Hydroponics – The Natural Approach for Greener Crop Production

Lee Richards

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If you think that hydroponics is just for experienced gardeners and serious plant enthusiasts, you've got another thing coming! Hydroponics is actually an incredibly efficient and beginner friendly growing method which is used for everything from herb gardening to floral plants to fresh fruits and vegetables. As of late, it's also being applied to growing plants commercially on a large scale. While it's simple to picture this type of growing procedure being classified as some sort of new, advanced technology, hydroponics has been in use for thousands of years already. The ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of history's most famous wonders, are thought to have worked along similar hydroponic concepts.

The way hydroponics works is that the plants are placed in a nutrient solution inside the reservoir, which is allowed to permeate to the roots of various growing plants. The plants are simply growing within a nutrient solution, rather than being planted directly into soil, and this is where hydroponics differs from traditional growing methods most strongly. In some ways, hydroponics is much more similar to the kind of outdoor gardening that most people are familiar with, as the principles of growing plants are pretty much universal.

Plants all need a few key things in order to grow, including light, nutrients, heat, and air. All these things are supplied naturally or supplemented artificially in traditional growing methods, but in hydroponics, everything must be supplemented apart from air. This allows plants to develop in a controlled environment that the grower can tweak to optimise the growing environment to help them to grow bigger and stronger, and yield more produce.

The cost of a hydroponics system is much lower than a traditional garden. This is because in a hydroponics system, you don't need to have a supporting structure for the plants in the form of land, and you will be able to use your resources such as water and fertiliser more efficiently. This is because when plants are grown in the field they are usually sprayed with fertilisers and irrigated in a way that leads to a fair amount of wasted resources.

Hydroponics also allows for a variety of different types of plants to be grown indoors, since almost all plants can be grown under these supplemented conditions using LED grow lights and temperature controls. One of the most popular plants to grow using hydroponics today is the tomato.

Tomatoes enjoy a lush growing environment, so it's no wonder hydroponics is becoming a popular way to grow them which allows you to enjoy fresh, vine ripened tomatoes year round. By growing tomatoes using hydroponics, you can ensure that your tomato plants get all the nutrients they need. You can even make sure that the crops are getting extra vitamins and minerals by providing extra nutrients.

Hydroponics can also be used for growing herbs such as basil, thyme, coriander, parsley and chives for your kitchen. When grown this way, hydroponics allows you to easily control the amount of light and water that your hydroponic herbs have access to, so they can grow to be very big. However, hydroponics isn't the best method for growing herbs if you want your herbs to flourish indoors but don’t want to bring soil into the kitchen environment.

It's important to keep a close eye on your hydroponic nutrients to keep your water parameters within healthy limits. If there are any problems with your nutrient solution, you should immediately remove the solution and start over with a new batch. This is especially important if you're growing a lot of plants and using high amounts of hydroponic nutrients as it can damage or even kill your plants. By taking a look at the nutrient levels in your solution regularly, you can ensure that your hydroponic plants get the nutrients they need to grow healthily.

If you use hydroponics, you'll need to watch out for plant diseases. You should be able to easily identify fungus and other plant diseases using a simple handbook on hydroponics or by researching online. It's a smart idea to invest in a book on hydroponics so that you can better recognise problems with your growing plants and be able to quickly solve them. Many people who are just starting out with growing their own vegetables and herbs in hydroponics have learned this very lesson and have gone on to become very successful gardeners.