When people think of growing plants, fruit and vegetables, they automatically think about growing it with soil in their garden. However, this isn’t the only way you can grow plants, hydroponics has become increasingly popular in the recent years, but not everyone knows what it actually is.
Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without soil, there are numerous ways you can grow plants hydroponically, for instance you can use a wicks system – this is described as a passive system where there are no moving parts. In addition to this you can grow with a flood a drain system, which is where flooding grow trays temporarily is required. Water culture system is an active system where there are moving parts, however this often used for just growing plants like lettuce. Drip system is where a timer will be used to control a water pump where the plants are sprayed with. The aeroponic system is a high tech method and the N.F.T system is where solution from a reservoir is pumped into the growing trays. As you can see there are plenty of ways you can grow hydroponically by simply using water and no soil, but what actually are the benefits of growing hydroponically? Here are some:
- You can grow more plants in a smaller space, and with hydroponics, plants actually grow quicker when using hydroponics and you can also grow all year-round. What more could you want? Having your favourite fruit and vegetables, freshly grown, at any time of the year.
- Even though hydroponics uses water solely to grow the plants, you can actually find yourself saving money of your water bills and soil grown plants requires more water.
- You can forget about weeding; with hydroponics you won’t have the trouble of pulling out any weeds because they simply don’t produce them.
- You control everything, therefore how much nutrients and water the plants get.
- You can have your own in-door garden.
- Do you hate the taste of ‘Earth’ on your soil grown fruit and vegetables? Well there is no need to worry because with hydroponics you get freshly tasting fruit and vegetables without the dirt.
- Gardening in general is relaxing and stress relieving so one way to keep you occupied and have a time to chill out is growing hydroponically.
- Less fertiliser is required with hydroponics.
As you can see there are many benefits as to why you should be growing hydroponically, whether it is because you want fresh fruit and vegetables all year-round or if you want to save money on water bills – everyone chooses hydroponics for a variety of different reasons. So what would yours be? Start today and don’t miss out on the new trendy way to grow plants!