A lot of gardeners are switching over or are getting more interested in hydroponics gardening for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that they are small and are perfect for indoor growing and are usually ideal for growing herbs and vegetables. In particular, the red tomato. As far as equipment goes for this type of gardening, it’s rather inexpensive and quite easy to manage.
What’s Hydroponics Gardening?
If you haven’t got a clue as to what “hydroponics gardening” really is. I’ll explain it right away. In the truest sense, it means growing plants without soil. Dirtless gardening, in fact. This type of gardening comes in a lot of different ways, but most work better than regular gardening. Why do you ask? With hydroponics gardening, you can regulate exactly what you give to the plants and when they need them. You can change the pH, the light, water and nutrients amount as well as the strength of the nutrients. This does mean that you’ll have to do research on the plants you’re going to grow.
This can become as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. From complete computers with sensors to control the water cycles, lighting amounts, and nutrients for the plants, to a simple hand water bucket with only one plant in it. The usual hydroponics gardening system consists of a growing tray (obviously), some form of light, natural or artificial, a reservoir, water pump (or something else to water the plants) and some kind of air pump to provide the nutrients with the oxygen they need.
The substance in which the plants are meant to grow can be a lot of things. Like perlite, coconut fiber, sand, gravel, vermiculite, air (yes, air!) and Rockwood. Instruction can usually be found in a gardening store. If not you can find it online or you can buy separate parts and build your own growing medium. There are also ready-made gardening kits available at gardening stores.
Micro-nutrients, however small they may be, are of utmost importance to growing a healthy plant. The more important ones are magnesium, sulfur, cobalt, calcium, iron, copper, boron, zinc and manganese. It is very, very important that you choose a high-quality fertilizer when it comes to hydroponics gardening.
Another thing you MUST keep in mind is the pH balance of your plants. When the pH balance changes and varies, your plants will have difficulty absorbing nutrients that it so desperately needs. Hydroponics gardening, however, does make it very easy to check the ph balance of your plants, especially when compared to regular soil gardening.
Different Hydroponics Gardening Types
From the hundreds of different types of hydroponics gardening, Water culture, ebb and flow, Wick, Drip, and Aeroponic are the six basic ones. Gardening in this way is easy, affordable (read: Cheap) and you can have fresh produce, like flowers, spices, veggies and herbs the entire year round. | Hydroponics Gardening |