Why hydroponics? What is hydroponics? Why is hydroponics better?
These questions are easily answered as we look more closely at the art of hydroponics and explore 15 reasons for growing with hydroponics.
Hydroponics is essentially growing without soil utilizing mostly water or rather a nutrient rich solution which provides the plants with everything they need in order to thrive. Those who practice hydroponics often prefer it over soil gardening because you have much more control over the factors that affect growth. Fertilizer, water, PH, lighting, as well as other factors such as airflow are often precisely controlled in hydroponic growing operations.
The enhanced control that the grower has when growing hydroponically allows for a typically more uniform and predictable crop. Often hydroponics is done indoors or in a greenhouse and since it is often more sheltered then a typical garden the usual pests are often not as much of a problem. Hydroponics can be as simple as a rubbermaid tote and an aquarium air-pump all the way up to massive greenhouse operations almost as far as the eye can see.
Hydroponics gives the fun of growing plants without the mess of dealing with mud or dirt.
Top 15 reasons for growing with hydroponics
- more precise control
- cleaner than digging in the dirt
- no dirt needed
- can be automated more easily than soil gardening
- less water is used because it gets recycled
- pests and diseases are less common
- easier to harvest
- plants mature more quickly
- few to no pesticides can be used
- no weeds
- less labor and resource intensive
- can be enjoyed year-round
- be a part of modern agricultural scientific gardening
- know exactly what has gone in to each plant (or on each plant)
- can be a fun hobby (especially in the winter)
We here at TheHydroCultivator.com are passionate about hydroponics. The DFT Build #1 is a hydroponics system that our household uses to have a constantly renewing supply of fresh lettuce and salad greens. We know what goes into the plants and what goes onto the plants. They provide us with oxygen and delicious tasting salads for dinner not to mention provide a fun and engaging hobby and conversation piece. Hopefully these 15 reasons for growing with hydroponics inspire you to join in the fun.
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