Home Hydroponics Protects Your Food
We live in a time of increasing population, climate change, GMO crops, and economic uncertainty. People on tv are preparing for the end of the world and scarce food supplies. When we depend entirely on nature to supply us with our food needs we risk nature’s unpredictable wrath, be it in the form of drought, animal or insect pests decimating crops, or some other terrible act of nature like severe hail, or worse. These factors are certainly a case for utilizing hydroponic growing techniques inside of a protected environment such as a greenhouse. The average homeowner can benefit from hydroponics as well, it is not necessarily limited to a huge greenhouse operation.
Indoor Gardening Benefits
In today’s world of increased scrutiny on the food we and our family eat, we may find some of the things about our food disturbing. There are very passionate voices crying out about the negative effects of genetically modified crops that are finding their way into our food supply. The popular herbicide glyphosate for example is said to be impossible to even wash off of contaminated food.1 A home hydroponic system can help us through these situations. Using a modest sized hydroponics system in front of a window in our house we are able to grow a nearly uninterrupted supply of fresh and nutritious salad greens for our dinners.
Know What You Grow
When you grow your own food you know exactly what has gone into it. You know exactly what has (or has not) been sprayed on it. For our family needs it is rare that we have to ever put any pesticides on our salad greens and if we ever need to it is usually just a mild soap solution. There is also the matter of what you feed your plants. We typically use a premade water soluble powder hydroponic fertilizer. that is quite affordable, usually the General Hydroponics MaxiGro. To be sure we are getting the best nutrition we also add a trace and rare mineral supplement to the hydroponic growing solution. There is a certain peace of mind knowing so much about where your salad comes from and what made it grow.
Hydroponic Gardening – Efficient!
When you grow an outdoor soil garden you are often required to spray or treat pests in some way. Treating pests is much more rare in an indoor hydroponic operation. There is also the water that is needed for the soil garden that must be considered. In a typical hydroponic garden your water solution will constantly recirculate and feed your plant’s roots. In a typical soil garden some of the water will evaporate, some will flow past the roots, and some will runoff taking away fertilizer with it and often ending up in streams or rivers causing algal blooms. The water use savings for a hydroponic garden is significant. There have been studies that suggest in some crops such as roses the hydroponics grow used only 65% of the water that the soil crop of the same variety used2.
Hydroponic Home Garden of The Future
For many of the reasons mentioned above hydroponics has a strong potential future. Hydroponics at home may become more popular as well. Many of the new technological innovations such as home automation and internet connected devices may help play a role in making home hydroponics even more of a great choice. Most hydroponics systems can easily be automated to almost run themselves. They can dose themselves with nutrients, add water, and can potentially be checked by the owner on their smartphone while they are away. Hydroponics is the fusion of technology with the science of agriculture and it makes food production more predictable and reliable which is why we believe it has a great future both in business and in the home.
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