A Beginners Guide to Hydroponics and Organic Hydroponic Gardening
Hydroponics, simply described, is a method of growing plants with the use of water mixed nutrition solution. Soil is not used in the growing process at all, which makes is a popular choice for gardening, as it entails more efficiency and a reduced risk of pesticides and other plant borne diseases. Going a step further, people have started using organic hydroponic gardening to cultivate edible items like fruits and vegetables.
This may come as a surprise to those who had never associated organic plant cultivation with hydroponics; but if you think about it, the main ingredients used in hydroponics are either already organic in nature (water), or can be made organic (the nutrients and fertilizer). So it is absolutely possible to pursue organic hydroponic gardening.
More about Hydroponics
The word Hydroponics comes from the Greek language (hydro meaning water and ponos meaning labor). As mentioned above, it is a way of cultivating plants, using water mixed with nutrients and growing media such as perlite, gravel, and mineral wool. No soil is required, since soil only acts as nutrient reservoir. It suffices therefore, to supply the nutrient solution to the plant roots artificially.
Hydroponics has proven to be a fascinating development in the area of indoor gardening. The main reasons why plant growers have adopted hydroponics pertain mainly to cost effectiveness and efficiency. The
Advantages of hydroponics include:
· No soil is required
· There is stable and substantial plant yield
· The risk of pests and diseases is considerably reduced
· The cost of water is significantly lower since usually the water can be reused There is less space, growing time, and labor involved
· The cost of nutrition also proves to be low, since the nutrients mixed with water are recyclable
· There is virtually no nutrition pollution owing to the fact that hydroponics is a controlled method of plant cultivation and can be operated in a sheltered area, using artificial lighting.
To summarize, the popularity of hydroponics can be attributed to a higher rate of plant growth, as well as the fact that because it does not involve the usage of soil, it can be used to grow plants in places where traditionally it is not possible to conduct in-ground agricultural or gardening activities.
What is Organic Hydroponic Gardening?
The word organic is used to describe anything that emanates from the earth, like plants, animals, and vegetables. Organic Gardening thus implies that no artificially developed ingredients are used in the plant cultivation process. As it is, one of the main ingredients in hydroponics, water, is organic, and organic fertilizer can also be derived from cows, chicken, seaweed, sheep maure, bones, and other several other natural sources.
It may be worth noting here that along with the water mixed nutrients, plants also require air and nitrogen in order to grow and prosper well. Additionally, there also needs to an adequate content of pH (potential Hydrogen) in the fertilizer. It is a proven fact that hydroponics conducted with an organic fertilizer along with other organic gardening processes, it results in richer, better plants yields.
A notable advantage of organic hydroponics is that one can derive the combined results that come from soil based as hydroponic gardening. This helps to do away with the hassle of creating the best combination of chemicals, which, if ordinarily not done, leads to plant deterioration.
The good news about both, hydroponics and organic hydroponic gardening is that you transfer your plants cultivated with soil to a hydroponic system. This simply entails gently extracting the plants from the soil, and then running its roots under some cold water. Finally, you can place the roots into your hydroponic pot or container and cover it with your growing media.
In conclusion, it would be safe to say that hydroponic and organic hydroponic gardening make it possible to achieve cleaner and healthier environmental conditions. And finally, people who have used these methods of plant cultivation have found it to be tremendously fun and productive. So, why wait, go ahead, and start your hydroponics garden today!
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