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Hydroponic Gardening: Everything To Know

Hydroponic Gardening: Everything To Know

Whether you want to grow strawberries or tomatoes, if you don’t have much space in your backyard to start a garden, then you may not have room for your plants to bloom and fruit. It may sound complicated at first, but starting a small at-home hydroponic garden for your favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs is easier than you might think. Even restaurants are catching on and growing their own produce for year-long, sustainable menus. If you want to start your own indoor hydroponic garden for your family’s preferred produce, we can teach you everything to know about hydroponic gardening.

Less Wasted Water

Hydroponic gardening has water (“hydro”) in its name, so you might think you’d have to use more water than in a soil garden. You may use a lot of water to fill up a hydroponic garden’s basin, but if you rely on a wick or drip irrigation system, the water usage will look about the same—if not better—than it would in an outdoor soil garden. When you’re gardening outside, you can’t use water on your plants as efficiently—some water misses the plants’ roots or erodes the topsoil. In a hydroponic garden, all the water flows directly to the roots of the plants with very little evaporation. You only need to do a full water change every two or three weeks—any additions between those full changes is a simple top-off.

No Messy Soil

Hydroponic gardens don’t use soil, instead offering a wide variety of different growing mediums for plants to take root in, each with its own pros and cons. These growing mediums are completely sterile—they may not provide your plants any nutrients, but they also won’t harbor dangerous diseases or provide a comfortable home for unseen pests. You’ll need to feed your plants the nutrients they need with the proper fertilizer or your own nutrient mixes—much like a science project.

Fresh Greens All Year Long

Your hydroponic system will be fully under your control, which means you can grow whatever you want whenever you want. Out-of-season fruits or even non-native plants are perfectly fine in a well-maintained hydroponic garden when you pay attention to that specific plant’s needs. Once you start growing, you may find you have more than enough fruits and vegetables to feed yourself or your family. You can also make a quick profit by selling any extra produce you grow to friends, family members, and members of your community. If you grow enough, you may even consider selling some to local restaurants!

Go Big or Think Small

An indoor hydroponic garden doesn’t have to take up a large amount of space to be effective. Your garden can be just one small container, a trendy rack of tiny DIY herb containers, or a huge, automated endeavor in a private greenhouse. How you garden hydroponically is completely up to you and to the space you have in your home. Once you learn everything to know about hydroponic gardening, nothing is stopping you from showing off your horticulture skills.