So over the last few years, there has been an increase in and around the term hydroponics and aquaponics. First off what is hydroponics? Well, it is not something new and has been around for thousands of years.
Simply put hydroponics is growing plants without using soil. The plants are grown in sand, gravel or liquid with added nutrients. The idea behind it is to allow the plant to soak up nutrients without going through the soil.
The main reasons we plant our flowers, herbs and vegetables in the ground is to keep them anchored. The other idea would be to allow the plants to gather nutrients from the field which will enable them to grow.
Hydroponics had been around for thousands of years. Many civilisations have used this growing technique, like the in the hanging gardens of Babylon around 605 BC. Also the floating gardens of the Aztecs in Mexico.
The main reason all these civilisations used hydroponics was because of where they were located. Some were building cities in areas with little or no soil. So it was one of the there only option to grow vegetables for their civilisations.
Easy To Set Up
Still not convinced why you should give it a go? Well, you can set up a basic system anywhere in your house, garage, greenhouse or shed.
Some of the benefits of using hydroponics are the ability to produce a higher yield of a crop than the traditional methods of growing.
You can grow anything in any environment as you don’t need soil and also eliminating the need to use pesticides which will make the food cleaner.
You grow the plant in a netpot, and this supports the plant. The roots grow through the sides and absorb the nutrient-rich solution to develop.
Here Are Some More Facts
This is done because the plants can absorb nutrients from the water better than it can from the soil.
Framers claim that some hydroponics crops use 90% less water than the same crops in traditional soil farming.
You can plant four times the amount of crops in the same space as traditional soil farming.
They are grown in an inert medium without soil with perfectly balanced pH, nutrients solutions and highly oxygenated water which is delivered directly to the roots.
Some crops can grow twice as fast in hydroponics due to getting exactly the correct amount of nutrients, water and oxygen. These amounts can always be adjusted to get the best result.
So have I convinced you? Do you feel like getting rid of all your soil in your greenhouse and swapping it for water and a hydroponics starter kit? Maybe but if this article has interested you then good luck with going soil free.