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Home Hydroponic Gardens
If you have heard of hydroponics or other methods of growing plants without soil and want to try it out at home, you can. Hydroponics is easy to care for and set-up at home. There are materials you can buy or some you may be able to find around the house.
The requirements for plants are the same whether you are growing a garden traditionally or with a hydroponics method. In hydroponics, the nutrients the plant would get from the soil are replaced by a growing medium that can be purchased at gardening supply stores. The growing medium is fed directly to the roots by method of a drip-feeder. The system can be automated and the gardener can control how many drips the roots receive in a specified time frame. The more of the growing medium the faster the plants grow. The need for water and light is still just as important though. Light can come from a natural source, an artificial source or a combination of the two. Depending on the type of hydroponics system the method that your plant gets water will differ too.
In order to get the best results from your home-based hydroponics garden, find a south- facing window to give the plants the best natural light. If this isn’t possible, you can purchase special lights that are specifically designed for plants. Instead of using a fluorescent light, buy what is known as a discharge light. This imitates the light the plants would naturally get from the sun and will produce healthier and hardier plants.
The water that the root system is growing in needs to be healthy water full of nutrients and this can be determined by checking the pH level (it should be a pH level of 6). The pH level should be checked on a regular basis to ensure it is not too acidic or alkaline. If the reading is too high, add small amounts of vinegar and keep re-testing until you can the reading you want. If the water reading has a pH level that is too low, use the same procedure to raise the pH level except use baking soda instead of vinegar.
Since the system can be automated, the amount of time and energy that is required to maintain a hydroponics garden is less than with a traditional garden. As long as enough water is present and growing medium the plants can be left unattended for a longer period of time.
The types of plants that are best for hydroponics are ones with thin spider-like roots. Plants that have a bulb root system are still best grown in the traditional soil method inside a pot or outside. When you are ready to begin, germinate the seeds for your plants like you normally would. When the seed has started to sprout and has approximately 2-5 millimeters of growth it is ready to transplant to the hydroponics container and begin growing.
By growing your plants with hydroponics, you will see faster and more abundant growth. The method that the plants get their nutrients is more efficient and results in robust and prolific plants – whether they are houseplants, vegetable plants, or herbs. A home-based hydroponics garden can grow vegetables year round. The concern about pests and the composition of the soil are not an issue with this type of gardening. Another bonus with this type of gardening is how fast you can have mature vegetables indoors (by increasing the amount of growing medium).
Building Your Own Hydroponics System
Building your own hydroponics system isn’t as hard as you may think. All you have to do is follow the right instructions and you can create a system to provide your plants with water. If you don’t have enough space for the garden of your dreams, then you need to learn about hydroponics. All the essential nutrients will be mixed in with the water supply in order to provide each plant with everything it needs to survive and grow.
By building your own hydroponics system, your plants will all grow faster. This is especially good if you grow and sell them. You can expect a higher yield if they grow quickly. You can also save a lot of money by enjoying them all year round. You can expect a fresh supply of high quality vegetables and foliage on a regular basis with your own hydroponics system.
There are DIY guides that will teach you how to build the system. To get started, you will need a container such as a bucket or fish tank. It should have the same dimensions (l x w) from top to bottom. This will be the reservoir, and you will need to paint it black. You will need to keep track of how much water you put in, so make sure you have measuring tape ready.
You will also need Styrofoam. It should be ¼” smaller than the dimensions of the reservoir. For instance, if the reservoir dimensions are 34” in length and 18” in width, the Styrofoam should be cut to 33 ¾” x 17 ¾”. However, if the top of the reservoir is larger in dimension than the bottom, the Styrofoam should be at least two inches smaller in order to fit appropriately. There needs to be enough room to add water.
Before you place the Styrofoam in the reservoir, you need to cut some holes. Set the net pots on top of it in the places you plan on placing the plants. With a sharp object, cut the Styrofoam around the bottom of the pots. You also need to cut a hole on one end for the air line. Space the plants appropriately around the Styrofoam so that each can receive an adequate amount of light.
The last main step in building your own hydroponics system is to choose a pump and connect the air line to the bottom of the reservoir. A good hydroponics supply store should recommend the right size pump for you. They come in gallons of at least two, so you need to get one large enough for your reservoir. Hopefully, the pump will come with the air line. If not, then make sure you order one that will extend from the pump to the bottom of the reservoir.
Always keep your reservoir filled with a good nutrient solution so that your plants will receive everything they need in order to grow. This guide just provides the basics for building your own hydroponics system, so if you have any trouble, you can look over a more detailed DIY guide and watch how-to videos.
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