Hydroponic Gardening is a really neat gardening system that allows plants to grow, without soil! Plants grown by the hydroponic system have a growth rate that is 30-50 percent QUICKER than plants grown through original methods. You know what that means: big plants, fast! Not only do they grow quicker, but vegetable yields tend to be higher as well. Great for anyone trying to support a family! Here’s how you can get involved in hydroponic gardening.
To begin growing, it’s important to realize how important an adequate “grow medium” is to your garden. A grow medium provides adequate soil drainage and helps prevent root rot. Hydroponics.Net recommends using a substance called Rockwool when choosing a grow medium. Produced from volcanic rock, it provides excellent drainage and it isn’t too expensive! Sand can also be used, but the PH levels can affect the health of your plant.
When it’s time to begin fertilizing your garden, purchase a variety of soil specifically for hydroponic gardens. Keep the plants PH levels between 5.8 and 6.3. It is recommended that you check the PH levels in a hydroponic garden at least once weekly. Highs and lows in PH can cause nutritional absorbency issues. If you want to really get into the nitty gritty (and I swear it didn’t sound too overwhelming..) find out more about Hydroponic Gardening here!
Now that all of that is out of the way…It’s time to begin thinking about your Hydroponic System! Check out these awesome DIY systems that I’ve found!
DIY Network knows best when it comes to framing with PVC pipes!
If you don’t have tons of space..always look up! Wurst Ex has a tutorial that’ll show you how to make this vertical garden yours!
Or, for an even littler amount of space, you can always install a mini garden along your wall! See how here.
Or what if I told you that you could have an entire garden indoors?! Hello, new window treatment! From Gardening Know How.