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What Is Hydroponics And What Are The Benefits?

By Jeff McArthur

The word hydroponics arises from the ancient Greek terms for hydro (water) and pono (labor). It is a manner of growing crops without the use of soil through certain types of hydroponic systems. Hydroponics was mostly used in countries where the soil was inappropriate for growing crops and for commercial purposes.

In recent years however hydroponics has grown in popularity amongst all types of people. It first worked its way into urban environments thanks to the lack of space for gardening. Nowadays we find hydroponics being used within urban communities as well as rural ones. Thanks to hydroponics anybody is now able to grow a garden in even the smallest spaces. You can expect successful harvests with hydroponics and can grow vegetables just like you would in a garden. You may even find you grow too many and are forced to freeze some of it for a later date.

When growing your own soilless garden you have control over the environment as well as the types of fertilizers used. With hydroponic gardening, regardless of your soil quality or lack thereof, anyone is able to grow their own produce. Plus, plants will grow faster than they would be able to even in excellent soil. There is no risk of diseases such as the recurring problem with salmonella in tomatoes. Your harvest will always be consistent in yield and of the highest quality. You can even grow fruit trees as well as plants that are out of season. There are many greenhouses worldwide that utilize hydroponics to grow flowers and vegetables throughout the year.

Vertical hydroponic gardens are becoming popular in many urban areas. Rather than community vegetable gardens, cities will set up hydroponic garden stations so people can enjoy fresh produce even where there’s a lack of soil. This strategy may even be used on ocean vessels in the future in order to have fresh vegetables easily available during lengthy voyages.

Hydroponic gardening can be done indoors with the proper lighting or in a greenhouse. It is also environmentally friendly. It uses only 10 percent of the water used by traditional gardening methods. There’s no need for the application of chemical products to control pests and weeds. Furthermore, you only need a quarter of the quantity of fertilizer utilized by an outside garden, and you’ll still get the same size of crop. You only need about 20 percent of the space to get the same crop as you would outside, and there’s no official growing season to worry about. Meaning that instead of only bearing once, they can bear vegetables or fruit several times per year.

Hydroponics may just change the way the world views farmers in the future and might be the solution to food shortages and hunger worldwide.

If you’re serious about indoor gardening, you might want to consider hydroponic gardening using water instead of soil. Click here for some helpful advice on using a hydroponic greenhouse and what to look for in an indoor grow tent.

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