Hydroponic Gardens – The Soilless Garden
To most people, gardens have to have soil in order for the plants to grow. But, for those who know about hydroponics, a whole new world opens up before them that allows them to grow their entire garden without soil.
This process uses water to get the nutrients to the roots of the plants, thus cutting out the soil and the weeding that ultimately comes with it. While a hydroponic garden may not be the easiest method, once you get the basics down, it is the most fun way to grow your vegetables.
Hydroponics comes from two Greek words, “Hydro,” which means water and “Ponics,” which translates to labor. Thus, Hydroponics is making water do the labor that the soil normally does. You will still have to get the nutrients to the plants, and you can do this with natural water soluble ingredients or by chemical additives in the water.
Once you have the desired nutrients, you have to decide what the best anchor would be for the plants you want to grow. Containers for hydroponics come in all shapes and sizes and materials.
The best hydroponics containers will be made from Rockwool or shale. Rockwool can be used in any kind of hydroponics system while shale is the best for the ebb and flow system. Ebb and flow systems are used to flood your containers with the nutrient rich water, and then allowed to drain out on their own.
Drip systems use a constant drip of water that keeps the water and nutrients around the roots at all times. By using these kinds of hydroponics, you will start to notice a higher yield in your garden. This is, of course, based on your level of skill in growing.
There are plenty of sites online that have all the tools necessary to start your hydroponic garden. You might be able to find most of this stuff at your local gardening center as well since this type of gardening has become fairly popular over the years. You should also do some research on the different types of plants that you can grow and how the nutrients will affect them. If you are looking for an almost maintenance free gardening solution for your busy life, hydroponics may just be the start of your gardening career.