Are you scared of gardening? Does the mud and grime make your hands chapped and dry and the mess created by the soil makes you irritable and dejected? The conventional methods of soil based gardening does need an active involvement of the grower and can be quite tiresome most of the times. If you are looking for simpler and enjoyable way of growing plants, hydroponics is the answer. You can grow your favorite plant in a hybridized environment with the help of hydroponic gardening. Deciphering the art and the science behind growing plants is amazingly interesting.
Hydroponics is essentially the science of growing plants sans soil, with the help of nutrient solution and inert root zone media like perlite, rockwool, cocopeat and so on. These media allow water and air flow to the roots of plants. The nutrient solution gives your plants the required nutrients that they would otherwise find in soil. Hydroponics is not dependent on climatic conditions and is most effective when the plants are grown indoors. You will have several options to grow your hydroponic plant – from a simple grow room to a climate controlled, fully automated greenhouse. As a hydroponic farmer, you have plenty of options for lighting the garden as well. You will need to evaluate the kind of light that will best suit your plant. Hydroponic gardening can be done in open spaces, orchards, grow rooms or even by using small objects like plastic trays, unused fish tanks and old barrels. You will also need to figure out what kind of a hydroponic system you are planning to create and where will it be situated – outdoors, indoors, greenhouse etc.
Agriculture industry is witnessing a paradigm change because of manifold issues like shortage of land, scarcity of water and labor issues. There is a need for a technique which can produce maximum yield in minimal land, with less water, and even lesser hassles than soil based growing. The answer to all these issues lies in one word- “Hydroponics”. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk. By studying and applying the techniques of general hydroponics, one can get flourishing, aromatic and luscious green vegetables and fruits in their own grow room.