Help Me Understand the Benefits and Cost Savings of Hydroponics
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Hydroponics vs. Soil
You have options when it comes to growing plants.
Knowing the differences between using hydroponics vs. soil is important.
Each growth method has advantages. For example, growing plants with hydroponics uses less water than soil gardens. You can typically grow more in less space with a hydroponic garden vs. soil.
A hydroponic garden grows plants without soil.
Instead, roots grow in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. The word “hydroponics” means “working water” in Latin.
There are various types of hydroponics systems. Two examples are the nutrient film technique and the ebb and flow system. Depending on the system you use, you need different aggregates also called growing mediums. These can include clay pellets, coconut coir, and more.
Plants grow in a hydroponic nutrient solution that feeds the plants. This is a liquid that feeds the roots with a mixture of vitamins and minerals --- including calcium, phosphorus, and nitrogen.
Some of the best plants for hydroponics include cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, and hydroponic tomatoes.
Growing in Water vs. Soil
Growing in water enables people to manipulate the environment to achieve faster growth and better yields.
In addition, with hydroponics, you won’t have to consider starting a garden where the soil is poor.
Another advantage of hydroponics is that you can grow in unpredictable weather or harsh climates. If you live in a moderate climate, you can grow hydroponically outdoors year-round.