Gone are the days when people were ignorant of what lies inside their favorite vegetables and how they were grown. Now urban population is becoming more vigilant about their family’s health and their own. All thanks to organic farming and hydroponics, which are surging like adrenaline rush in the urban society. I guess we all might have enjoyed at some point have enjoyed homegrown fresh veggies that tasted heavenly. But with time as more and more arable land was transformed to concrete jungles, gardening at least in the traditional form no longer seemed to be a feasible option. The need was to adopt newer techniques where we can grow our favorite fruits and vegetables in a simulated grow room or greenhouse.
With the prevalence of hydroponics, it has become easier for those people who not only love growing vegetables but also want to give a chemical-free diet to their dear ones. Hydroponic vegetable gardening, a convenient mode of growing plants in a soil less medium, plants are grown in a nutrient medium or using root zone media for anchorage and absorption. The nutrient solution gives your plants the required nutrients that they would otherwise find in soil.
Hydroponic vegetable gardening requires less space, is pesticide free, and crops can be grown all year round. You don’t have to worry about the fluctuating temperatures as you can carry out your hydroponic vegetable gardening indoors. Hydroponic gardening is not climate dependent. Just because it’s winter, you need not let go of the opportunity to grow the tomatoes you love so much, lovingly sun-drying them later to use in warm offerings of food. You no longer have to spend time worrying about the right season and the right weather to grow your crops in. Hydroponic gardening liberates you from all those hitherto unavoidable natural factors that prevented you from growing your choicest crops throughout the year.
However, you need to do some in-depth groundwork before you begin with your own hydroponic vegetable gardening. Here are some pointers which will be helpful:
- Check out your complete commercial supplies for nutrients, organic nutrient sources and mineral elements that your plants need.
- Supply your plants with organic substances needed in human nutrition, storage methods and find out about pests damaging specific vegetables.
- Gather some other valuable information like recommended temperature ranges, seed propagation, cultivating seedlings, harvest timing and methods, pruning, inter-cropping, suggested gaps between plants in gravel culture, and significant growing factors.
- Create your own vegetable layout diagrams for every season with two cyclic orientations of plants towards the sun for each season. Preplan space to be allocated to each plant and draw an outline of where each vegetable plant should be set and when.
After completing all this basic research work, get to setting up your hydroponic vegetable garden and start assembling and growing your desired plants. Then you can both sit back and enjoy watching your beautiful, fresh veggies growing healthily or you can make plans to how you are going to sell this huge yield and make handsome profits !