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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 !
If you are a gardening enthusiast you can look at simulating your favorite vegetable gardening. Growing indoor vegetable garden is actually quite easy and cost effective. Using hydroponics you will be able to grow vegetables all year round and have access to fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. You do not have to fret and fume about extreme weather conditions and pests that damage plants when using an indoor hydroponic garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grow well in this type of garden.
Purchase soil grown seedling or seeds and transplant them into your hydroponic system. Ensure that you transplant seedlings which are at least 2 to 3 inches in height. Before transplanting the seedlings into your hydroponic system, rinse the roots properly with water to remove all traces of soil.
Also double check the pH of your nutrient solutions. It has to be in the range of pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Adjust the pH if required by adding either phosphoric acid or potassium hydroxide, depending on the pH level. Make sure the water contains the proper amount of hydroponics nutrients to feed the plants — many commercially available brands come “ready-to-use.” Add nutrients when you add or refresh the water.
To be a successful hydroponic grower, educate yourself about the various types of hydroponic systems to evaluate which one best suits your needs. For your vegetable hydroponics garden you can opt for either a deep water or ebb and flow system. You can purchase it either from your neighborhood hydroponic store or make it yourself using an 18-gallon plastic tub. Fill the reservoir with water to verify everything is in working order before setting plants in the growing containers. Water culture systems are the oldest type of hydroponics. They work by suspending the plants in a growing medium while the roots are in contact with water and nutrients via a reservoir system. Both drip and ebb systems are perhaps the most readily available form of hydroponic systems, and they function by using a pump to recycle water and nutrients to the roots. Wick systems, on the other hand, are very basic and essentially use a simple wick to automatically get the nutrients to the plant.
And lastly read and find out about various growing mediums and plant nutrients. Knowing as much as possible about the ins and outs of hydroponic vegetable growing will give you the best advantage. So reap the benefits of hydroponic growing and move on to a healthier lifestyle