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In indoor gardening, plants can be grown in hydroponics nutrient solution in water or any other inert medium such as coco coir or rockwool or perlite. Organic nutrients help in healthier growth of plants. These nutrients are specially formulated to meet all your plants’ needs. Another advantage is that most of the nutrients must be dissolved in water and then supplied to the plant. Some hydroponic nutrients help in overall growth of plants while others are focused on specific parts such as fruits, flowers etc.
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Organic nutrients can be provided to plants through naturally occurring fertilizers like peat, kelp, slurry, manure and, worm castings. Nitrogen, Potash, and Phosphorous along with other essential micronutrients when provided to plants through organic sources will result in healthy growth of plants. They also increase fertility level of soil and are completely biodegradable. Organic nutrients even if provided in excess to your plants, have no harmful effects unlike in case of chemical fertilizers.
Hydroponics plant thrive on organic nutrition as well. Many hydroponic growers have reported that the growth rate of plants has increased with the use of organic nutrients. Organic fertilizer like Bat Guano is rich in nitrogen and helps in healthy growth of hydroponic plants. Another such fertilizer, earthworm casting are used traditionally to provide organic nutrients. Fishmeal along with providing nutrients to plants, also introduces growth enzymes in hydroponic nutrient media. Organic nutrients help the growth media to be rich in beneficial microbial growth.
Organic nutrients have many advantages. They help in improving soil structure by retaining moisture and humus to the soil. Nutrients are released at a slow yet consistent rate in to the soil. This helps in avoiding bloom-and-bust pattern in plants. Topsoil erosion is prevented with the help of organic nutrients. Inorganic nutrients are washed away with rain or irrigation water and the harmful chemicals accumulate in nearby water bodies. This causes harmful effects to the life in the water body. Organic nutrients on the other hand, even if get washed away to a pond or lake, they cause no ill-effect to the flora and fauna of the water body.
Organic fertilizers act as storehouse for many micronutrients, gibberins, auxins and many other useful elements. It is found that root expansion is better in plants which are provided with organic nutrients than the plants which are provided with chemical fertilizers. With the use of organic nutrients you can grow healthy, blooming plants, crops with better yields, and tasty, delicious fruits and vegetables and all this without any side-effects!
Pole beans are a favorite amongst many farmers, hobbyist gardeners and hydroponic growers. If provided with adequate amount of nutrients, water, light, and proper plant care, then you can get green, tall and healthy pole beans.
To grow pole beans, follow the steps mentioned below:
Preparation of site: Pole beans tend to grow vertically and thus you will need climb up poles or homemade teepees to support their growth. Select site in such a way that teepees do not block the light from reaching other smaller plants in your garden or grow room. Soil is to be tilled well and raked smooth before planting pole beans.
Selection and plantation of poles : Poles on which you want to grow beans should be of one to two inch in diameter and should have rough surfaces. If you wish to go for a less costly option, then teepees style supports are great for your plants. However, avoid using fencing wire or other horizontal wires as they tend to cause the vines to get tangled with each other and this affects their growth. Place the poles such that group of four poles point inwards (to form a cone). Use a twine to bind the poles together where they intersect.
Sowing Seeds: Once the poles are placed properly, sow six to seven seeds around each pole. Do not over-crowd the soil patch in the greed of getting more and more vines because they need enough space to climb up. Once you have sowed all the seeds, cover them with an inch thick layer of soil.
Plant Care: Like any other plant, beans too require gentle care. Provide them with fertilizers externally if required. However, do not over fertilize the plants, especially with nitrogen rich fertilizers because in such cases the plants just grow tall without bearing any produce. Beans grow exceptionally when soil/hydroponic media are rich in organic nutrients. Keep watering your plants at regular intervals. In case of pest infestation use appropriate pesticide and take care that your plants get enough light.
Harvest: Pole beans usually mature in 60 to 90 days. Once the beans are fully grown and ripe, it is time to harvest them. Best way is to harvest them with hands. Make sure you do not rip out or disturb any vines in the harvesting process.
Pole beans require a good set-up for them to grow healthily. Proper plant care and attention towards minor details like avoiding straying of vines, provision of light, removing damaged and yellowed leaves etc will give you, healthy pole beans.
Right type of soil: Any gardener or farmer will tell you that soil is the most important factor to grow a healthy plant. Indoor gardening gives an advantage that you can choose the right type of soil. The soil should be porous and well ploughed. This allows free movement of air and water through the soil. If the soil is aerated properly, it will help you keep unwanted insects away.
Compost: Organic compost is a booster for your plants’ growth. Using different organic compost will help supplying nutrients in the soil. Compost increases porosity as it ads humus and organic matter. Organic compost is completely biodegradable and hence it will not do any harm to your indoor garden.
Planting: You can plant your organic garden using cuttings or seeds. It is advisable to grow plants from seed in case of indoor gardening as this will eliminate risk of outside pests and contamination. Using organic seeds will help you get a great yield. Plants like peas, tomatoes, pepper grow well from seeds.
Organic nutrients: Use of totally biodegradable provides many organic nutrients for your plants. Using a perfect blend of organic nutrients will provide your plants with essential minerals like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash. These elements are required for healthy growth of your plants.
Physical factors: While creating your organic home garden, you have to take care of physical factors like water, temperature, light, humidity etc. Although I is important to provide sufficient water to your plants, make sure you do not overwater them. This will curb their growth and invite fungi on the plants. Temperature and amount of light should be monitored and regulated on a timely basis. Avoid any drastic changes in temperature regulation as this will mutate your plants severely.
If you follow some basic guidelines, your organic garden will flourish with fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruits. Unlike popular belief, using organic techniques for indoor gardening is not an expensive or tedious task. A little care and precision will help you have totally natural, synthetic fertilizer and pesticide free yield.
Many of us have the craving to cultivate a beautiful garden with the best of plant varieties and we do arrange for the best equipment and plant nutrients one can ever give to their plants. But all this goes in vain when we have to face the unpleasant truth of ‘heavy’ clay soil in our garden. Probably it is one of the major challenges in plant care.
Everything in nature has its significance and clay soil is nature’s part. You cannot get rid of it wholly but with few tips and skills, you can turn your clay soil garden worthy to grow good, selective vegetation.
To begin, it is essential to determine whether you really have clay soil in your plot. If you encounter prolonged periods of wetness even many days after heavy rains or your garden ground cracks after extended dry weather, you may have an issue with clay soil.
What next? Once you’re confirmed about the clay content, gear to fix it up! One basic thing to remember is that more we till the clay soil, more it gets compressed, especially if it is wet! So avoid over-working or walking on the soil else it will lead to poor drainage. Remember, amending clay soil is neither short-term, easy task nor it is cost-effective. So if you are willing to loosen your pockets, end result would be definitely worth waiting for.
Adding plenty of organic nutrients or well-rotted manure, leaf mold and green plants is always advised for improving the clay soil. But take care while watering during the first two seasons else water could build up in the bed making it a hub of disease causing microbes. Covering soil areas with slower decomposing organic materials can help keeping in mind that you should never work them up. Let them remain as they are and gradually and naturally they’ll degrade. Never ever put a layer of gravel in the bottom of planting holes which can turn out be an ideal place for water to drain into with catastrophic aftermaths for any plants.
One more option and probably the best one is to make ‘raised beds’ of 30 cm depth on top of the soil and filling them with new and high quality soil which eventually works its way into soil below. At the end, no matter which techniques you choose, just don’t let clay soil ruin your gardening experience and affect your plant care. So go ahead and try your gardening creativity to create something unique, stunning and wonderful!
Drip system works best with a network of mainlines, lateral lines and sub-mains. Drip system consistently controls the application of nutrients, water and other essential elements of growth substances into the root zone. The water and nutrients are supplied to the plants through emitters. With the help of these emitters nutrients are forced into the root zone with force. The force ensures that your plants never suffer from any kind of stress.
Drip system is an ideal hydroponics systems that enhances the growth and quality of your plants. It also promotes high yields. Drip irrigation or drip system is a hydroponic system that helps save water, which is a precious natural resource today. Listed below are a few benefits of drip irrigation:
- Drip system helps increase yield by approximately 150 percent more than normal irrigation.
- Compare to any other hydroponic system, drip system saves water by 70%.
- The growth is consistent and uniform with healthier looking plants.
- Because there is early growth of plants the returns on investment is also faster.
- The overall efficiency of fertilizers increases by 30%.
- The total cost of fertilizers, labor and inter-culturing is reduced and thus making it an efficient and cost effective system.
- With the help of drip system you can cultivate crops without worrying about water supply or water logging.
- The nutrients used in drip irrigation can be reused because it’s a low pressure system.
Drip system is compatible with most of the commonly used growing medium. A faster draining medium (like clay pellets) will need faster dripping emitters (or more of them per plant) whereas a slower draining medium (like Rockwool) would use slower dripping emitters. Rockwool is the standard medium which is generally used in Drip system. You can also consider using clay pellets or lava chips. Controlling the flow of the nutrient solution becomes difficult and thereby clogging the emitters. This is a major down side for most drip hydroponic systems. This issue becomes even more predominant in homemade hydroponic systems. Also, keep in mind that organic nutrients are not very compatible with this system as the smaller particles used in this system tends to clog the system.
There are various hydroponics systems available on the market that are available to control and fulfill the basic requirements of your plants. Drip system helps provide your plants with proper water supply by adequate sprinkling, draining and aerating to encourage your plants to thrive. The plants are individually supplied with nutrient solution through pre-set timers attached to them. You can easily grow herbs, peppers and tomatoes. Drip Systems are used to grow herbs, tomatoes, or peppers and the whole system can be placed indoor if you are using grow lights. This system is extremely prevalent in European countries. With very little chances of fungi and bacteria infecting the system, drip system is considered as one of the most reliable hydroponic system.