- More effiecent use of space
- Faster plant Growth
- It’s unique and fun
- Less Pesticides
- Nature does not matter
- Better resource utilization
Every time I mention hydroponics there is someone that perks up and says “I am interested in that”. or “I would like to learn more about that”. Why and what is the the interest in hydroponics? Because people want to grow food and plants. People are worried about their health and understand that growing your own food can be healtier, because theknow what is going in and on it.
Here are 7 reasons to grow food hydroponically.
1. It is Unique and Fun
There is something very neat about watching plants grow hydroponically. You see and hear the water run. You watch as your seeds sprout. They start to grow, just like they were growing the ground., but everything is clean and you hear the water running. It is hard to believe that just water with some stuffed dumped in would actually grow something.
Your plants continue to grow and then you get to pick something. Lets say lettuce. You walk out and pick some fresh lettuce for a dinner salad for dinner. You pick the leaves and go rinse them off. There is almost no dirt or sand. They rinse off very easily and you put them in the refigarator to chill a liitle bit. This is a sense of accomplishment. The great thing is you get to go back out tomorrow and pick some more.
2. Growing Hydropoincially is actually eaiser
- Get tools out
- Dig the soil up
- Get the rototiller out.
- Worry about animals digging it up.
- You do not have to rake up the weeds and grass you just dug up.
- You can move it around if needed.
Growing Hydroponically is the same way. Especially with the Greens Grower System.
3 More effiecent use of space
Hydroponics uses less space for several reasons. The first is that you can stack pots, or grow vertical as it is called. There are many stackable growing systems on the market. the plants root system needs less space to roam because the nutrients and water are being provided, the plant does not have to go find them. We can actually grow lettuce every 5 – 6 inches for maxium production.
4 Less Pesticide usage:
Why would there be less pest and insects? Becuase the plants are not on the ground, where a majority of the insects come from. In my experiance, I rarley need to use pesticides. I did have stink bugs once and they did love to munch on my green beans. I sprinkled them with Seven Dust and the problem went away. I will get catipillars from time to time and I use organic Thuricide for that.
I have both in-ground and hydroponic garden and I use much less pesticides and bug controlling chemicals on the hydroponic garden then the in-ground garden.
5 Resources Utilization:
We are all worried about the environment We all understand we have a responsibility to do what we can to take care of it. Hydroponics is very good for this. It puts the fertilizer where it is needed,. to the vegetables we are growing. When you fertilize your garden you are putting the fertilizer on or in the ground. the problem is that it washes away or leach into the soil where your plant can no longer get to it.
Hydroponics also reduces water usage. That seems wierd because you are growing in water, but the only water loss is what the plants take up and a little evaparation. Depending on cnditions (High tempature, wind speed, humidity, you can have a high percentage of the water out of the sprinkler never reached the plants it goes into the air.
6 Plants grow faster
Plants have exactly what they need to grow. Especially oxygen. Oxygen helps the plants absorb the nutrients. It is the reason why the Greens Grower is desingned to oxyginte the water. This helps the plants absorb nutrients. Our plants also don’t have to competed with weeds, insects, or other things that take away the nutrients.
7 Mother Nature:
It was 29 degrees F the other day with a light frost. It had been warm and everyone had planted their garden. The beans and the squash were up in their in-groud gardens. It was unseasnonably warm and things were growing well. My grandpa always says ‘ We are going to have a cold snap around easter” and sure enough, when we work up it was 29 degrees and a lite frost. The beans and the squash were gone. The cold killed most of them. We had our vegtables growing and sprouted, but the cold did not bother them. The water did not get below 52 degrees and the plants were fine.
If it had gotten colder i could have heated the water, or I could have moved the plants inside. The water will also extend the growing season becuase it can disapate the heat and keep your plants cooler.
Hydroponics also do very well in the green houses, which again helps you control mother nature.
In conslusion these are 7 reason to grow hydroponically. There are many ways to get started and you do not have to pick one over the other. Hydroponics can be an addition to how you are already gardening. So give it a try and sign up for my Free Newsletter.