How to Begin with Hydroponics

 

Are you interested in hydroponics or home gardening but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to build your own system out of up-cycled materials from around your house? Growing hydroponically at home has numerous advantages: having a consistent supply of fresh, nutritious vegetables will undoubtedly save you from making numerous excursions to the supermarket!

 

What is the ideal hydroponic system for a newbie?

 

Deep Water Culture (DWC) is the most simple type of hydroponic system to set up and maintain at home. Plants thrive in this system with their roots directly submerged in nutrient-rich water. This can be accomplished by growing in large opaque storage containers or buckets at home. Commercial growers employ rafts that float on a large bed of water; they function like a conveyor belt, with young plants inserted on one side and moving along until ready for harvest on the other.

 

DWC systems are relatively easy and inexpensive to build because to the lack of moving parts or recirculating water. The water in DWC systems does not recirculate; instead, it sits in the reservoir for the entire life of the plant. This means that you must aerate the water to restore the oxygen used by the roots.

 

Air pore holes in soil offer much-required oxygen for roots, and water is aerated when it is circulated around in recirculating hydroponic systems. In a DWC system, we can fix this by utilizing an air pump with an air stone attached (similar to what is used in fish tanks) to keep the water oxygen-rich.

 

What can I grow in my deep water culture system?

 

Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Basil, and Parsley are the best crops to grow in DWC systems. These are all plants that do not have a lot of top growth. Because the roots in DWC systems are not securely anchored, growing tall plants like tomatoes can be challenging; if you do grow them, you’ll need the proper supports to keep the plant upright.