Are you interested in hydroponics or growing from home but don’t know where to start? Do you want to make your own system by up-cycling materials from your home? Growing hydroponically at home has lots of benefits: a regular supply of fresh, nutritious produce will certainly save you from making lots of trips to the supermarket!
In this article, we cover the benefits of a hydroponic garden, how to get started and what supplies you will need.
The Benefits of Hydroponics:
Water consumption can be reduced by up to 90%.
In a well-managed hydroponic system, crops can be grown twice as quickly as in traditional gardening systems.
The shorter the time between harvest and ingestion, the higher the nutritional content of the finished product.
When using a hydroponic system, no chemical weed or insect control systems are required.
How to Get Started
Deep Water Culture (DWC) is the easiest type of hydroponic system that you can build and maintain at home. In this system, the plants grow with their roots submerged directly in nutrient-rich water.
For home growers, this can be achieved by growing in large opaque storage containers or buckets. Commercial growers use rafts that float on a large bed of water; these work like a conveyor belt with young plants added on one side, and they will move along until ready for harvest on the other side.
Items needed to start your own Hydroponic Garden
- Storage container or bucket
- Net pots
- Airpump with air stone
- Hard Water Liquid Nutrients (A & B)
- pH Down
- pH meter
- Measuring beaker
- Hole saw with arbor
For more help creating your hydroponic garden, contact the pros at Garden Grove Hydro & Nursery Supply today!