Everybody Can Do Hydroponic GrowingCredit: Amy Youngs
History has it that hydroponics (growing plants in a liquid medium instead of in dirt) has been around for ages – even since Ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. Yes, first documented classifications of hydroponic growing do come from the 17th century, but there is evidence that even the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have been realized thanks to hydroponics.
However, we’re all used to soil! It’s all around us and ever since we’ve been small, we’ve seen out grandparents and parents grow in dirt. So, how can we change the medium and more importantly – why should we do it?
The answer to the "Why?" is more than simple – simplicity and full control.
Hydroponics gives the farmer a chance to take full control over the whole process from the seed to the harvest. With its simply-built systems, hydroponic growing doesn't bring harm in itself and can be perfectly manipulated so that it fits the individual plant.
The biggest difference between hydroponics and soil growing is that soil has its own nutrients, metals and microorganisms that are just there, while in the water you use in hydroponics there’s nothing until you put it there.
There are various companies which make nutrients especially for hydroponic growing.
From General Hydroponics to Fox Farm – they have scores of products for each stage of the plant’s development.
Michael Straumietis - an owner of another such company– has even though-of a way to forget about measuring pH in the growing medium!
A hydroponic nutrient which balances the pH levels in the medium by itself. For newbies in the field of hydroponics, I think this is the holy grail. The special chemicals and biological organisms in the separate products supposedly eat-up the excess acids or bases so that the pH is balanced within the ideal range for most plants grown with the product.
So, now we have this pH balancing technology that helps growers improve their hydroponic gardens. It revolutionized the whole industry and acted as a wake-up call for all other companies. Even another big name on the market came up with new innovative ways to challenge the market, but still… it seems like nothing much can make the growers happier than seeing his garden flourish for less hard work and more joy while growing.
Growing hydroponically is the future, even NASA has openly stated that they will help astronauts feel more at home in space by allowing them to grow their own food via aero and hydroponics.
Question is – how can we make it simple and yet effective as the current systems do want a lot of care and effort to setup and function. Advice? Ask the store owners or the forums for hints and tips – you will surely get several shortcuts from them!