Hydroponics is a method of growing plants and produce that does not require soil. Instead it utilises waster-based nutrient solutions (www.growandharvest.co.uk/product-category/nutrients/shogun-nutrients/)in which can be directly given to plants roots, providing them with exactly what they need. Hydroponics is known by many as ‘soilless gardening’.
What are the advantages?
There are so many benefits to hydroponic gardening, and that is why it has risen to become so popular all over the world. Some of the greatest benefits however have got to include the following:
- Hydroponics allows for more plants, almost double, to be grown in the same amount of space as traditional gardening techniques would require
- Thanks to hydroponics plants can have the nutrients that they need given straight to their roots, meaning that they no longer have to waste energy searching through copious amounts of soil
- When growing hydroponically gardeners are able to replicate the utmost perfect growing conditions by using hydroponic fans, lights and other available equipment
- As it is possible to create whatever conditions you wish, people are able to grow any plants that they want all year round, even plants that would otherwise be seasonal or difficult to grow
- Hydroponic gardening can take place anywhere, even indoors, making it perfect for those who do not have gardens or access to any outdoor space
- Hydroponic gardening is far less strenuous that traditional gardening, requiring much less labour – children and people with disabilities can even get involved
- When growing vegetables hydroponically people know exactly where they have come from, what has gone into them and last but not least, that they are fresh
Where should you start?
After reading this, if you have decided that you would like to try out hydroponic gardening to see whether it is as amazing as it sounds (which it is) you will be happy to know that we are now going to list the easiest plants to grow in this way…
- Spinach – grows well in the majority of waster based gardens
- Lettuce – most probably the most popular choice amongst hydroponic gardener beginners
- Watercress – ideal candidate for hydroponic or aqua gardens
- Cherry tomatoes – easiest non-leafy vegetable/fruit to grow at home hydroponically
- Peppers – easy to grow hydroponically providing they get enough light
- Cucumbers – easy to grow, but be sure to control vines
- Kale –when grown hydroponically it provides even more health benefits
- Strawberries – you can grow strawberries all year round using hydroponics
- Mint – did you know that mint is a semi-aquatic plant?
- Basil – one of the easiest herbs to grow at home hydroponically
Good luck with your hydroponic growing! Don’t forget to send us your pictures; we would love to see the plants and produce that you grow!