Hydroponics

Definition:

The process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.

6 Different Types of Hydroponics Systems:

  1. Drip System
  2. Ebb- Flow (Flood & Drain)
  3. N.F.T. (Nutrient Film Technique)
  4. Water Culture
  5. Aeroponics
  6. Wick System

Plants grown using hydroponics:

1. Vegetables
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes

2. Fruits

  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
3. Herbs
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
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advantages:

  1. You can grow anywhere.
  2. Uses 20 times less water than soil based gardening.
  3. You’ll use 20% less space for growing.
  4. Harvesting is easier.
  5. No mulching, tilling, changing of soil and weeding
  6. You can grow year round.

disadvantages:

  1. Putting together a hydroponic system isn’t cheap.
  2. Constant supervision is required.
  3. Hydroponic systems are vulnerable to power outages.
  4. If a disease appears all plants in the container will be affected.
  5. Without soil to serve as a buffer if the system fails plant death will occur rapidly.