Hydroponics

By: Kennedy Baker

DRIP SYSTEM

This timer is used to control a submerged pump. the timer is turned on, and the nutrient solution is dripped onto the base of the plant. In a recovery drip system, the excess nutrient solution is run into a pan. And reused.

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Wick System

The Wick system is by far the simplest type of hydroponic system. This is a passive system, which means there are no moving parts. The nutrient solution is drawn into the growing medium from the reservoir with a wick.

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Water Culture

The water culture system is the simplest of all active hydroponic systems. The platform that holds the plants is usually made of Styrofoam and floats directly on the nutrient solution. An air pump supplies air to the air stone that bubbles the nutrient solution and supplies oxygen to the roots of the plants.

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DEFINITION

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

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6 PLANTS I CAN GROW WITH MY HYDROPONICS SYSTEM.

Chervil, Catnip, Chives, Parsley, Lavender, Mint. Are some of the many types of plants you can grow with various Hydroponics systems.

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Advantages

Do you live in a condo or high-rise apartment? No piece of earth to call your own? Not even a patio? Then hydroponics is the answer for you! Fresh, tasty veggies or culinary or medicinal herbs from your spare bedroom... or even a closet.

If you're confined to a wheelchair, hydroponics is the perfect way for you to enjoy a garden. The planting beds are traditionally placed at just the right height for easy access. What a superb and satisfying hobby (or even vocation) this would be for you!

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Disadvantages

Putting together a hydroponic system isn’t cheap.

Constant supervision is required.

Hydroponic systems are vulnerable to power outages. In the event of a power outage that outlasts your generators you will be manually watering your garden.

Micro-organisms that are water-based can creep in rather easily.

Growing a hydroponic garden demands technical expertise.

Production is limited compared to field conditions

If a disease appears all plants in the container will be affected.

Without soil to serve as a buffer if the system fails plant death will occur rapidly.

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