When we first started ‘growing fish’ in the conventional greenhouse the concept of growing plants in water became more of a reality to me. We had added a 3’x12′ pond filled with water from our pond to winter over our tilapia fish that wouldn’t survive the winter outdoors. We’ve getting closer to diving into growing vegetables in water as we gather information like what I will be sharing with you today in this post. After months of reading about the practice of growing food in hydroponics and watching my brother in law grow his veggies hydroponically it appears to be something we could totally do successfully.
Benefits of Growing Hydroponically
Hydroponics is a fast growing industry and is the future of gardening! The ability to grow food without soil, indoors or outdoors, makes growing plants hydroponically the ideal way to provide fresh food in areas that have no land space or where soil is sterile and unable to grow vegetation. Whether you’re a home gardener who would like to have fresh herbs on hand year round or a commercial food grower who would like to extend your growing season and profit margin, growing hydroponically offers many benefits.
Good for the Environment
Hydroponic gardens use very little natural resources. The water and plant nutrients are constantly recycled and re-used so nothing goes to waste. A hydroponic system uses only one-fourth the amount of fertilizer that a traditional in-ground garden uses, plus there is no need for herbicides or pesticides. Less chemical usage means less poison leaching into soil and natural water systems, and the usage of fewer chemicals means a reduced out-of-pocket expenditure for growing food.
Minimal Water Usage
Even though a hydroponic garden is basically a water garden, less water is used than an in-ground or container garden. With the water constantly being recycled, no water is wasted and very little is lost through evaporation, a hydroponic system uses up to two-thirds less water than other garden types. Water is arguably our most valuable resource. In the United States places like California have been in a serious drought for a few years now. There is a state wide water shortage emergency which has affected all citizens in California. More than ever citizens have been urged to reduce their daily water use. Most city ordinances now state when you can and can’t water your lawns. Trying to grow food in areas like California make growing hydroponically that much more important.
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[alert-announce]Do you grow using hydroponics? Are you interested in learning more about this practice? I hope you will connect with me by sharing a comment below. I hope to add more information about growing with minimal water usage in the months to come.