Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Hydroponics gardening is a new wave and revolution in a dirt free gardening. As the population has grown and the available space on the earth to grow plants has shrunk and in such a situation, hydroponics gardening has come as a new technique of plant cultivation.
Hydroponics is the art of growing of plants through a mixture of water and nutrients. It is an easy and an efficient way of plant cultivation. Plants grown hydroponically are much healthier as compared to soil based plants, as all the required nutrients are fed directly from the roots, without the need for big bags of gardening soil.
Do you remember your childhood summer holiday assignment in which you had to grow a sweet potato tubers in a water jars. By just providing essential nutrients through water, you could see it grow in a water jar. The hydroponics gardening also works the same way.
Steps that you need to follow to grow plants correctly in a hydroponically garden are given below.
Step 1# Choose right containers to plant crops for your hydroponic garden. You can consider using plastic containers, if you wish to use a hydroponic system with plants in water only.
Step 2 # Select appropriate plants according to the size of your containers. You can choose from almost any of the vegetable or fruits such as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to grow.
Step 3 # Allocate a sunny location for hydroponic crops. Crops grown hydroponically need the same amount of sun light as plants grown in soil need.
Step 4 # To construct your hydroponics garden, you need to order hydroponic kits from any garden suppliers. You would require a simple hydroponic system, a plastic mesh tray, an air pump, and a soilless growing medium to support the roots of the plant. You can choose from sand, gravel, coconut husks as your growing medium.
Step 5# To prepare the container for planting the crop, add one to two inches of sand or coconut husks at the bottom of the container.
Step 6# Place the air pump and add plant nutrient solution is sufficient quantity to fill the container to a reasonable level and then place the mesh tray to cover the container top.
Step 7# Place your plants in the tray, allowing the roots to hang down from the top.
Step 8# Start the air pump when you have finished inserting the plants on the tray. The air pump will provide the required oxygen to the plant from its roots.
Step 9# Monitor the level of nutrient solution in your container.
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