Hydroponics kits can enable you to set up a garden which can bring you fresh, homegrown food. With the right hydroponics equipment and necessary tools, whatever you want to plant will grow healthier even without any soil or sunlight. You can plant fruits and vegetables that are not even in season as long as you have an indoor hydroponic garden.
Hydroponics relies on just water together with a specially formulated hydroponic nutrient solution, to provide the necessary nourishment, similar to plants grown in soil.
To know more about this creative, energy-saving technology, let us recall how it was discovered. The term hydroponics was derived from two Greek words, “hydro” for water and “ponos” for labor. Water is the main element that serves as the plants’ food. Combined with a nutrient solution, the right hydroponics kits can speed up the growth rate without affecting the plants’ health, while labor is all about the entire growth cycle from seed to table.
The Benefits of Growing Your Crops Hydroponically
Growing your crops conventionally will do just fine but it requires more effort and is quite messy, especially when adding fertilizer. At the same time, soil can get very wet or very dry and is prone to pest infestations.
Some of the benefits of hydroponics are:
- Ideal for do-it-yourselfers, hydroponic kits can make things easier. The mess is minimized and the hydroponic systems can be customized according to what you want to grow.
- There is a wide range of options to choose from, giving opportunities for those that are on a tight budget or have limited space.
- If you have no knowledge but is interested in hydroponics and want to get one of these hydroponics kits, there is nothing to worry about because they come with all the equipment necessary and the instructions on how to grow your own food.
- Small kits can be obtained for only $25. And there are lots of affordable starter kits to choose from.
- Home growers can expand their systems and supply their hydroponically grown produce to shops and businesses, and turn their hydroponic system into a profitable business.
Here are some common types of hydroponics kits:
- A deep water culture kit is more focused on the plant’s crown. The crown is considered the reproductive part of the plant, usually where the stems meet the roots. Other plants may include the leaves and branches. The kit comes with a net that suspends the crown above the nutrient solution. The net is positioned in a hole at the middle of the lid, which is covering the plastic bucket.
- An aeroponic kit, on the other hand, is based on a type of hydroponic gardening that suspends the plants’ roots into the air–spraying a mist of nutrient solution to the roots. Plants tend to grow a bit faster using this type of kit.
- An ebb and flow kit makes use of a pan that holds the nutrient solution. Plants are grown in inert mediums such as rockwool, coir and perlite while a tray holds everything in place. Nutrients are pumped into the tray and then drained down into the pan, providing a self-functioning aeration system.
Kits can be set up in the kitchen or you can set up your kit in your backyard or in a storage shed if you have a bigger space available. Do some research online to know more about the guidelines and other tools that you may need. This way, you can find answers to your questions and seek expert advice before making a decision.
Choosing What You Want to Grow
If you are curious about what type of plants can be grown in your hydroponics system, you can recognize them easily because most of them are sold at supermarkets. Several starter or basic kits include some seeds while some don’t. Just list down what you have in mind so that you can evaluate which kit to get.
Learn more about the required nutrient solution because the amount will vary on the plants’ needs. You can make use of a LED grow light to aid in the process of photosynthesis, so your plants get enough light all day long, even during tough weather conditions.
Becoming an Expert Hydroponic Gardening DIYer
It will be a tough quest to become an expert hydroponic gardener but it is an experience that you will enjoy. Just be patient and take notes. Spending serious amounts of time researching on the internet can unlock more ideas and resources. Try and meet some hydroponics enthusiasts that can help you decide which of the hydroponics kits are best for your home.
I wish you every success with this new project.