ADVANTAGES OF HYDROPONICS
Wondering if hydroponics gardening is for you?
This page explores all the Advantages of hydroponics...
ADVANTAGES OF HYDROPONICS:
FARMING FOR URBANITES
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.
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!
Advantages of hydroponics...
is a soothing, satisfying, stress-dissolving hobby. It's an escape.
Put a chair right next to your unit. Tend to your babies, train them up
vines and talk to them. Play classical, jazz or new age music for
them. Or even hard rock if you want to. Who cares what people think?
gardening puts you back in touch with nature in a delightful way. And
don't forget the "WOW" factor... your friends and family will hold you
in awe for your impressive agricultural achievements.
A LABOR-SAVING DEVICE
- Here's the best part of all: NO WEEDS!!!
If you've ever had a soil garden, you will understand how liberating
this is. No weeds, no weed killers, no back-breaking labor, no despair
when you come back from vacation to find an overgrown weed patch where
your melons used to be.
- There's also no tilling, plowing, hoes, wheelbarrows or bags of manure to deal with. Ugh!
FOOD FOR THE FUTURE
SUPERIOR TASTE & NUTRITION
home hydroponics first emerged on the scene a few decades ago,
honestly, the produce was not that tasty. But that's all changed due to
modern methods and superior nutrients. Grocery-bought vegetables have
been bred to ship tough, last for weeks, and look great on the shelf...
but they are bland! Blah! Tasteless! Hydroponic veggies are more
delicate and tender... and they taste great!
been proven that hydroponically grown vegetables can have up to 50%
more vitamin content (particularly vitamin A, all B complexes, C and E)
than conventional crops*.
soil-based gardening, you are at the mercy of soil quality, the wind
and weather, bugs and soil-born diseases. With hydroponics, you have
much more control over your garden... with more consistent results.
- Hydroponics also lends itself beautifully to automation (auto pilot). Set it and forget it! Well, not quite...
AS GREEN AS IT GETS
get a much higher yield from a hydroponics garden, and the growing
cycle is shorter. Once you get the hang of it and learn how to
optimize, you can expect 3 times as much produce from your indoor
- We hear
so often about the scarcity of water and the need to conserve it.
Well, hydroponics only uses 1/20 to 1/30 the amount of water as
traditional, soil-based gardening. It is recycled, and every molecule
of water is squeezed to the max. You use less fertilizer, too. More
money in your pocket.
insects, funguses, viruses and diseases are eliminated entirely in a
hydroponic system. You usually garden inside, or in a
climate-controlled greenhouse, so you won't have a plague of locusts
descend on you, or sweet little bunnies munching on your prized
If you do have an invasion of whitefly or red
spider mites, you can quickly take control of your compact garden and
eradicate these pests easily, and almost always without pesticides. Now
that's truly organic!
The Advantages of Hydroponics…
In the next section, Simon tells you the 2 biggest mistakes people make in their garden. It's time now to consider all the Disadvantages of Hydroponics.
(*Source: Hobby Hydroponics, 2003, Howard Resh).
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