What Is Hydroponic Gardening?



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Hydroponic gardening is the method of growing plants in an inert medium (sand, gravel, rockwool, etc), using water to transport concentrated nutrients to plant roots. The science of hydroponics is as ancient as the pyramids. The term hydroponics is derived from the Latin words “Hydro”, meaning water, and “Ponos”, meaning labor. Hydroponics is essentially a type of agriculture that DOES NOT use soil, statistically resulting in larger, fuller plants. In fact hydroponic grown vegetation is believed to have preceded soil grown vegetation in our oceans dating back to the creation of the earth.

Hydroponic gardening is becoming increasingly known as “the” precise method of creating a perfectly balanced “advanced nutrient solution” thereby maximizing crop yields. Scientists have conducted research in hydroponics for over 400 years in an attempt to advance basic formulas to further the study of plant nutrition and optimal harvest. Check out the The History of Hydroponics Infographic to take the 10,000 ft view of hydroponic evolution.

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Hydroponic strawberry usda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thing that makes hydroponic gardening so different from traditional soil gardening is the most obvious answer…the fact that hydroponic gardening systems do not use soil. This means nutrient uptake is delivered more precisely and with minimal effort on the part of the plant. As a result, hydroponically grown produce is typically larger, mover flavorful, and more nutritious than similar produce grown in soil. Indoor hydroponic gardening also means a controlled environment minimizing pests and eliminating the need for toxic herbicides and pesticides and also allowing for year round crop production. Hydroponic gardening also saves costs because soil preparation, insecticides, fungicides, and crop loss due to drought and ground flooding have largely been removed from the growing equation.

Hydroponic gardening gives everyone, regardless of location, the ability to grow more than enough food to meet their needs in the solace of their home and community for pennies with marginal effort. This prevents improving or rebuilding a flawed infrastructure and affords individuals and families without access to fresh food the ability grow fresh, healthy fruits and vegetable year round, reducing the local carbon footprint by removing the need for transportation and delivery of fresh produce to local grocers and without aid or expenditure from respective governments.

Hydroponics has become widely recognized as a “real” alternative to traditional gardening and is commonly referred to as “Sustainable Gardening”…hydroponic gardening is about creating a perfectly balanced “advanced nutrient solution” ultimately growing healthier, stronger plants anywhere in the world with minimal effort and exceptionally low start-up costs.