Finding Parallels Between Planting and Life

Understanding Hydroponics

As dynamic as studies will reveal, the culturing of plants is still to come with a number of variations in the growing of plants and their care. Hydroponics is basically a branch of agriculture which allows for the rearing of plants in other mediums apart from the traditional soil. The process of growing these plants in these optional mediums for the growth of the plants in a hydroponics garden is the addition of the necessary nutrients for the growth of the plants.

The name ‘hydroponics’ is a derivative of the two Latin words, Hydro, which stands for water and Ponos which translates to works. Hydroponic gardens are actually being appreciated the world over due to the boosted yields of the plants grown on them and as well boosted growth rates all given the fact that these plants in the hydroponic gardens will have nutrients and oxygen, all basic elements for their growth and production supplied to the plants directly unlike the traditional soil gardens.

There are several advantages that hydroponic gardening will have over the traditional soil gardening as we will be seeing shortly.

Hydroponic gardens will enable efficient use of the available space for plant since it will allow you to grow a larger number of plants as compared to the common gardening methods. The roots of plants in a hydroponic garden will enjoy a direct supply of oxygen and nutrients which stands as a main benefit of the gardens since with these, one can be sure to have the highest supply of these essentials to guarantee a high production. The other benefit of these gardens is the allowance they give for squeezing the plants in them to allow for greater space efficiency. A farmer opting for the use of the hydroponic gardening model can be sure to have ease in the monitoring and control of nutrient levels as compared to the experience of the traditional soil farmers.

For those who are into the passion of growing plants, there are a number of hydroponic systems which you can employ to bring up your plants in a hydroponic garden. Whenever people hear of hydroponic gardens they immediately visualize the growth of plants with their roots suspended in water with no other growth medium which is often referred to as the Nutrient Film Technique and happens to be so common. You will however come across some other techniques and systems for hydroponics like the Wick system, the Ebb and Flow System, the drip system amongst several others.

It is of course important to ensure that your hydroponic garden plants are receiving enough light for their growth as it is often the case with other plant gardens. Most indoor hydroponic gardeners are always found of the mistake of providing inadequate lighting to the plants in their gardens by opting to maximize on the use of light with the available space.