Reasons Why Hydroponic Gardening Beats Soil Gardening Methods
Most gardeners tend to start their gardening journeys in the soil, planting things like peppers and herbs in pots, watering them every few days and waiting months on end to see their final products. However, a growing number of people are now completely skipping soil based gardening methods and heading straight for hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants and produce that does now require soil, but what are the benefits?
Benefits of hydroponic gardening
- Hydroponic gardening requires far less space than conventional gardening methods in which use soil. Why is this? This is because when being grown conventionally, plants roots spread vastly in the soil in order to search for the nutrients that they need. When growing hydroponically plants roots are instead submerged in oxygenated nutrient solutions meaning that they can be kept as small as possible. This means that hydroponics allows for plants to be planted closer together and minimum space to be used.
- When growing conventionally plants constantly need to be watered, which when you think about it can use a lot of water over the course of growth. Hydroponics solves this problem, as hydroponic systems are able to re-use water time and time again – a great method of recycling. The only water lost when growing hydroponically is through occasional nutrient solution change and evaporation.
- If you have previously grown conventionally you will know all about weeding and how tedious it can be. Luckily when growing hydroponically there is no longer any need for weeding, because there are no weeds to be weeded. Looking to escape weeding for good? You should definitely invest in a hydroponics system.
- When opting to grow hydroponically there is a much reduced risk of pests and diseases. This is because of lot of pests and diseases come as a consequence of soil – these are known as soil borne diseases and pests.
- Hydroponic growing is twice as fast as conventional growing. This is possible one of the greatest advantages – people can grow plants and produce in half of the time. Not only this, but gardeners can also grow twice as much in the same space making it even more beneficial.
- Plants and produce can grow to their utmost potential when homed in hydroponic systems; this is because the perfect growing conditions can be created. Not only is this a huge advantage for those who like to be in control, but also highly advantageous because it allows for otherwise seasonal produce to be grown all-year-round, 365 days-a-year.
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