Now that you understand a little more about what hydroponics is, it helps to know why you should do this for your vegetables. There are a lot of advantages to growing your vegetables at home through hydroponics, from the space used to the overall costs. Take a look at some of the benefits so you can decide if this is what you want to do.
You Don’t Need Land
One of the best features of the method of growing food, is that it doesn’t require soil, and doesn’t take up much space. Hydroponic growing allows you to setup a grow space in small areas like closets, kitchen nooks, and other unique areas in your home. Some people ever get imaginative enough to incorporate their hydroponic garden into their home decor by creating a beautiful, living, oxygen-creating wall.
Hydroponic systems are designed to be somewhat self sustaining. This means that you will use far less resources and spend less money during the time you are growing your crop. Once your plants have reached their full potential, you can be up and running again with minimal investment. This also means that there will be less steps for upkeep and save you valuable time as well. Since you are likely to be growing indoors, this means you won’t be using any harmful pesticides to keep away insects that can threaten the health of your plants. Testing the pH of the water is also much easier than soil, and can be done with relatively inexpensive equipment for under $30.
Plants grown in hydroponic systems typically grow in nearly 50 percent of the time it takes for traditionally grown fruits and vegetables. During this time, the plants are fed a balanced formula of nutrients specifically selected to maximize the growth potential and nutritional value of your plants.
You will appreciate harvesting delicious healthy food that you know that you have grown yourself, with a much smaller environmental footprint than traditional growing methods that can cause imbalance due to watering runoff that depletes important trace minerals in the soil.