Growing food indoors with hydroponic gardening is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The concept of soil less gardening has been around for thousands of years but recently made a huge comeback among homesteaders with a mission to grow food year round.
The Benefits of Hydroponics
Hydroponics is proved to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The yield of the plant is also greater. Scientists believe that there are several reasons for the drastic differences between hydroponic and soil plants. The extra oxygen in the hydroponic growing mediums helps to stimulate root growth. Plants with ample oxygen in the root system also absorb nutrients faster. The nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with the water and sent directly to the root system. The plant does not have to search in the soil for the nutrients that it requires. Those nutrients are being delivered to the plant several times per day. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit. Hydroponic plants also have fewer problems with bug infestations, fungus’s and disease. In general, plants grown hydroponically are healthier and happier plants.
Agriculture refers to the growing of crops and there are many different ways in which these crops can be grown. The most common way involves the sowing of seeds directly into the soil and water is added to encourage the absorption of nutrients through the plants root system as it continues to grow. Another way is called hydroponics and it does not require any soil to provide the nutrients the plant needs to grow. The roots are immersed directly into the nutrient rich water and a special media is used to form the support structure needed to assist the growth and stability of the plant.
The article goes into detail how to setup a hydroponic garden indoors, it includes recommendations on what kind of equipment that will be necessary to prepare the area of the your house that you plan to use for growing your plants. It explains why hydroponics is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of farming there is.
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