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How To Make An At-Home Hydroponic System

By on 11/17/2016

How To Make An At-Home Hydroponic System

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So you’ve read about hydroponics and now you want to set up one of your own? Learning how to make a hydroponic system is actually easy. But that’s only true if you stick to the simplest system first.

This means you’ll need to start with a water culture system. It’s relatively affordable compared to the other systems, and it’s much simpler too. This is a system that uses a Styrofoam platform to float your plants directly over the nutrient solution. With this system, a container of 5 gallons of water can help you grow about 5 plants.

1. Find a container you can use for the water nutrient solution. This can be a mere bucket or even a fish tank. Just make sure that light can go through the container. If it is transparent, you can paint it black. If it’s an aquarium you may want to reuse later, just wrap it with thick black trash bags.

You don’t want light to come in because that just promotes algae growth that steals nutrients from your plants. The container should also have the same area dimensions (length and width) from top to bottom.  (more…)

How Does A Hydroponic System Work?

By on 11/16/2016

How Does A Hydroponic System Work?

A hydroponic system is a way of growing plants indoors without the use of soil. It offers many advantages, and that includes how very little waste it produces that can harm the environment. But how does hydroponic system really work?

There’s really no simple answer to that question, due to the fact that there are several ways of designing a hydroponic system. But here are some of the more common systems, as well as a brief explanation of how each one works.

Water Culture

This is an active system, which means that it involves some moving parts. But of all the active systems, this one is the simplest. It’s mostly used for lettuce, as this is a water plant that grows very quickly.

You have a floating platform with plants, with the platform usually made of Styrofoam. This floats directly over the nutrient solution, which is usually an aquarium. There’s an airstone on the bottom of the nutrient solution, connected to an air pump outside the fish pump. So you just put in the nutrients in the solution, and then the roots get the nutrients the plants need directly from the solution.  (more…)

What Is a Hydroponic System?

By on 10/31/2016

What Is a Hydroponic System?

For most people, the concept of farming involves plants planted on the soil. But the hydroponic system is different. Instead, it’s a way to grow plants based on the use of water filled with the nutrients the plants need. So instead of using soil, you’ll use an inert medium like clay pellets or perlite. The plant roots come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while it also comes in direct contact with oxygen.

The Advantages of a Hydroponic System

Many people have shifted to the use of hydroponics when growing plants because of its many advantages.

  • You can grow plants the whole year round.
  • You can grow plants anywhere since you don’t need soil at all.
  • Because there’s no soil, you don’t have to till, change, or mulch the soil at all. You don’t have any problems with weeds either. You also don’t need to test the soil or fix any soil setup.
  • The space you need isn’t much, and on average you need 20% less space.
  • The water you use is only 5% of the amount of water you use for a soil-based system. The water conservation is due to the fact that the water you use can be reused.
  • You’re able to use a sterile setting, so there are no pests—and no pesticides either.
  • You can even get complete control over the nutrient balance your plants get.
  • Plants can grow 25% faster. That’s because they don’t expend unnecessary energy to obtain nutrients.
  • Harvesting is easy, and you can harvest up to 30% more plants this way.
  • It’s much better for the environment. That’s because the system reduces the amount of waste it produces. There’s also no soil runoff that can harm the environment.