The Science And Art Of Hydroponics
As a matter of fact, there is still more to come in the evolution of the manner by which plants are grown and tended. Hydroponics is basically a branch of agriculture which allows for the rearing of plants in other mediums apart from the traditional soil. This process will simply have the alternative mediums added nutrients that are necessary for plant growth.
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.
The hydroponic gardening will be beneficial to the gardeners for a number of reasons as we will be highlighting in the following discussions.
The one advantage of the hydroponic gardens is the fact that it will essentially allow for the growth of more plants as compared to the number that would have been accommodated by the usual gardening forms, making it an efficient and effective model for the maximization of the available space for gardening. Hydroponic gardens have as a great benefit to the plants grown in them a direct supply of the essential nutrients and oxygen and these facts will be a great boost to the production of the gardens which is not as common with the traditional soil gardens. 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.
There are several types of hydroponic systems which can be adopted by the lovers of plant nurturing. One which is most common of the hydroponics systems is the Nutrient Film Technique,(NFT), which always has the plants grown with their roots suspended in water with no growing medium. The list of systems includes but is not limited to the techniques such as the drip, wick and the ebb-and-flow systems.
Hydroponic garden plants will need proper lighting in order for them to grow to maximum productivity. 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.