Hydroponic vegetable gardening
Have you ever thought about hydroponic vegetable gardening? For those that do not know what is hydroponic gardening is, it is growing vegetables that are not in the normal dirt per se but in a clean controlled area with nutrient-rich water is fed directly onto the root of the plant.
It’s like gardening from the future.
Did you also know that vegan are also on the rise? More people are trying to get healthier and be more active. People are eating more vegetable more than meat. I am a meat eater but also love to have my greens along with it.
If you are a vegan then it’s great for you to try this method out. You can grow anything anywhere all year round without having to rely on mother-nature, seasons.
This is also great for people that have little space. People that have no backyard or ground meaning balconies, apartment buildings. Read my vegetable container gardening here at your leisure.
The vegetables are grown in water base using some alternative medium like:
- Clay pellets
- Peat moss
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Pros and Cons
I don’t have to tell you the pros of it. I’m sure you probably can guess the pros of using a hydroponic system.
- You can grow vegetables or herbs in it.
- Less water
- Grows faster and bigger
- It’s cleaner
- Healthier, no pesticides etc…
- Grow Anywhere
- Grow all your vegetables all year round in a controlled environment.
Let’s talk about the cons of the hydroponic system.
- It’s expensive
- Waterborne diseases
- Power outage
- require special water
- Needs supervision at all times
Check out this YouTube video for what kind of water to use.
What types of hydroponic systems out there
Now you’re thinking, what is the type of hydroponic system is good for me or my use? Well, I say check with your local nursery or if you have a store that specializes in the hydroponic, aeroponic, aquaponic and wick system.
You can go from there. Having hydroponic a great way to watch your vegetable grow. It can be expensive.
If you’re on a budget the least expensive one to try is the wick system. It has little power needed to begin with.
You can start off with:
- A basket or growing container of your choice
- A bucket or anything with a Closure top
- A growing medium like what I mention on the top
- Something absorbent, wick, rope
- Distill water or reversed osmosis water (RO)
- pump, 100 + GPH
- Nutrient kit
This will be also a learning curve to experiment with. It is great for children and for beginners. This system is for small to medium plants that don’t fruit. But great for lettuces and herbs. However, you can do your own experiment and find out for yourself what you can grow in it.
Have fun and experiment
The point of having a hydroponic system is to have great healthy food you can grow without the nasty pesticides and chemical that is looming in your yard if you just recently move to a new house or don’t know what the backyard was storing.
It is also about having fun with the whole family for learning, experimenting, and having fun together.
My solution and conclusion
I started with the aquaponic system. I really love how it worked. The aquaponic system is a little different because instead of using distilled water I use regular tap water for my goldfishes to swim in. It’s best to use catfishes because they give out the best nutrients for my vegetables.
However, that’s another story.
At the end of the day, I have a healthy nutritious vegetable on my table. If you don’t know already, growing your own vegetables and herbs has better flavor than buying them at the store plus way healthier without all the preservatives they use to keep them fresh.
Thank you for reading my blog. I really appreciated your time as yours are as valuable as mine. If you have any comments, questions, or like to educate me, please feel free to do so. I love learning new things.
Happy New Year! Let’s welcome the new year with a healthier choice. ✨
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