WHAT IS HYDROPONICS AND WHY SHOULD WE USE IT?
Hydroponics is the growing of plants in water instead of soil.
To do this successfully, the water must be enriched with
nutrients and sometimes oxygenated. Also, the plants must be
placed in some type of inert medium like sand or gravel to
anchor the roots. Hydroponics is
not New. It is believed
that one of the historic Seventh Wonders of the World, the
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, was actually a hydroponics garden.
Other ancient civilizations besides the Babylonians that made
use of the hydroponics growing method included Egyptians and
Aztec Indians. Advance scientific methods of hydroponics started
in the 1930’s. With hydroponics we can measure exactly
how much nutrient the plant is getting and can give the plant a
deficiency or overabundance of a certain macro or micronutrient
and determine precisely how it affects the plant's growth.
Hydroponics can be very important to farmers and gardeners who
want complete control over their plants. Many factors can affect
plants that are grown in soil out in the fields. For a plant to
receive a well balanced diet, everything in the soil must be in
perfect balance. Rarely, if ever, can you find such ideal
conditions in soil due to contamination and biological
imbalances. But with hydroponics, water is enriched with these
very same nutrient salts, creating a hydroponic nutrient
solution that is perfectly balanced. And since this
hydroponic nutrient solution is contained, it does not harm our
environment as does runoff from fertilized soil. Also, very
little water is lost to evaporation in a hydroponic system,
making hydroponics very useful in drought stricken areas.
Additionally, plants can be grown hydroponically inside
greenhouses to protect them from pests; this makes harmful
Even if you are neither a scientist nor a gardener, hydroponics
can be important to you. There are so many benefits to
hydroponics that it will probably become the agriculture of the
future. Each day, more facts are learned about this type of
farming, and soon we will know enough to make it the most
efficient and effective way to grow plants. You, too, can
benefit from the knowledge of hydroponics and could even start
an amateur flower garden or vegetable garden from the
information in our web page. Someday the fruits and vegetables
you buy at the supermarket may come from a hydroponic garden!