Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. It’s been around for thousands of years, but with the advent of modern technology, it has become more popular than ever before. Today, hydroponics is used as a way to help many different kinds of plants grow better and faster than they would in soil or other traditional gardening methods.
What does hydroponic mean?
Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in water. It’s also a science, a name for the practice of growing plants without soil. Hydroponics refers to the growing of plants in a soilless medium (like gravel or sand) with added nutrients and oxygen.
The difference between hydro and soil.
Hydroponic growing is what happens when you grow your plants without using any soil. The word “hydroponics” comes from the Greek words υδρον (water) and ποιειν (to make or do), meaning “working in water.”
Soil is a good thing for plants because it provides nutrients and water for them to grow. It also gives them space to stretch their roots, which helps them get stronger. But there are also some downsides:
- Soil can take up lots of space—for example, if you want to grow tomatoes (which need a lot of space), you’ll need a lot of dirt! And that means more materials going into the ground and taking up landfill space later on.
- If farmers use chemicals in their soil, those chemicals can run off into nearby bodies of water and kill fish or other wildlife living there—not cool!
Why is it better for the environment?
In the case of hydroponics, less water is used. This means that there is less waste from the water as well. Less fertilizer and pesticides are required to grow plants, which also reduces waste. Hydroponic systems can be made in any size or shape, so they use less space than traditional farming methods. They also require less labor and time to set up than traditional farming methods.
How do you set up a hydroponic system?
Hydroponic systems are relatively straightforward to set up, but there are several different types of systems you can use. You can choose whether or not to use a reservoir, and if you do, it’s important that the reservoir is made from nontoxic materials (like glass) because it’ll hold the plants’ water supply.
In addition to these basic steps, make sure your system has:
- A pump (a powerhead will work)
- A timer so that you can control when nutrients are added or water is pulled through tubing by the pump
Hydroponics has several advantages over traditional gardening methods.
In a nutshell, hydroponics is a closed system in which plants are grown without soil and fed with nutrients dissolved in water. This means that the system is contained, with no outside exposure to factors like wind or weather. In addition, because hydroponics uses less water than traditional gardening methods and requires less fertilizer than traditional gardening methods, it allows for more efficient use of space.
If you are interested in learning more about hydroponics and how to get started growing your own food at home, check out this article on starting an indoor vertical garden!
So, if you’re looking for a new way to garden that is better for the environment and gives you more control over your plants, then hydroponic gardening may be the solution for you!