HYDROPONIC METHOD OF FARMING
Hydroponics is the technique of growing any plant without implanting it in soil. using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.
This kind of farming is being used in the first world nations to create an increase in their food production, export the produce in neighboring countries and also make their countries environmentally friendly.
- No soils needed.
- Plants grown using this method have a better growth rate this is because there is fewer pests and diseases as most of this are found in the soil, also hydroponic plants are grown in ideal conditions where nutrients are provided at the sufficient amounts, and come into direct contacts with the root systems
- With hydroponics the farmer is unaffected by seasons and adverse weather conditions
- Not time and labor intensive this is due to the simple maintenance required compared to other traditional methods.
- You can garden in urban areas, with more and more people moving to urban areas where there's little space for traditional farming ,this method comes in handy since you can grow your plants anywhere be it in the balcony or on rooftops.
- Saves on water usage, The water used is re-circulated, the plants take up the necessary water, while run-off ones will be captured and return to the system also less amount of water is lost to evaporation or being sucked by dirt.
Here are some of the plants that are known to be the fastest growing plants for hydroponic gardens
Lettuce ,barley, wheat, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, spinach, kale, cauliflower, capsicum and strawberry.
Different Hydroponic Growing Methods
uses small emitters to drip the nutrient solution directly onto your plants at a constant rate
Nutrient Film Technique
A shallow stream of water is re-circulated through the plants roots.
Ebb and Flow
works by periodically flooding your plants’ roots from once to several times per day.
nutrient solution is released into the grow tray through a wick.
(Deep) Water Culture the plant is suspended in water that is constantly being aerated.
Note : Are hydroponically grown plants healthy for you?
Yes, studies show that the nutrients found in hydroponic plants are comparable to organically grown plants.