to ensure proper plant growth. Some examples of growing mediums would include Rokwool(mineral wool), perlite, gravel, or coconut husk.Depending on the growing medium you use, some are inert, which means they do not have anynutritional value for your plants. This allows the gardener to have complete control over thenutrient levels during the growing process.
Advantages of Hydroponics:
Hydroponics is being adapted all around the world as an efficient method of food production.The reasons for this include:
No soil is required for hydroponics
Water used within a hydroponic system can be recycled and reused which allows for water conservation and lower water costs
A hydroponic gardener or farmer has complete control of their plants nutrition levelswhich allows for lower nutrient costs and bigger produce yields
A controlled hydroponic system allows the blockage of nutrition pollution that is releasedinto the environment through traditional gardening or farming due to the controlledenvironment within the system
Hydroponics allows for stabilized and higher growth rates and yields
The mobility of the container offers the luxury of getting rid of pests and diseases muchmore easily.Hydroponics has also been recognized as an establish branch of agronomy. Agronomy is basically the technology and science of completely using as many elements that we can of the plants we grow. This includes using plants for food, fuel, fiber and reclamation.
Disadvantages of Hydroponics:
The only disadvantages of hydroponics that we have identified would be the initial cost of set up.Traditionally, if a home hydroponic gardener opted for the easier method of hydroponics, knownas ebb & flow, then depending on what you are growing, like vegetables or herbs, etc., you couldrecoup your costs in anywhere from 12-24 months and have your own quality, home grown food.Any other disadvantages would result from human error in hydroponic growing. Just be smart,ask questions and follow the basics of hydroponics and you shouldn’t have anything to worryabout.
The basic Hydroponic System types
Their are six basic types of hydroponic systems and there are hundreds of variations (andcombinations) of these hydroponic systems, but all hydroponic systems are based on these sixsystem types. By understanding what makes these systems work you can understand how allvariations of hydroponic systems work. These Hydroponic systems are fairly simple in concept,