Hydroponics Gardening Archives

Seedlings Growing in a Mini Hydroponics System

A mini hydroponics system that uses vermiculite as the main growth medium. Vermiculite is an expanded clay product that has a lot of channels that are able to hold water, nutrients, and oxygen in channels that are formed as the clay is heated and expanded. Vermiculite can be combined with other hydroponics growth media such as perlite, and also other common garden media such as peat moss.

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Hydroponics Gardening in the Desert

Hydroponics Gardening in the Desert

Growing plants in the desert is primarily hampered by the limited supply of nutrients in the soil and the limited availability of water. Hydroponics gardening can overcome both of these limitations as it provides all of the water and nutrients plants require in the hydroponic nutrient solution. Provided plants can survive the high temperatures of the temperature environment, using hydroponics gardening in the desert is feasible.

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Getting Started with Seeds

Getting Started with Seeds

Growing plants from seed is particularly rewarding for hydroponics gardeners as they can watch the entire life cycle of the plant. It is best not to use soil for seedling germination or early cultivation, and using half strength nutrient solution helps early development. A humid environment is also critical.

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Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening

Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening

A good video introducing the basics of hydroponics gardening. Hydroponics is an increasingly method of plant cultivation, being readily adaptable to growing fruiting and flowering plants. The various hydroponics systems, hydroponic mediums, and other aspects of hydroponics gardening such as regulating nutrient concentration and pH, are discussed.

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Interesting Vertical Hydroponics Gardening Method

Hydroponics garden that is labelled as being vertical but is not strictly so. Strictly speaking, vertical hydroponics gardening contains plants that are located above each other. This garden contains a number of horizontal gardens that have been arranged vertically. Nonetheless the nutrient circulation, although not ideal, looks to be working well and the plants are looking healthy and thriving.

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Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Hydroponics vertical gardens provide a great space-saving solution to gardeners with limited space. As can be seen from this video, a very substantial crop of plants can grown in quite a small amount of space. This garden has tomatoes, capsicum, lettuce, spinach, and herbs. There is also an area where seedlings are grown. Nice work!

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Controlled Environments for Indoor Hydroponics Gardening

Hydroponic gardening allows us to regulate the composition of not only the nutrients, but also the entire environment within which we grow our plants. Environmental regulators that measure, monitor, and regulate temperature, gasses, humidity, and light are available to facilitate this. An environment can be constructed that will allow particular plant types to grow optimally, producing extremely high yields.

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Pests and Hydroponic Gardening

Pests and Hydroponic Gardening

Pests are a problem with any garden. Hydroponic gardens are not as susceptible to pests and diseases as soil-borne pests and diseases can’t effect them. Indoor hydroponics gardens are also protected from pests as they can’t get to them, but at the same time they don’t have the protection of the sun, wind, and rain as outdoor gardens.

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Hydroponics Gardening – Monitoring pH

Hydroponics Gardening - Monitoring pH

Regular monitoring of pH is a critical component to successful hydroponic gardening. While not difficult, it does need to be done on a regular basis along with monitoring nutrient concentration, to ensure that the composition of the nutrient solution does not change significantly with time. Either an electronic pH meter or pH test strips can be used to monitor pH.

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Hydroponics Gardening in Space

Hydroponics Gardening in Space

NASA is investigating the use of hydroponics for application to extended space and inter-planetary missions. Hydroponics will allow astronauts to grow their own food, which will increase the efficiency of missions, and reduce the number of supply deliveries that need to be made. The plant varieties and nutrient combinations they develop will assist all hydroponic gardeners with higher-producing crops that require minimal light and electrical energy.

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