Many gardeners have shifted from soil to hydroponic gardening. Aside from the real accounts proving that hydroponic gardens are bound to faster growth and higher yields, Science has time and again, supported this fact. For one thing, the water medium provides more oxygen, and thus stimulates root growth. The nutrients in the hydroponic system are also mixed directly with the water. So, the plant quickly absorbs it.
But as enticing as it is to grow a hydroponic garden, you need the necessary know-how on doing so. In this post, we will learn several pointers on starting a hydroponic garden at home.
1. Find The Right Location of Hydroponic Garden
Soil gardens are best kept in an open space where it is free to grow up to its maximum size and absorb all the sunlight it can get. For a hydroponic garden, hower, you need to store your plants in an enclosed structure. You can choose between your basement or a greenhouse that you set up explicitly for this purpose. One also needs to make sure that the ground is level so all the plants will get equal amounts of nutrients.
You can still place your hydroponic garden outdoors, but you need to take good care of it from outside elements. So, it would be better if you can install some wind barriers near your garden. Aside from that, you also need to check on the water level from time to time to ensure that it hasn’t been evaporated.
2. Install The Hydroponic Garden
A hydroponic system consists of a stand, trellis, six growing tubes, nutrient tank, manifold, and a pump. The pump and the growing tubes should be placed under the tank so the nutrients can be pushed up to the plants.
The growing tube is equipped with a drain pipe on each tube, which leads back to the tank. On top of the pipes, there’s also the manifold that brings pressurized water to the tubes.
The nutrient tubes, on the other hand, are equipped with tiny tubes, from which nutrients will pop out and feed the plants.
3. Put The Water And Nutrients In The Tank of Hydroponic Garden
You need to fill the 50-gallon tank with water. Depending on what’s indicated on your fertilizer label, you need to add two cups of nutrients to the tank. After that, you need to turn on the pump and leave it like that for about half an hour so all the nutrients will mix up appropriately.
4. Install The Plants To The Growing Tubes
Some people prefer to grow seeds separately because you can’t just plant seeds in water.
You’ll soon learn, however, that the easiest way to plant a hydroponic garden is to buy seedlings. But of course, you need to be conscious of the technicalities of buying seedlings as you do so. Purchasing the healthiest among the pack is essential.
Before you can place them in the tubes, you need to remove the dirt off their roots and submerge the seedlings in a bucket or lukewarm water. Don’t go for too cold or too hot because it might just stress the plant. This will make it a lot easier for you to remove all the dirt. Make sure that the roots are free from all dirt before installing it to the tubes.
5. Tie The Plants To The Trellis
From the hydroponic system package that you purchased, you will find some plant clips and strings. You can use this to tie the plant to the trellis.
One way to maximize the space in such a confined area is to use the strings so that the plants will have some sort to climb straight up.