Hydroponics is the use of growing mediums such as water, Rockwool, perlite, coco coir, etc that are not soil. These mediums can be used to grow plants hydroponically in a controlled environment. Hydroponic growing uses nutrient-dense liquid feed rather than soil. This means less work for you and no weeding or maintenance at all required! Of course, hydroponics isn’t better than soil growing but it does have its advantages. For example; A hydroponic system may be easier to set up and maintain than a traditional soil garden or container vegetable plot. You won’t need to worry about watering schedules or getting the right amount of nutrients into the ground. And since hydroponics systems are so compact, some may even fit into city apartments! There’s also the aesthetic factor that comes with having your own self-sufficient indoor garden. Instead of staring at a barren patch of the yard all summer long, you can sit back with friends and enjoy the view from your patio over coffee in the morning and wine at night instead!
Which is Better for Grow Lights?
Once you’ve decided that you would like to grow plants using hydroponics, the next step is deciding which type of light is best for your system.
Some of the most popular types of hydroponic lights are fluorescent, LED, and HPS.
- Fluorescent Lighting: With fluorescent lighting, you will have a shorter lifespan on your plants but they will be very bright. Fluorescent lighting can usually be found in a desk lamp or floor lamp.
- LED Lights: LED lights provide more light per watt than fluorescent lights so they should last twice as long; however they are not as bright as fluorescent lights. If you want more light and don’t mind upgrading to a higher wattage, LED lamps are an excellent choice.
- HPS Lights: HPS (High-Pressure Sodium) bulbs produce the highest amount of light per watt but also cost more. You will get about 2 years out of them before having to change them out for new bulbs.
Soil or Hydro?
When deciding whether to use soil or hydroponic gardening, consider the cost of both. If you’re just starting out, you may want to get familiar with soil gardening and grow plants in that first year. This will allow you to see the overall process and determine which method is best for your interests and needs. If you’ve already done some research on this topic, then go ahead and jump right into a hydroponic system! If you have more questions about hydroponics and soil gardening, feel free to reach out to us at www.utahgrowers.com or call our helpful staff at 801-977-8765!
What’s the Difference Between a column and a reservoir?
A column is a vertical term used in the construction industry that describes the part of a building that supports its weight.
A reservoir is an open water storage tank typically filled with liquid, such as water or oil.
The difference between a column and a reservoir? The reservoir stores liquid and have walls around it to contain the fluid. A column does not have walls around it but instead is shaped like a pillar or beam.
Different Types of Hydroponic Systems
There are three main types of hydroponic systems:
1. Soilless systems
2. Rockwool-based hydroponic systems
3. Aquaponics systems
Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Hydroponic System
1. Gather your supplies
– Soil (potting mix)
– Coco coir
– Packing Peanuts
2. Fill the bucket halfway with well water
3. Fill the other half with hydroponic mediums (Rockwool, peat moss, coco coir, perlite)
4. Add plants to the bucket; ensure that there is enough room for them to grow and absorb water from the surface of the media. If you want more than one plant in a bucket, each plant should be spaced approximately 3 inches apart from one another and at least 12 inches away from the walls of the bucket
Benefits of a Hydroponic System
The hydroponic system is also environmentally friendly. That’s because you won’t need to introduce any chemicals into the soil, which can be harmful to the environment.
A hydroponic system is also more energy efficient than a traditional garden or container vegetable plot. This means less work for you and no weeding required!
Finally, hydroponics systems are less expensive to maintain than traditional systems. You won’t need to invest in fertilizer, seeds, or watering cans and the setup is usually cheaper. Also, you won’t have the labor involved with weeding and maintenance of a garden or container vegetable plot.
Although hydroponics isn’t better than soil, it has its advantages. For example; it may be easier to set up and maintain than a traditional soil garden or container vegetable plot. The aesthetic factor is also a good reason to invest in hydroponics systems as they are more compact and can fit into city apartments.
That said, hydroponics is not the best option for everyone and you should consider your own specific needs before investing in a system. For those who have indoor space to grow their plants with the help of artificial lights and a controlled environment, this is definitely an option worth looking into!