Here lies the solution to having a healthier lifestyle and understanding the way of nature. Indoor gardening is the best solution to our most common problem of not having space in our surroundings. Hydroponic is defined as the way of gardening (mostly indoors) in a soil-less medium with added nutrients that help the plant with all the requirements to grow healthy and strong. It can be done either indoors, outdoors, or in a tower structure in a vertical farming/gardening manner.
The benefits of hydroponics are:
The controlled environment of a hydroponic garden assures the prevention of any weed or infestation to affect the plant. It is tedious and sometimes expensive to have your garden maintained if you have a weed problem. Insects and foreign objects or beings hinder the growth of the plant and sometimes it’s death. Hydroponic gardening negates the possibilities of such problems so that it is just you and your plant growing together and healthier without the addition of chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides in their ecosystem. Also, by controlling the nutrition and environment, you can make any plant grow at any time of the year with the least amount of water needed and the plants can grow 2 to 3 times faster than traditional methods.
There are plenty of options out in the market to have a self-reliant hydroponic system to be able to reap the benefits of hydroponic gardening without the little hassle of maintaining the plant’s ecosystem, for pro-gardeners or novices. For example, all of Altifarm Enverde’s products are self-watering and come with their own grow lights. Herbstation can be used to grow your regular greens to have access to the most fresh greens on your demand. An Altifarm is a heavy-lifter that can give its user an outdoor gardening or farming experience. From underground potatoes, and carrots that grow at ground level, to cucumbers that hang from their plant branches, all types of veggies can be grown in it, and the best part about it is that it is set up in a vertical gardening structure, giving it the advantage of saving space and increasing accessibility.
Almost all types of plants can be grown in a hydroponic garden. Some commonly grown by hydroponics gardeners across the globe are regular greens such as green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, broccoli, lettuce, pea, leek, and spinach. For bigger hydroponics, vegetables such as carrot, beetroot, cucumber, aubergine, onion, pepper, radish, courgette, tomato, or fruits such as cantaloupe melon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, grape and even tree fruits such as lemon or apple using dwarf trees can be grown with ease. Some use smaller hydroponics such as PICO to plant aromatic plants like basil, coriander, mint, thyme, sage, tarragon, or rosemary anywhere in their household to have a natural air freshener and have a pleasant appeal to their home.
Hydroponic gardening drives sustainability unlike gardening in a soil medium, one never know how much water or sunlight a plant needs. For hydrophilic plants, you can regulate the amount of water as per their requirements and not flood the medium because of not knowing the required quantity. As per the study, hydroponic gardening saves as much as 60% of water, than traditional gardening methods. With the addition of grow lights, plants can have as much power as they want to convert their food into energy even in the absence of sunlight. A timer can be attached to the grow light to have them on only for a specific amount of time.
Having plants indoors has a positive effect on one’s mood. Hydroponic gardens can be used to help treat patients with mental problems such as anxiety, anger, stress, or the feeling of being unloved. For children (can be interlinked to the 4th blog), adults, or the elderly, gardening is a way to learn a lot and grow as better people. It is said to take out the negative energy that surrounds a household. The scientific explanation is that the vibrant colors and the inclusion of extra oxygen in the air we breathe help the mind work better and feel physically better.