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DIY Home Hydroponics

DIY Home Hydroponics

DIY Home Hydroponics

Are you excited about what you've read so far about hydroponic gardening? Ready to start you own hydroponic garden and put theory into practice? Here, we'll compare the benefits and drawbacks to the different types of hydroponics system, and we'll discuss what kinds of plants can be grown at home using these systems.

When designing a home hydroponics system, it's generally recommended that a medium be used. This tends to support the use of either a flood and rain or wick system. While a wick system is incredibly cheap and simple to use, it's hard...


Food and Hydroponics Labelling

Food and Hydroponics Labelling

Food and Hydroponics Labelling

There's great debate over the use of organic labelling as it relates to hydroponics. As consumers become more focused on the origins of their food and its impact on their health, they frequently turn to foods labelled as organic. Requirements for organic labelling vary from country to country, with some countries considering crops produced without pesticides as organic and other countries qualifying the organic label to mean completely natural. In the very strictest standards, natural is defined as plants that are grown in the earth using traditional agricultural methods. Under these standards, no pesticides or chemicals...


Hydroponic Equipment

Hydroponic Equipment

Hydroponic Equipment

Yesterday we looked at the different type of hydroponic systems, let's take a look at some of the tools and accessories that work to complement the various systems

The most important part of any hydroponic system is, of course, the nutrient solution used. Hydroponic nutrient solutions are readily available from our website or store and are composed of a blend of such nutrients as nitrogen, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals. Different nutrient solutions are used depending on what type of plants you're trying to grow, what system you're using and what mediums, if any, you're working with.

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The Science behind Hydroponic Nutrients and systems

The Science behind Hydroponic Nutrients and systems

The Science behind Hydroponic Nutrients and systems

Before we can take a look at how hydroponics works, we must first understand how plants themselves work. Generally speaking, plants need very little to grow. They can subsist on a simple blend of water, sunlight, carbon dioxide and mineral nutrients from the soil. Plants are able to transform light energy into chemical energy to form sugars that allow them to grow and sustain themselves. Thus, plants convert carbon dioxide, water and light into sugars and oxygen through a process called photosynthesis. The photosynthesis process requires that the plant has access to certain minerals,...


Why Use a Hydroponic System?

Why Use a Hydroponic System?

Why Use a Hydroponic System?

So why go through all the trouble of setting up a hydroponic system? After all, people have been growing food just fine for thousands, if not millions of years using good old-fashioned dirt. Hydroponics offers some significant benefits over traditional farming, and as word about these benefits spreads, more people will turn to hydroponics for their agricultural needs.

First, hydroponics offers people the ability to grow food in places where traditional agriculture simply isn't possible. In areas with arid climates, like Arizona and Israel, hydroponics has been in use for decades. This science allows the people of...