Let’s face it – gardening is a favorite pastime for many families today. Seasonal availability of fresh vegetables – picked just when needed, making them a much more economical option for families – and the ability to grow plants with hydroponics – allows families to smoothly grow their own crops without the limitations of season, location, and year round weather.
Many families – even those who don’t necessarily have a green thumb – can successfully grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables from seed. Or, many families are attempting to grow hydroponics gardens. So what is hydroponics gardening, and why might you want to try it yourself (or encourage your family to try it)?
Hydroponics gardening is gardening without soil, without soil preparation, and without soil pests. The technique can be traced back hundreds of centuries, when ancient civilizations relied on this form of growing.
While it is possible to start up a hydroponics garden without purchasing a pre-made kit, you will need some skills in order to properly maintain and harvest your hydroponics plants. As you do so, you will also learn about the role of the medium, the plants and the various hydroponics gardening supplies.
Two basic mediums are usually used in a hydroponics garden are gravel and water. gravel allows the water to easily drain through, and it is filled with holes that, when the water reaches the gravel, it does not get contaminated. This sterile gravel is then used as the root system of the plants.
The other basic medium used in hydroponics gardening is coconut fiber. It is very porous material that does not contain nutrients of its own, and it is added to the water to enhance the nutrient availability of the plants. Almost every variety of coconut is used in the creation of coconut fiber – so the material chosen doesn’t matter much.
The final medium used in hydroponics gardening is gravel. This material is used to give support to the plants. The term gravel is a bit of an misnomer. They are not gravel, they are merely layers of little particles that contain tiny air spaces between each particle. This is the so called ” Gravel System ” effect.
Gravel can be purchased in square foot square units – it is not a specially made product. Installing gravel can be time consuming and can make your back sore. It might be a good idea to also do Virtual Ergonomics Workshop to keep your back from aching. This is actually cheaper than rolls of turf, and can be purchased in different colors.
Another variety of gravel used in hydroponics gardening is broken up rock. This is essentially broken up slate. There are many different styles of breaking up rock, and most often they are broken up by a Chemical Peat or Coppable Medium. This is a sort of mix between peat and coppable medium.
Many different people have built tanks, using gravel, using different mediums and different pumps to build many different tests. Each different pump uses slightly different ingredients, and the gravel is always at a higher percentage in the mix. This is because the pumps are designed to give the roots of the plants extra oxygen, and the gravel is designed to give the roots extra magnesium and calcium.
Everyone has different things they like and don’t like to use. What is important is to experiment with what your plants like, and what you like. Humidity is important for the plants and you like. Sounding, with the plants and the water, is not so important.
What is important to remember is that all of your plants need similar things, and they all need to be in the same proportions. Being nutritive, the right ratios of the macro nutrients like nitrates, potash, calcium, magnesium, and phosphates, are needed by the plants. The macro nutrients can be provided by vegetables, and fruit, with even a sprinkle of seaweed. The micronutrients are also supplied by the vegetables and fruits, in small amounts. These fertilizers can add a specific color to the plants or can act as barriers to harmful bacteria and bugs. With the use of garden stones, a high yield of beautiful flowers, fruits and herbs will be your reward
Garden stone is being used by professional growers all around the country, for the final touch and finishing touch of a plant before it is sold. It can be used for construction, for driveways, it is a beautiful way to beautify a business’ look, the options are endless, and is very affordable. The garden stone is hundreds of times stronger and will last for years.