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Hydroponic Gardening: An Introduction

Updated on May 23, 2013

hydroponics- the choice is yours

I have often said that anyone can garden. Why, because I believe it; if you want to grow plants, no matter what kind, with enough determination you will find a way.

You may have to do some research; contact and consult with an expert and be prepared to spend a few bucks but it can be done.

When I say a few bucks, I mean a few, nothing is free, but gardening does not have to be expensive. You can hire a landscape designer to create your garden or you can go to the public library and check out a few books.

The choice is yours and that is the beauty of it all choice; if you want to garden you can.

Hydroponic gardening is an ideal way for people who do not have enough space to lay out a garden or who do not want to deal with soil to grow, herbs, flowers and vegetables. Hydroponic uses mineral solutions instead of soil as the growing medium.

There are several basic types of hydroponic systems and you will select the one that best suits your resources and needs.

Plants need light so, as with plants that are grown in soil, your hydroponic plants will need a light source.

If you are lucky enough to have a space with enough natural sunlight that is excellent.

However, if you need to rely on artificial lightening there are a number of choices available.

If you are new to hydroponic growing, I suggest that you start small and get to know the ropes before expanding your operation. People learn best by doing and then by applying what they learn to their efforts.

The ten gallon fish tank hydro garden that is featured in the video is a low cost way of becoming familiar with hydroponics and keeping your investment low. This system could be an ideal way to keep yourself in salad greens throughout the years. A cut and come again garden right in your kitchen, now that is handy and healthy.

There are also a number of complete systems that are available from various dealers. I have not used any of them but some are relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider that for very little effort you can grow herbs and greens on a counter-top in the kitchen. Right where you need them.

Before buying a system do some basic research to see if it does what it claims to do. Also consider how much food the system will produce; are you getting a good return?

On the other hand, the fun of being able to grow whatever you like indoors all year round may outweigh or amplify any thoughts/ considerations about yield.

Herb can be especially prolific in an indoor hydroponic system and flowers all year round have their own reward.

So when you make your final decision the best course of action could eb to determine what you want to grow; how much you want to grow and whether or not you want to do-it-yourself or buy a system?

What is important is that if you want to garden hydroponics is another way to help you realize that desire.

small but effective

photo courtesy flickr/skye820
photo courtesy flickr/skye820

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    Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for the comment.

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    Germ Freak Laura 5 years ago

    Very informative - thanks! :-)

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    I have read a bit about winow farms, looks promising.

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    container vegetable gardening 6 years ago

    Hi Bob,

    You may want to check out the new wonder of hydroponics - window farms - where you grow hydroponics on your windows! Fascinating

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the tip and thanks for dropping by.

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    diy hydroponics 7 years ago

    Hi Bob,

    I agree start small in the beginning. Great ebb and flow video as well. I use a deep water culture system with a simple diy co2 generator I made. If you have a hydroponics garden in use, supplying a sufficient amount of co2 to your plants can have a dramatic effect on their growth time. I have some catnip going in my small system and it's 30 degrees outside. Cheers

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, and thanks for dropping by.

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    Organic Nutrients 8 years ago

    Hello Bob,

    Thanks for sharing a very informative hub to everyone. Keep it up! All the best :)

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Shirely, hydroonics usually gets a giggle or smile. It would indded make being a localvore easier.

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    Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi, Bob. I just had to come by and read. I was sure that you wouldn't be doing a how-to on illegal growing, but I chuckled when I saw the title, all the same.

    Several years ago, I bought a book on hydroponics because I'd seen it on TV and it seemed like such a great idea. I've still never tried it though. If you're growing your veggies all year round, I guess that would help make sure that you remain a Localvore all year round. :)

    Great hub, as always, Bob. They're always interesting.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    gfang 8 years ago from Southern California

    Very informative!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    Hydroponics Jay 8 years ago

    Great page! It's so nice to see people talk about hydroponics without talking about something illegal! Hydroponics has such a bad reputation, and pages like this will help to improve its reputation! Keep up the good work!

    If you have time, check out my blog on hydroponic gardening. http://hydroponicsgardenblog.com

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    Led Grow Lights 9 years ago

    great hub page. We found your post very useful.