For those with little to no space, there are still plenty of techniques that will allow them to scratch that gardening itch. One solution is to ditch the soil and try hydroponic gardening.
What is Hydroponic Gardening?
Before we go any further, perhaps we should address the common question don’t you need soil to grow a garden? The answer is no, not always.
Hydroponic gardening is a gardening technique that does not require soil. Rather, the plants get the required nutrients from other means.
The sunshine is replaced with grow lights, and the other nutrients are replaced by a mineral solution.
Why Try Hydroponics?
Hydroponic gardens are great for a number of reasons, including their versatility. Since the plants don’t need to spread their roots into the soil to get the needed nutrients, the plants can be put closer together, saving gardeners a lot of space.
Additionally, plants growing in a hydroponic garden tend to grow at least 20% faster than traditionally potted or garden plants. This is because the plants growing will have more direct access to all their nutrients.
Another great benefit of hydroponics is that it saves water. The plants take the exact amount of water they need at any time, and any water that remains will be used at a later time.
Finally, possibly the best perk of this gardening technique is that weeds and any soil-borne pests and diseases are no longer a concern.
Hydroponic gardening is a great technique for those with little space, but there are plenty of other gardening techniques to explore. To start your own hydroponic garden at home, check out this article by Fifth Season Gardening.
For some other, unique gardening techniques, be sure to read our post from last week here.
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