An increasing number of gardening enthusiasts love to engage in a soil-free gardening called hydroponics. This form of gardening does away with soil and instead focuses on the use of water together with a nutrient solution, to sustain the plants’ growth. And believe it or not, you can grow healthier crops even without the use of soil.
However, DIY hydroponics is not something to be undertaken lightly, if you want to successful at it. You need to get hold of the right guides and see what is involved. It’s important that you take some time in learning the basics.
DIY hydroponics is a term used to describe creating your own hydroponics systems, rather than buying an off the shelf system or paying a professional to build and install one for you. The DIY hydroponics route enables you to branch out into hydroponics without spending a lot of money, and should you enjoy it, to build on and expand your system using DIY skills and non specialist items. This DIY approach enables you to keep costs down to affordable levels.
Hydroponics is an effective modern way to grow and cultivate plants. It is about enriching the water with the same nutrients found in nature. It generally relies on a closed system that helps recover the water lost through evaporation and prevents the discharging of nutrients to the environment.
Plants grown with DIY hydroponics are found to be healthier compared to normal soil grown plants. Plants receive the proper nutrition through a well balanced diet. Less energy is wasted during the absorption of water that contains the nutrients the plants need. The produce is generally larger and taste better than those grown in soil.
When you are planning to make your own hydroponic system, you need to learn about the contents of the water in your area. You can contact the local water company for an analysis of the water quality. You need to take note that an important factor in water quality is the “softness” or “hardness.” Hard water contains lots of dissolved minerals while soft water is much purer with lower levels of dissolved chemical and minerals.
With the advancement in hydroponics research, it is no wonder that DIY hydroponics is also growing in popularity. Hydroponic growing systems are designed to meet the specific requirements of plants to receive the most reliable and efficient methods to deliver nutrients.
If you are interested in hydroponics, be aware that there are three major requirements that your hydroponics system must satisfy:
- Roots must be provided with a fresh, well balanced supply of water and nutrients.
- A high level of gas exchange between the roots and nutrients solution should be maintained.
- Plants should be protected from root dehydration, as immediate crop failure can occur if there is a pump failure or power outage.
Another aspect of DIY hydroponics is that a hydroponics system can either be passive or active. An active system has a mechanical means to provide the nutrients to the plants and makes sure that there is an effective circulation of the plant food. A passive system relies on the natural way of plant nutrition through the capillary action, absorption and the help of gravity to provide nutrients to the plant roots.
DIY hydroponics can be as reliable as the hydroponic system designed in a research lab. Once you meet the three major requirements of the plants, you are assured of the efficiency in plant nutrition. You are also able to avoid the disruption of the growing environment and let your plant develop. With the intelligent engineering and practical experience, you are able to build your own system that is reliable and efficient for growing plants with the help of water technology.