Hydroponics is, simply put, a system of growing plants without soil (dirt). This method of growing plants is versatile and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Once understood the use of hydroponics is a simple yet very effective method of growing plants and vegetables.
One of the major benefits of using hydroponics is the ability to set up a system indoors. With an indoor system one can have a thriving vegetable garden all year long. This is a major plus for most people.
There are several myths surroundings the use of hydroponics. For educational purposes let’s look at some of the more widely spread myths:
Myths versus Facts
Hydroponics is a Brand New Technology
False: The use of hydroponics has actually been in existence for many, many years. There is a belief that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in ancient times were actually grown in some form of hydroponics.
Can Only be Used Indoors
False: Many of the larger produce farms use hydroponics in their fields to ensure that all plants are given the nutrients needed for maximum plant performance. The use of hydroponics in the field allows for crop production where previously nothing could be grown, i.e. the desert or fallow ground.
Is Horribly Expensive
False: The use of hydroponics is no more expensive than regular gardening. One just spends the money on different items. Think of your expense for fertilizer, pesticides, garden tools, special soil etc. Now the expense is for small pumps and nutrient based liquid (that is recycled).
Promotes Huge and Unnatural Plant Growth
False: Hydroponics merely uses the nutrients that plants need in a liquid form. One does not have to worry about the variations in the soil; all plants receive the proper amount of nutrients they need to flourish. This does however let the plants grow to their maximum potential, leading some to think they are ‘unnaturally’ large.
Hopefully these facts will help to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the use of hydroponics.