Hydroponic Gardening For Beginners


I have read about hydroponic gardening for years, ever since I was a subscriber to Mother Earth News as a university student. (Yeah. I lived in an apartment. I’m eclectic.)

However, I have never felt "gardenery enough" to actually try it.

Enter the Hydro-Dome by Dunecraft!

hydrocontents The Hydro-Dome is hydroponic gardening kit consisting of  a plastic pot and dome thingy that gives you every thing you need to grow hydroponic lettuce.

The plants grow in rock-wool in net pots suspended in the pot holder at the ideal height for maximum nutrition and aeration.

The kit comes with all of the essentials such as the plastic greenhouse with hydroponic tray, two-part nutrient, net pots, rock-wool, seeds, hydro-pump for aeration and instructions.

hydrodomegrowing The hydro-pump is kind of fun to squeeze, like a blood pressure cuff from a kid’s toy doctor kit.

Wee, I’m gardening!

Thanks to Dunecraft for the sweet sample.


The Benefits of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is proved to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The yield of the plant is also greater. Scientists believe that there are several reasons for the drastic differences between hydroponic and soil plants. The extra oxygen in the hydroponic growing mediums helps to stimulate root growth. Plants with ample oxygen in the root system also absorb nutrients faster. The nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with the water and sent directly to the root system. The plant does not have to search in the soil for the nutrients that it requires. Those nutrients are being delivered to the plant several times per day. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit. Hydroponic plants also have fewer problems with bug infestations, funguses and disease. In general, plants grown hydroponically are healthier and happier plants.

Hydroponic gardening also offers several benefits to our environment. Hydroponic gardening uses considerably less water than soil gardening, because of the constant reuse the nutrient solutions. Due to lack of necessity, fewer pesticides are used on hydroponic crops. Since hydroponic gardening systems use no topsoil, topsoil erosion isn’t even an issue. Although, if agricultural trends continue to erode topsoil and waste water, hydroponics may soon be our only solution.

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