One of the biggest problems that old-fashioned gardeners, farmers and agriculturists face is never having enough time to maintain their crops. There’s always weeds to remove, insects and pests to dispose of, watering to do (unless sprinklers are used, obviously) and many other countless things to worry about if you wish your invested time and efforts to pay dividends.
But not with hydroponic gardening! This old, but new method of growing plants allows for the cultivation of small, delicate plants that yield bigger, better, and healthier crops, faster and cheaper. Hydroponics is a highly (cost and time) effective method that produces high quality crops year round.
If you want a garden but only have limited time to look after it, hydroponics is a great option as this method comes with many time saving advantages over conventional gardening techniques.
Some of these advantages are:
1. No weeding required
With hydroponics gardening, the plants are grown in a solution of nutrients dissolved in water instead of soil. As such, weeds are non-existent, so you won’t have to worry about them sprouting amongst your plants, because there’s no soil for them to develop.
2. Fewer problems with pests and diseases
When growing plants hydroponically, you have less of the typical problems with pests such as slugs, snails or caterpillars attacking your plants.
Although the nutrient solution of your hydroponic garden will have to be changed regularly, this only takes a fraction of the time compared to conventional gardening maintenance such as greenhouse gardening, where the soil needs to be replaced between crops to prevent disease.
3. You don’t need to spend time watering your plants
Plants grown in a hydroponic garden have an unlimited supply of water. You never need to be concerned that your plants are getting too much or too little water.
4. Say goodbye to digging your garden
Preparation of a conventional garden involves loosening the soil to add oxygen for the plants’ roots to extract. Once again, as soil isn’t used in hydroponics, this means one less time consuming job for you to do.
Plants grown hydroponically extract oxygen from the nutrient solution via their roots. The oxygen can quite quickly be used up, so it’s important that it’s replaced. The way it’s replaced depends on which system is used.
With hydroponics, plants can be grown faster than through conventional farming and without all of the concerns associated with regular gardening, too. Although a hydroponic system could take some time to set up (depending on your needs), you will find that it’s always worth the investment.