What do you think when you hear the term “hydroponics”?
Do you imagine technicians in white lab coats tending sterile trays on a space station?
Or maybe you think of a group of stoner’s growing weed?
Two of the biggest reasons that hydroponics has such a bad reputation, is that purists swear it is unnatural to garden in a medium other than soil, and hydroponics stores are often motivated by selling you the most expensive equipment and consumables.
The truth about hydroponics, as with most things in life, is somewhere in the middle. If you are ultimately interested in gardening using aquaponics, consider hydroponics the gateway to aquaponics.
The earliest examples of hydroponics date back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of China. Humans used these techniques thousands of years ago. Although the general theory behind hydroponics remains the same, modern technology has enabled us to grow plants faster, stronger, and healthier.
The best way to find out, is to try it for yourself.
I enjoy helping people, like myself, who prefer to garden outside but want to be able to extend or even grow all year long. Think of indoor gardening in the same way that you think of brewing beer at home. Indoor gardening is a hobby for most people do not have access to large indoor spaces, so it is unlikely that they would be able to grow enough plants to make a profit. The greatest benefit to growing your own consumables is that you will appreciate the amazing results even more because you’ll know how the plants were treated.
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