Before you build a hydroponic system, you should know the advantages to growing your own garden without the aid of soil. Some of the benefits to hydroponic gardening include:
Hydroponic gardens produce the same as traditional gardens in one-fifth the space. Due to recycling, hydroponic systems use as little as 10 percent of the water that traditional gardening uses. Hydroponic gardens use none of the herbicides and pesticides that are used in soil gardening.
If you are going to build a hydroponics growing system, you will need to decide which system to build. Some of the systems used today are:
If you are going to build a hydroponic system for the first time the Ebb and Flow is a good choice for beginners. It’s easier than some of the more complex systems and the few things you need, include:
The steps to build your system include:
The Ebb and Flow system is a very versatile system that will work with a number of growing mediums like Grow Rocks, gravel or granular Rockwool. You can either spread out the growing medium in the tray or use individual pots for each plant and put those in the tray.
The one disadvantage of the Ebb and Flow system is its vulnerability to the loss of power. You need that power for your timer and pump. You could also experience a mechanical failure with your equipment as well. The interruption of watering cycles will dry out the roots very quickly.
If the world has experienced a complete economic collapse, you may find that paper currency has become obsolete. No longer can you go to the grocery store and purchase dinner. In fact your first concern aside from personal safety is going to be water and food provisions.
If you are going to build a hydroponic system, you will need to purchase some materials. Your new system may need some tweaking as well so don’t wait until your life depends on it before starting to grow your foods hydroponically.
You might want to experiment with different systems until you find the system that works the best for you. Do all your playing around before some type of economic disaster strikes making it impossible to go to the grocery store for your food and water.