Hydroponics is gardening without soil. In hydroponic gardening systems, plants are placed in a growing medium and nutrients are provided directly to the roots. Many people are surprised that plants don't require soil to live, but soil can sometimes be a very inefficient growing medium. Plants expend a great deal of energy growing root systems so they can search the soil for the water and nutrients they need to survive. By providing constant and readily available nutrition, hydroponics allows plants to grow up to 50% faster than they do in soil.
- No weeds, fewer pests and plant diseases whilst fewer fertilizers and insecticides are used.
- Hydroponically grown crops use 90% less water and 50% less land than traditional farming with a yield of four times the amount of crop.
- Nutrients - Complete control over nutrient balance
- No Yard Needed - Create a hydroponic garden in any indoor/outdoor space.
- Water-Saving - Hydroponic gardens use up to 2/3 less water.
- Affordable - Get started on a very low budget, and save on any size of project.
- Higher Yields - Hydroponic gardens are far more productive for their size.
- Better Results - Hydroponics produces better tasting, more nutritional results.
- Year Round Growing - With hydroponics, you control the season.
- Enjoyment - Your success is all but assured with hydroponics.
One of the heralded benefits of hydroponic gardening is how it can alleviate poverty while simultaneously easing strains on the environment. Hydroponic gardening systems can be set up to recycle water and nutrients, greatly reducing the resources necessary to grow food.
Recycling hydroponic systems use as little as 10% of the water that traditional Hydroponics and Organics Experts requires, a tremendous benefit in areas entirely dependent on irrigation. Hydroponic gardening virtually eliminates the need for herbicides and pesticides, and hydroponic gardeners need only use about 1/4 the fertilizer that traditional gardeners require.
As the amount of arable land continues to decrease (over 10 million hectares per year are lost), another environmental benefit of hydroponic gardening will gain attention: Hydroponic gardens can produce the same yield as soil gardens in about 1/5 the space. And because artificially lit hydroponic gardens are not dependent on growing seasons, they can produce yields several times a year rather than just once. It has even been speculated that in decades to come, hydroponics will become a significant food source for over-populated urban regions, with people growing food on rooftops or in basements.