Intro to Hydroponics
Beginner’s Guide to Hydroponics
Hydroponics basically involves growing plants in a controlled environment. The theory behind hydroponics is that you can grow plants without soil, instead providing them the nutrients they need directly from food and water. Hydroponics provides all the food and nutrients they need in a liquid form so it can travel directly to the roots. Plants actually grow faster, and it can also be a tidier method of growing. And since there is no soil involved in a hydroponics garden, there is no risk with pests or soil-borne diseases.
Sorting the Different Hydroponic Systems
Choosing the right growth system is going to involve some different factors.
1. Available space.
2. Lighting and outlets.
4. Time for your hobby.
5. Expansion possibilities.
The best system recommended for a beginner is a passive system. This type of system uses a wicking material in the containers that helps to draw nutrients up into the roots. This type of passive system can be a good way to begin and is also affordable and simple enough to create yourself.
Healthy Harvest Brings Productive Commercial Technology to Home Hydroponics
Commercial growers have been using efficient hydroponic methods for years. There's no worry about soil-born diseases or pests, and there's no weeding. For professional growers, quicker harvests and higher yields are good reasons to use hydroponics.
At Healthy Harvest we've adapted these proven techniques to convenient home gardening systems. We have incorporated high performance technology with quality professional-grade materials, and designed a full range of systems for your personal use.
Using Grow Lights
All plants need sunlight to grow, but natural sunlight can be mimicked with grow lights. These have a high intensity that will work well for all levels of people doing hydroponic gardening.
Buy lights have have been prewired and that are rated at 120 volts. This is your normal home current. These keep them compatible with your standard outlet. You can install the lights on simple ceiling hooks you purchase anywhere. Hang up your lights, turn them one, and begin your gardening.
Usually one lighting system will cover about a 1 foot to 2 foot area. You can buy bigger lights that cover a 12’x12’ area. Start small and work your way up.
These lights are even attractive, and fit in with the decor of your home if you wish to set up a small spot in your living room or dining room.
Healthy Harvest High Intensity Lights are Easy to Use
One of Healthy Harvest's most important innovations has been to take the effective but cumbersome commercial greenhouse lights and make them easy for home gardeners to use. A Healthy Harvest High Intensity Grow Light can be hung from a simple ceiling hook and plugged in as easily as a home table lamp.
The systems are completely pre-wired, UL listed (with lens), and ready to plug in. Everything is rated at 120 volts (your normal home current) and plugs into any standard home outlet.
Types of Plants to Grow
You can turn any room or closet in your home into your personal greenhouse. You can grow any type of plant that you wish—tomatoes, peppers, rare orchids—from the comfort of your spare room or basement.
If you’re planting seedlings, you’ll want to use a lower wattage light. This is also effective for cuttings and other low light plants such as African violets.
Best Growing Media
There are a variety of growing media you an use in your garden in addition to organic soil. Compressed bricks provide an efficient way for storage of coir from coconuts. There are also peat pellets, rockwool starter cubes, and organic plugs to use.
Start Your Hydroponics Garden Now
Setting up a hydroponics garden is often much simpler than growing plants outdoors. Start small with only a few seedlings, then work your way up to a variety of different plants. Soon you’ll have a thriving and healthy garden that you grew all by yourself.