Hydroponic systems can dramatically reduce the amount of time required to produce good plants. Any vegetable, flower, shrub or even trees can be grown without the need to cultivate, weed or mulch, while watering and fertilising can be taken care of by automatic systems.
No longer will the quality of your soil dictate the quality or quantity of your produce. Hydroponic systems can be established anywhere, irrespective of the soil, climate or the amount of space you have.
You will discover that the vegetables and fruit produced by hydroponic systems have a superior flavour and texture. The plants have all the required nutrients readily available to them and don’t need to waste energy developing large root systems. Because the plants have all the nutrients that they require they will develop faster, be more healthy and have a better resistance to disease than plants grown in soil.
It is possible to further increase the growth speed of the plants by techniques such as heating the nutrient solution to the optimal temperature for the plants roots.
You will be able to grow a larger number of plants in a small area producing a far higher yield than normally possible. When plans are removed from a hydroponic system, new seedlings can immediately replace them making it possible for you to have a continuous yield.
You will find that only a small number of seedlings are required to produce what you need, as losses from pests and disease are greatly reduced when you grow hydroponically, especially if your plants are housed in a greenhouse or other structure. Without dirt in the system it is easy to keep everything much cleaner enabling you to eliminate problems caused by many soil borne diseases.
You will find that hydroponic systems are highly efficient, require a low capital outlay and produce high yields with less effort. This allows you to easily produce cheap quality vegetables and fruit almost all year round.
There are seven main designs used for Hydroponics systems, these will be explained in the System Design section.
With a little imagination you will be able to have a hydroponic system in almost any location, from the smallest indoor system to large outdoor systems.
Hydroponics will provide you with a challenging and exciting hobby and best of all you get to eat the most fantastic fruit and vegetables grown at your own home