You’ve always had an interest in gardening. You may have a small garden of your own at home, or you could spend time at community gardens helping other people develop green thumb. You’ve spent more time outside than you can count weeding, harvesting, and doing pest control, and you’re more than proud of the farmer’s tan you’ve earned from it. There’s no doubt that you love gardening, but recently you’ve felt like something has been missing. It’s not that you’re bored of gardening; it just feels like you need a change. If you really want to try something new, maybe you should consider moving your garden indoors.
Hydroponic gardening is the garden of the future. Hydroponic gardening takes up much less space than traditional gardens and some even argue that the setup is better for the environment. You don’t need an entire laboratory to have a hydroponic garden, your basement and some equipment will do just fine. If you’re ready to enter the world of hydroponics, make sure you follow these tips.
Get good lighting
Plants need sunlight to grow, and you’re going to have to replicate the sun’s nourishing rays with proper lighting. You’re going to need lamps that can get the job done, but you should shy away from super high wattage lamps. They could overheat, or potentially cause a fire if they’re left unattended. Do some research into to what you want to plant before you run out to get your lamps. Certain wattages are recommended for certain plant species, and if you get a lamp that’s too strong or too weak you can have a failed hydro garden on your hands.
Keep nutrients simple
Some people that are new to hydroponic growing are quick to overload their system with a variety of nutrients, and they end up with plants that can’t thrive. It is possible to have too much of a good thing when you’re hydro gardening. Don’t feel the need to add a lot of additives to your nutrient mix when you’re first starting out. Vitamin B1, silica, and liquid seaweed can be excellent additives when you’re a bit more of a seasoned hydroponic gardener. If you use too much too fast you’ll doom your plants to nutrients overload.
Pay attention to your water
Regular old tap water isn’t ideal for hydroponic gardens. Some local water may not have the right pH balance, or have too many minerals that can harm your plants. Make sure that you’re using the cleanest water possible, and don’t be afraid to refresh it. You should also make sure that your water is always at a good temperature. You can always rent a chiller to keep the water cold and crisp during the heat of summer.