Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

So as my readers will know that I am relatively new to hydroponics gardening. I have since learned that hydroponics has it advantages over growing in soil. Plants grown by using the hydroponics method will probably grow around 50% faster than their soil grown counterparts. Of course this will usually end up as a better crop production, including the extra supply of oxygen to the roots when using hydroponics growing medium.

Better root systems will encourage more oxygen to the plants helping to absorb the nutrients faster. Because the plants are growing in water they dont have to spend time in soil looking for the nutrients they require to grow correctly. Those nutrients are being delivered to the plant throughout the day. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit.

Less bug infestations

Another advantage that plants have when grown using hydroponics is that they are less likely to have infestations of funguses and plant disease. Of course this must be combined with cleanliness and general garden hygiene!

Soil gardening believe it or not uses much more water than hydroponics. Thus offering many benefits to the environmental friendly Gardner. Starting with top soil erosion does not exist in hydroponics. Including the use of peat as a growing medium. Peat as we all know will be fazed out in the near future with Coco-husk taking over. Hydroponics use a constant amount of nutrients therefore using less water.

Another advantage is that there are less pests and therefore less pesticides are used (once again this must be combined with cleanliness and general garden hygiene). Hydroponics on large scales will be the norm in the future. The future is already hear looking at the size of the giant glasshouses you can see doted all over Europe and North America. Global warming is expected to become the major cause of soil erosion in parts of the world. Turning fertile areas into deserts.

Glass houses the size of large towns will become the science fiction of the norm. Growers now have complete control over the amount of water and nutrients used for growing huge crops. Even in warmer climates such as Spain then hydroponics plays some sort of role in controlling water usage.

The purpose of a growing medium is to aerate and support the root system of the plant and to channel the water and nutrients. It will be interesting to see how things pan out going forward. However we have still made great steps into out growing methods for whatever crops we decide to grow.