Hydroponic Gardening in the Greenhouse

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil. The plants, which are usually grown in shallow trays, are supported by an inert growing medium such as gravel, mineral wool, or perlite. Greenhouse is an ideal place for hydroponic gardening. Temperature and humidity can be maintained in the growing range that is best for plants, creating a nearly perfect environment.

Hydroponic gardens can be located almost anywhere, as long as there’s electricity to run the equipment. The trays take up little space. And since nutrients are delivered to the roots, rather than the roots ranging through the soil to find nutriment, less space is needed for a hydroponic garden than a conventional garden.

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

A few basic pieces of equipment are necessary to start your hydroponic garden: trays, growing medium, pipes, valves, and a storage tank for the solution. To have an automatic system, you’ll also need a pump and a timer. The equipment can be purchased a s a kit; instructions are generally included. Once the equipment is set up, you’re ready to plant. Almost any plant that can be cultivated can be grown hydroponically — vegetables, annuals, and even bulbs. There are 3 methods for getting plants started in a hydroponic garden — planting seeds directly in the medium, starting seeds in compressed peat pellets, and buying nursery seedlings.

It is best to use just plain water (without nutrients) in your grow tray until the plants established and growing. Then, introduce the nutrient solution gradually so plants won’t be shocked. The solution should be circulated through the grow tank twice a day — NEVER at night and preferably not during the hottest part of the day, because plants can’t use nutrients efficiently at these times. After the tank is filled, the solution slowly drains back into the storage tank, allowing the roots to breathe again.

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

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