BASIC HYDROPONICS: SAVE TIME. SAVE SPACE. SAVE THE PLANET.
Not only is hydroponics the fastest-growing horticultural sector, but it's also the fastest way to cultivate plants, veggies, herbs, and flowers! And most plants thrive in hydroponic systems, including strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, lettuces, kale, bell peppers, chilies, oregano, cilantro, and basil, to name a few. But the benefits don't stop at tasty, nutritious produce.
Saving water is crucial to our planet. Hydroponic systems use less water and land resources than traditional agriculture and can be utilized year-round, even in desert climates like Australia, Israel, or Mars. And with global concerns over climate change and overpopulation, growing crops hydroponically could soon dominate food production as a more sustainable, efficient alternative to in-soil farming methods.
Growing plants hydroponically also helps save money and, especially, time. It saves time that might be spent weeding, watering, fertilizing, treating pests and diseases, and dealing with outdoor weather conditions. And most importantly, hydroponic farming speeds up plant growth by delivering nutrients directly to root zones, so in the amount of time it takes to grow lettuce in soil, you could have two hydroponic lettuce harvests with more on the way. That means more product and revenue for commercial growers and more fresh, healthy food for hobby growers.
Hydroponics is taking off in urban areas where room is often limited. Hydro systems can take advantage of abundant vertical space, and you can plant seedlings closer together than in soil because their roots don't have to search far for nutrients. There are numerous towers and setups you can purchase to accommodate your space, along with many great DIY examples and tutorials online:
So consider going hydro! You have nothing to lose and plenty to save!