The use of indoor hydroponic gardening is growing rapidly. Indoor gardening offers several advantages to grow plants inside, but in general, indoor gardening requires much less work than outdoor gardening. Since indoor gardening uses a nutrient rich media, the plants are healthier and therefore more likely to grow well than their outdoor counterparts. Additionally, indoor plants use much less water because they do not have to fight for the nutrients that are in the light and water. These benefits are well worth the initial cost of starting an indoor hydroponic gardening system.
There are some things to keep in mind when starting an indoor hydroponic vegetable garden. Follow along as we guide you through the process. First, purchase a grow light, or set up a homemade solution of solution and water that will provide everything needed for a healthy start. Next, choose the best growing medium, whether it be perlite gravel, vermiculite or another medium. Make sure you follow along with directions carefully so that your veggies will grow up to be the healthiest vegetables you’ve ever grown!
– Set up your indoor hydroponic vegetable garden. You can follow along with the instructions found on the manufacturer’s site for the proper way to setup your system. This may require a little bit of work such as removing existing sod or loose soil from the area to which the system will be attached. If you want to save time, you can skip this step and connect up your system right away. This is easily done by loosening the grass clippings on the bottom of the tray and plugging in the wires for the electric starter. Next, connect the drip tray to the wall and insert the perlite into the holes in the bottom.
– Hydroponic gardening has become very popular as of late due to the pesky bugs that seem to multiply at the slightest provocation. With the introduction of new materials such as PVC pipe, some people have discovered new ways to combat these pests. Authoritative sources advise that pest prevention measures include placing screens on the bottom of the containers. The author of the following article did not attempt to cover methods of pest prevention but rather provided hints for a more streamlined indoor hydroponic vegetable garden.
– A hydroponics nutrient solution may be necessary if you are growing exotic vegetables. These plants do not normally use traditional soil. To solve this problem, you can purchase a nutrient spray or add a teaspoon of powder per 5-inch pot. However, if you have only two plants growing, you may not need to buy a nutrient solution. Just use tap water with a gentle detergent to wash the dirt and apply generous amounts of either fertilizer or soil rich powder.
– You will also need to purchase a good quality light source. There are many options available to you. One option is using fluorescent lighting, while another option is using Metal Halide lights. If you are growing mostly veggies, you may be able to grow them without the aid of lights but it is important that you follow along with recommended bulb requirements. The amount and intensity of light needed to stimulate the growth of the veggies will vary based on the type of plants you are growing.