What is Hydroponic Gardening?
Hydroponics. Soilless garden. Aqua garden. All these terms are interchangeable for this indoor gardening system. So what is hydroponics all about?
Indoor, soilless gardening. Since the 1960s NASA researched the most effective way to grow our favorite fruits and vegetables for space travel and found out the key components.
A growing medium. In traditional gardening this is soil. In hydroponics this can be a soil pod, gravel, perlite. Really just something to hold the seed until it can put down roots to absorb nutrients.
Nutrients. Just like outdoor gardens, plants need food. Some form of mineral solutions are needed for seeds to sprout and grow.
Light. The sun is a powerful tool both indoors and outdoors. Indoor gardens need some source of infrared or full spectrum light to stimulate growth. The sun might not be able to power your plants indoors that's why hydroponic garden systems provide the light source that is needed for plants to thrive.
Water and Oxygen. Our indoor plant friends need the same Elements that our outdoor plants need. Just like any living creature, water and air are needed for life. Luckily if you live on earth and there's air in your home, it's as simple as "just add water" to your hydroponic system that has a growing medium, nutrients and light.