If you are trying to create a sustainable garden for your family, one option may be to go with a hydroponics set-up. There are several benefits to this type of sustainable gardening option, including the ability to garden in smaller or indoor spaces. Before you visit your hydroponics shop, there are a few things you need to know. Here are a few key points about starting a sustainable hydroponics garden and what you need to know about each point.
Vertical Growing Space
When you consider using a hydroponics method for a sustainable garden, you probably think about the horizontal growing area. What you may not think of is the vertical growing space you will need. When you plan your garden, you need to ensure that the area you will place your hydroponics station in has enough room for the vegetables and plants to grow in all directions. In addition, you need to think of your lighting set-up as it pertains to the vertical growth of the plants. You will need lighting that can rise above the highest point of the plants to give them the continual light they need. Your hydroponics shop will have lighting that can be adjusted and that can be hung from ceilings if necessary.
One of the key points to a successful hydroponics garden is the pH balance of the water. You will need to make sure that you have a pH monitoring system in place. This can be a monitoring system that is as easy as using strips to check the water. If the pH is unbalanced for the plants you are growing, you will need to adjust the nutrients to achieve the proper pH. This means having the right nutrients and monitoring system near the hydroponics station to make these adjustments easily. Keep in mind, your hydroponics shop will have traditional and digital monitoring systems for you to choose from. They can also show you how to use these monitoring systems.
The growing media you use is vital to the growth of the plants you choose. You need to make sure that you are educated on the proper media to use for your plants and for your ongoing success of a sustainable gardening system. The growing media can consist of wool-based pellets, expanding clay or felt. Your hydroponics store representative can help you with the right growing media, the type and how to use it successfully.
These are just a few of the key points you need to know about starting a sustainable hydroponics garden. If you are ready to get started, visit your local hydroponics shop. They can help you with the lighting, the growing media, and the nutrients you will need for the specific plants you will be growing. They can also answer any questions you have about growing specific plants in a hydroponics environment.