Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hydroponically speaking... why not?

Not a day goes by that the news has a report on some contaminant found in the food supply. And as more and more pollutants are dumped into the atmosphere and alternative needs to be found!

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions instead of soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel or mineral wool. A variety of techniques exist. - wikipedia

In a nutshell, hydroponics requires:

  1. Seeds of what you want to grow,
  2. Water,
  3. Minerals,
  4. Light source.
And there's wonderful Hydroponics How-to Books that explain step by step how to build your own inside garden!

There is a new method of hydroponics that is known as Inverted Hydroponics where the plant is growing upside down! Which cannabis growers have been using very successfully.
We in no way suggest you grow cannabis but instead use this method to grow FOOD!

The difference between standard hydroponics and inverted hydroponics is that you use a soda bottle that you can hang upside down with the planet stem hanging out the spout with some packing around the stem to retain the moisture. Whereas standard hydroponics has the planet suspended over a bath of water and minerals.

Using the inverted hydroponic method, the root system will grow more abundantly and thus draw in more nutrient and water allow the plant to grow larger than normal! There a lot more of these new and innovative ideas in: The Hydroponic Garden Secret Guide .

There's nothing like picking your salad right before you eat it from your hydroponic garden!

Have a great Grass Roots Castle Day!

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