Growing with hydroponics is essentially the art of gardening without a medium, such as soil. It’s also known as growing in a soilless medium. We’ll explain all about hydroponics systems and how you can build a hydroponic garden with a MEGAPot system at home below.
A hydroponic system is so versatile it can be used by large scale farmers or homeowners. And now you can learn how to build a hydroponic garden for yourself by reading on further. Typically, the traditional way of gardening or farming involves sunlight, water and soil. However, with a hydroponic system, this is not the case.
Hydroponics is the Greek word from ‘hydro’, which means water, and ‘ponos’ which means work. Therefore, ‘working water’ is its original meaning.
It is a method of soil-less cultivation of plants.
The basic idea behind hydroponics is to allow the plant roots to get in direct contact with the nutrient solution. Furthermore, also giving great access to oxygen, known to be essential for proper growth.
Hydroponics allows the grower to fully control the nutrition a plant gets. As a result, it can be a simpler and more productive garden in comparison to an underground garden.
Some people find that hydroponic gardening is difficult or requires a lot of knowledge. Subsequently they may give up too easily. In fact, it can be as simple as a bucket with water-soluble nutrients and a small amount of styrofoam.
Depending on the system you use, will depend on how the plants will grow.
MEGAPot is a hydroponics system where the roots of the plants are suspended in coco. The base used in the system gives your plants stability and a safe environment to grow in. Ultimately, it is aimed at growers who want the benefits of a gravity fed system and prefer growing in large pots.
There are four main components to the MEGAPot system, including;
This is designed for the fabric pots to sit inside them. They act as a tray and catch any excess water and nutrients. You can then drain off and reuse the excess liquid to use again in the system.
The Fabric pot allows the roots of the plants to develop and grow as needed. It doesn’t constrict the roots, so they can take in all the nutrients. Thus allowing the nutrients and water to move about freely.
The white pipe ensures that when growing outside, the system doesn’t attract the sun. The water and nutrients can pass through and not be affected. The pipe is key to ensuring that the water and nutrients are passed first to the plants, afterwards any excess is drained off.
The valve controls the flow of water and nutrients. This helps to ensure the plants are receiving the right amount of both during the growing process. As a result, an effective valve is essential to our system set up.
Some people think that starting a hydroponic garden is too complicated, but it can be easy if done correctly. Here are our top tips for growing your own hydroponics garden:
Caring for your garden can be simple. Most edible plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. 12-16 hours is good. Set the lighting system timer to turn the lights on and off at the same time every day.
The best lighting for hydroponic systems is high intensity discharge lamps. A halide bulb emits a more reddish-orange light and is an ideal choice for vegetative plants.
In addition to this, the ideal temperature is 68-70 degrees fahrenheit. High temperatures can slow plants’ growth, too high and a temperature can cause root rot.
Ideally, relative humidity in hydroponic growing rooms is between 40 and 60%. Higher levels can cause powdery mold and other fungal problems. Furthermore you may wish to consider using a humidifier or dehumidifier to adjust the relative humidity.
From this article, you know how to start up your very own hydroponics garden. By the same token, you know how to keep your plants healthy and happy.
At MEGAPot, we believe we have the best hydroponic system in the UK. The design has the grower in mind, both beginners and experts. Moreover, the MEGAPot system is easy to use and therefore anyone can have a go at growing.
There are many benefits of using a hydroponics system. It’s fast growing, high yielding and great for small spaces. Not to mention that a hydroponics system uses less water than traditional gardens. Furthermore, you can prolong the winter growing season if required.
To find out more about how to build your own hydroponics garden, just get in touch with us at the MEGAPot website and we can talk it through further.