What Is Hydroponics And How Does It Work

by RightFit Gardens | Last Updated: August 18, 2021

Gardening is often associated with three things: healthy soil, a large space, and hard work. While most of this is true, there is an alternative to growing a lush and productive garden without a minimum of two of them. The term hydroponics refers to this type of gardening. Even many might say it doesn’t require as much work as traditional gardening. Having no digging, bending, or weeding to do sounds easier to us. We’ll discuss exactly what hydroponics is and how it can help you grow vegetables at home.

The Basics of Hydroponics

Growing plants without soil is the essence of this type of gardening. It replaces soil with a water-based, nutrient-rich solution and a growing medium to support the roots, such as Rockwool, perlite, coconut coir, expanded clay pellets, grow stones, vermiculite, or started plugs. With hydroponic growing, if plants are provided with water that contains all the necessary materials to grow and if another material can support that water, soil is not required.

how does hydroponics workGrowing a hydroponic garden requires a few simple elements. The following are included:

Despite looking like a futuristic idea, ornamental and crop plants have been cultivated in hydroponics systems for centuries. Imagine the hanging gardens of Babylon. Hydroponic farming has become a popular alternative to growing local produce in areas with little outdoor space or where soil and weather conditions aren’t conducive to plant growth.

Benefits of Hydroponics

Types Of Hydroponic Systems

Hydroponic growers use six main types of systems, including wick systems, deep water culture (DWC), nutrient film technique (NFT), ebb and flow or flood and drain, aeroponics, and hydroponic drip irrigation system.

You can use any hydroponic method at home to grow plants and leafy greens simultaneously. If you don’t have a large backyard or soil, you can still grow an efficient garden with this soil-less technique.
You’ll be on your way to growing hydroponic plants quickly with some basic equipment and knowledge.