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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is all about enriching water with the very same nutritive minerals found in nature, replacing the soil with an inert medium such as rockwool, perlite or coconut husks. The grow medium used replaces the function of the soil, keeping the moisture in and protecting the plants delicate root systems against the elements. In essence, Hydroponics is creating and maintaining the nutrient solution you use to fertilize your plants without the use of soil. Hydroponics is derived from Latin, meaning "working water". Perfected over 300 years, Hydroponics was first used in ancient Babylon with their world famous hanging gardens. These gardens were so well build and designed they are doubted today as one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Hydroponic gardening holds many advantages over the conventional method of growing plants. By using hydroponic systems farmers can now grow plants faster and more vigorously than ever before, resulting in bigger, healthier crops with much larger yields. Hydroponics is also to date the most efficient and effective way of growing plants. This makes it possible for farmers and enthusiasts to grow an extremely wide variety of plants in areas you normally wouldn't be able to grow them. Listed below are all the main benefits of using Hydroponics over soil based gardening

Benefits of Hydroponics

- Significantly increased yields and shortened crop maturation cycles. - As no soil is used it rules out the possibility of soil born pests, diseases and fungi. This ensures plants are typically healthier than their soil grown counterparts. - Troublesome weeds and stray seedlings amongst your plants are eliminated, reducing and almost eradicating the need for herbicides - Hydroponic systems are low in cost and easily maintained. - Turnaround time between planting is trimmed, as no soil preparation is required beforehand. - Hydroponic gardens lowers water cost and usage, as the nutrient solution circulates through the grow medium and drains back into your reservoir. - Growing hydroponically is environmentally friendly as it uses much less water, and fertilizers also reducing the risk for pollution in the surrounding environment. - Because most hydroponic grow systems are secluded, pests and wildlife are easier to keep away and eliminate. Although there aren't many disadvantages in growing with hydroponics, there are some. Below is a list of possible disadvantages when growing with hydroponics.

Disadvantages of Hydroponics

- Pathogen attacks can occur such as damp-off, owed to wilt, caused by too high moisture levels. - Finding the right medium and system for your specific plant species can sometimes be troublesome  - Without soil as a cushion, roots dry out quickly. So any failure over a prolonged period to the hydroponic system may lead to severe plant damage and death.
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What is Hydroponics?