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Hydroponic gardening is simple!
A Hydroponic Garden is low maintenance and efficient. Every other day
a pH check is done and water level topped up. Nutrient is changed every
7 - 12 days. A timer is recommended to automatically turn the light and
garden on and off.
We have found Homegrown Hydroponics has a variety of complete garden Kits.
"Deep Water" systems, meaning the plant roots will grow right
down into the bubbling solution below, are popular. Deep water is the purest form of
hydroponics because the roots are directly exposed to the nutrient solution.
This type of garden uses a small air pump to keep the solution well oxygenated.
Each garden kit includes everything
necessary to start growing, just add water!
Another popular method of hydroponic
gardening is Ebb & Flow or Flooding & Draining systems. These
are ideal for multiple plant per square foot growing. They are also very
popular as propagation tables.
An ebb & flow growing tray
is flooded automatically by a submersed pump connected to a digital timer
. Growing medium and root system are soaked at specific intervals. Various
mediums can be used, Rockwool is the most popular. This method makes it
easy to cultivate many plants in a minimal space.
Unlike growing in soil, these hydroponic
methods allow the grower exact control over plants’ nutrient, water
and oxygen intake. Better control over these factors means faster, healthier
growth. A large percentage of our produce, such as tomatoes cucumbers
and lettuce are grown commercially using hydroponics.
Light is the
most important factor in plant growth. Most herbs and vegetables would
like to receive as much light as they can get, therefore place your garden
in the brightest window available. If you do not have a spot with plenty
of sunlight, you can add a fluorescent light to increase intensity and
What about winter gardening? As winter approaches and the days get shorter, even south facing windows
will not supply enough light for adequate growth. This is the time when
extra lighting is most helpful! Most plants need sixteen to eighteen hours
per day and Metal Halide lighting can take the place of sunlight completely.
To determine the size of light
you need first consider what size area you would like to illuminate. A
good rule of thumb is that 400 watt lamps will cover an area up to 5'
x 5' and light any of our complete kits nicely. This will yield 25 watts/square
foot, an acceptable level of light for good growth.
Homegrown has Deluxe light kits that are ready
to plug in and include a dish style reflector, ballast is mounted in a
vented electrical enclosure, 12' lamp cord, 8' line cord with grounded
plug, 5 year warranty on the ballast, assembled and all connections made,