Hydroponics – The Future of Gardening
Urban living and well being most of the time contradict each other, and in most cases, the latter is compromised in the busy lifestyle of urban residents. Gas prices, deteriorating economy and the increased dependence on processed products from across the world resulted in worsening health conditions and lifestyles.
The role of hydroponics in urban households is extremely significant. The search for healthier food grown locally has made hydroponics an attractive option for individuals, households and businesses. Homes that have hydroponics systems are on their way to self-sustainability in terms of growing spices, fruits and vegetables that are kitchen staples. These types of food are commonly found in supermarkets almost exclusively, majority of the supplies are grown using artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that are detrimental to our health.
How Does Hydroponics Fare with Traditional Soil Gardening?
Traditional soil gardens require huge amounts of labor, maintenance and chemicals to sustain it. While a small percentage of growers are leaning towards organic farming, majority are still using harmful chemicals that cause health problems. Additionally, soil gardens require huge amounts of water to ensure that plants get the necessary amounts of moisture on their roots. Plants would have to grow elaborate masses of roots to get to the needed nutrients, stressing them out and in turn, they grow slowly and with small amounts of produce. Weeds and pests are also common problems with soil gardens. Constant weeding and application of pesticides burn out the soil and provides less nutrition to plants. Runoff water contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers go to freshwater reserves and the water table.
On the other and, Hydroponics does the opposite of soil gardens. With advanced hydroponics, soil is eliminated in the growing process and thus, there is no need to cultivate the soil to prepare for planting. Instead, plants grow in mediums and are anchored on such mediums that their roots touch the nutrient-rich water below them. Plants are directly fed with needed nutrients that they do not have to grow elaborate roots to search out for food. Instead, plants gain the opportunity to grow more leaves and produce tasty fruits and crops. Less space and water is also required in hydroponically grown plants and thus, it is perfect for homes to grow plants using this system.
Self-sustaining homes that grow food right inside their buildings or at their backyards and rooftops have more opportunities to save on expensive fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have the advantage of eating healthier food, free from harmful chemicals. These advantages will ensure that this trend becomes even more popular among households due to self-sustaining benefits and improvement of wellbeing for urban dwellers.