Why Hydroponics?

 

Less Water Usage:  Depending on the method you use, hydroponic gardening can use up to 80 percent less water than conventional dirt gardening.

Simple Learning Curve:  Hydroponic gardening can be simpler to learn than conventional gardening, because most of the guesswork has been taken out of the equation for you with pre-formulated nutrient blends.

Smaller Space Requirements:  With our smaller, Vertical Hydroponic Self Contained Growth System, you can grow right on your own patio or deck, or even inside your home next to a sunny window.  Some countries, like Japan, are simply running out of room for conventional farming and are finding vertical hydroponics to be a viable answer to their food production issues.

Versatile Growing Climate: You can grow almost anywhere, from icy climates to desert environments.  Look how Israel and other Middle Eastern countries use hydroponic systems to grow lush, high quality fresh produce in harsh environments.

Growing Season:  If you are growing hydroponically inside your home, Florida room or greenhouse, you are not limited to just growing in springtime.  You can grow year round.

Fast Growing:  Your crops can grow up to 1.5 times faster than conventional soil based growing.

Insect Control:  In a well-managed hydroponics system, plants are less stressed, reducing their susceptibility to pests and diseases, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for pesticides, and increasing the effectiveness of natural pest control methods, such as beneficial insects.  Pests like to attack weak and stressed plants; it’s nature—in the wild, predators usually go after weaker animals.  Even if you do get a hole eaten in your leaf, consider it a good thing!  It means your food is fit to eat!  That is a lot better than eating leaves that have been sprayed over and over with all those nasty chemical pesticides.

Weed Control:  Unlike conventional dirt gardening, weeds and grasses are not a problem—no herbicides needed!

Organic Options: While conventional hydroponic nutrients (made from refined minerals) are usually more affordable and less problematic when it comes to maintaining your system, organic hydroponic nutrients are available.

Accessible: Hydroponic growing can make gardening more accessible for those with limited mobility.  Because crops are not planted down in the dirt, maintaining and harvesting your crops is much easier.  There is no back-straining weed pulling, and no tilling or mulching.

Cost Effective:  Once set up and operating, a well-managed hydroponics system can be very cost effective, especially considering the amount of money you can save in a year’s time by growing your own produce—often costing just pennies on the dollar compared to store bought fruits and vegetables.  You use a lot less fertilizer than soil-based growing, because you only feed your plants exactly what they need, and no extra, so no waste.  In commercial systems, labor costs can be significantly reduced because of the accessibility of the plants for maintenance and harvest, and reduced maintenance in general because there are few, if any, pest, disease, and weed problems.

Community:  Become the source in your community for the freshest produce available, because that store bought produce can be up to a week old before it even hit the shelves of your store.  There are several ways to use hydroponics to help your community, such as setting up food co-ops to make locally grown produce available for sale, or donating fresh, quality produce to local feeding ministries.

“Green” Farming:  A well-managed hydroponics system doesn’t impact the environment like conventional farming practices can.

High Yield:  When growing hydroponically you can expect 4 crops or more a year, because you control the environment, nutrient uptake, and ultimately their growth. Lettuce can be grown in just a matter of weeks, and if you plant new seeds once per week, you can grow on cycles where you can harvest lettuce once per week.

Clean and Easy: With our vertical hydroponic system, there is no more weeding, tilling, or bending over to work on your knees, as the lowest plant can be 1.5 feet off the ground.  Plus, there is no more dragging your water hose and sprinkler through that muddy garden.

Flavor:  With you in control of the nutrient uptake you can control the brix level of your produce allowing you to grow the sweetest fruit you would ever be able to imagine, because you control the sugar content and nutrient density.

Versatile:  The system is not limited to fruits and vegetables; you can also grow many of your favorite herbs and flowers as well.  Check your local grocery store price tag for fresh grown live basil—IF it is available at all.  Grow your own herbs to use fresh, or dry them for use later.  You know how they’ve been grown and picked and stored.  Love flowers in your salad or on desserts?  Take control and grow your own edibles!

Fun and Relaxing:  Gardening, in general, can be very relaxing and relieve the stress of this hectic life we live.  And because you will be growing hydroponically, maintaining your garden is much easier.  Growing hydroponically is also a very educational experience, and a great project for families.