Every state offers different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to gardening. For example, in 2019, Florida finally released the ban on front yard gardens. Even then, there’s so much that goes into a successful garden that, for some, it seems easier to not even try. However, with advancements in methods like hydroponics, the idea of growing a garden doesn’t seem so impossible. Below, we’ll touch on some of the best hydroponic systems for beginners. Check them out and see if this is something you could do!
Before we delve in, it’s important for you to understand hydroponics. In the simplest sense, it’s a way of gardening without soil. The roots grow from a nutrient-rich solution. It takes up less space and grows plants faster—perfect for those who aren’t the greatest with traditional gardens. However, that doesn’t mean that work isn’t involved. You still have to pay attention to pH levels, solution levels, drowning of roots, and more. Here are some simpler hydroponic systems!
Wick hydroponic systems are ideal for beginners. It’s the simplest method—there are no moving parts, no electrical components, and it works great if you want to start an herb garden for your kitchen. You’ll need to change or add water every few days, but it doesn’t require daily focus. It’s truly a great start for beginners; make it a fun project by building your own system as well!
On the other hand, drip systems are a bit more complex. Once set up, operating isn’t too difficult—you’ll use a timer to control the pump that’s submerged in the nutrient solution. The versatility of this hydroponic system makes it one of the most widely used in the world—it’s used both on a small and large scale. For beginners, we’d recommend non-circulatory drip hydroponic systems, so that you don’t have to worry too much about incorrect pH levels.
Deep-water culture systems are simple systems, but they take up a bit more space than the others on this list. For this system, the plant’s roots are suspended in the nutrient deep-water solution. In the water, there’s an air stone or diffuser to provide oxygen to the roots. Plants grow quite quickly with this system, so you might want to opt for slower growing plants. That way, you’ll have time to find additional space for them.
These are just a few of the different hydroponic systems for beginners. Do some additional research and see which would work best for you and your home. Either one you choose, be happy that your own personal garden isn’t far away!
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