Hydroponics vs Soil – The Modern Gardening Showdown
Hydroponics Saves Water
Maybe it’s the old hippy in us but the fact that hydroponics gardening uses water in a more efficient way just seems… right.
With traditional soil gardening, you water your plants but not all of the solution will make it to the plant. Some drips out the bottom of the container, some soaks deeper into the ground and some simply evaporates into the heavens.
In a hydroponics setup, nutrients are recycled through a process called a recirculating nutrient reservoir.
What this means in real terms is that your plant’s roots will only take what nutrients then need and the rest will go back into the reservoir to be cycled back through later.
It’s estimated that a hydroponics system uses just 10% of the water that a normal soil systems does.
Also, an this might just be us but there’s something relaxing about the sound of your air stones bubbling away that’s extremely relaxing.
Traditional soil gardening requires an enormous amount of space.
True, you can soil garden indoors using pots and window boxes but these limit the size of the plants you can grow.
Hydroponics allows you to produce a larger yield per square meter than soil gardening. For instance, with vertical hydroponics you can stack rows of plants on top of each other without taking up more surface area.
You also have the advantage of giving your system more exact levels of nutrients meaning plants can be grown closer together as there isn’t a battle for food.
No Weeding Necessary
I’ve got to admit, this one is possibly one of the most appealing things about a hydroponics setup – no weeding is necessary!
Do I need to say any more?
Less Pests and Diseases
One of the biggest causes of pests and plant diseases often come from the soil or grow media.
With no soil in your hydroponics system you reduce the chance of soild borne disease.
Faster Plant Growth
With a properly optimised system your biggest advantage is that your plants grow bigger and quicker.
For example, you can often take vegetables such as lettuce from seed to harvest in just over a month. This is almost twice as fast as regular soil gardening.
You Get To Experiment
Okay, for me this is one of the most appealing parts of hydroponic gardening – getting to experiment and refine my setup over time.
With shorter grow times, you can make changes and see what impact it has on your plant growth in weeks rather than months.
There’s also something quite fun about playing with pH meters, nutrient solutions and plumbing – you often feel like a mad scientist!
The Bottom Line
So there you have it, in the battle of hydroponics vs soil, you’ve now got 6 reasons why you should consider your own hydroponics setup.
Hi I'm Miles and I'm one of the growers behind AuthorityGardening.com.
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