What a plant requires for growth must have been pointed out to you by your science teacher. Water, light and oxygen must be what they told you or at least heard. There was no mention of soil as far as you could remember. There must have been a part of you that wanted to understand the logic behind it since all the plants you knew grew on soil and so you posed the question. Your teacher might have commended you on the question and promised to revisit it only it didn’t happen because forgetfulness set in. Though it was a while ago you definitely deserve to have your question answered. Allow me to walk you through hydroponics growing.
When hydroponics is mentioned the word that should come to mind is absence of soil. If you have water, oxygen, light and nutrients then you are good to go. Instead of soil substitutes suck as rock wool, sands , gravel and vermiculite can be used. What is left to do is get a porous container to help with drainage. If indoor garden rocks your boat then you will find sodium bulbs very resourceful as far as light required is concerned. If you figure out which hydroponic growing suits which kind of plants then you are bound to enjoy the ride.
Why hydroponics? That question may disturb your mind. The prospects of getting a thirty to fifty percent higher growth rate should at least arouse your interest. What makes it so is that the root doesn’t have to struggle so much to find nutrients since they are all provided. This makes the focus of growth to be lateral other than that of the root system. Pest , bugs and diseases stand little chance against your plants with hydroponics. The yield you are likely to get is significantly higher and much more healthier since use of pesticides is reduced significantly. Going soilless means no erosion and no pressure where land is concerned which translates to a very happy gardener, you.
If you have always wanted to practice gardening because you enjoy it then hydroponics is handing you that chance. You plants will be eligible for growth at any time of the year and you can bask in the glory of eating biologically grown plants. It can also be a way of bonding with your family with everyone having a contribution in the farm. Its also very friendly to gardeners who are just starting out whatever the case your plants will love it. The result will be healthy, voluptuous and very scrumptious plants.