The term “Hydroponics” comes from Latin which means working water. It is also known as the art of growing plants without the presence of soil. When people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening that is also known as NFT or nutrient film technique. In the present time, there are a wide variety of variations of NFT that is being utilized all over the world and at the same time it is a well known method of growing hydroponically. One thing that most people don’t realize is that there are countless variations and methods of hydroponic gardening.
Why does Hydroponics work well?
If you give a plant what it needs, the plant will be as healthy as genetically possible. With the use of hydroponics system, the plants are grown in an inert growing medium and the plant is perfectly balanced. The pH nutrient solution is delivered to the roots in a highly soluble form. This allows the plant to uptake its food with little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients as well as extract them. The energy expended by the roots in this kind of process is energy better spent on vegetative growth, flower and fruit production. If you want to obtain greater yields, better and faster growth, hydroponics system is the ultimate choice that you should consider especially when it comes to commercial food production.
Environmental Benefits of Aquaponics
If you want to have aquaponics in your residential property, it is very important that you are familiar and aware about the environmental benefits it has the offer. In order for you to be familiar with it, here are some of the environmental benefits of aquaponics that you should be aware of. Check this out:
- Reduced water use- In California & Arizona, water is a scarce resource. This is one of the reasons why it makes sense to make use of methods that reduce the amount of water to produce the same amount of food. As the water from the fish tank is recirculated, the amount of water lost within the system is minimal.
- Reduced chemical use- In aquaponics system, the need for chemicals is reduced dramatically due to the fact that nutrient is made available to the plants by the fish waste. Too much use of chemicals in aquaponics system can harm the fish and at the same time disrupt the natural interactions of the fish and the environment.
- Reduces Erosion- Erosion is considered as one of the biggest problems in the United Estates. There are many acres of topsoil that is being lost to water as well as wind erosion each year. This is one of the reasons why waterways are experiencing silt build-up.