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Indoor Hydroponics Gardening
Although it sounds amazing, indoor hydroponics gardening is simply growing plants inside without soil, using water, air, sand or gravel as the growing medium instead. The word 'hydroponics' is derived from the Greek words, 'hydro' which is water and 'ponics' which means labor. Interestingly, gardening without soil is nothing new, the Floating Gardens of China was commented on by Marco Polo and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon dating back to 604-562 BC are two examples from history.
There are generally two types of indoor hydroponics gardening, passive and active. Passive indoor hydroponics gardening involves getting the required nutrients plants need to grow through the use of what is known as a wick system. The wick system works pretty much the same way a kerosene lamp does, pulling the nutrients from main reservoir. The passive system is not used frequently as it is not as efficient as the active hydroponics system.
Active indoor hydroponics gardening system is where the nutrients needed for plants to survive are actually poured over the roots directly, or a pump is used to take the nutrients to the roots. There are different types of active hydroponics systems such as the ebb and flow method and the nutrient film technique.
The nutrients used in indoor hydroponics gardening are known by many different names, such as hydroponics nutrients, plant food or hydroponics fertilizer.
Once the fascination over the novelty of this type of gardening is over the real fun begins. Indoor hydroponics gardening generally produces larger fruits and vegetables; this is as a result of the plant not having to divide its time between finding nourishment and producing fruits or vegetables. It has been proven that vegetables grown using hydroponics tend to be 30-50 percent larger than those grown in the traditional manner. In addition to producing larger results, indoor hydroponics gardening also results in quicker produces.
For the beginner wanting to experiment and start indoor hydroponics gardening as a hobby, the internet is a good starting point for articles on how to get into hydroponics gardening. In addition there are tons of books on the subject, as well as gardening clubs, both online and in-person that you can join. Bear in mind however that some of these groups are fee-based while others are free.
The beauty of indoor hydroponics gardening is how easy, quick and clean it is. This method of gardening is believed by some environmentalists to be the future of gardening. Indoor hydroponics gardening is less wasteful of natural resources such as water and soil.