All your hydroponic growing needs, supplies, advice and more

Welcome everyone

 

This course is a light introduction to Hydroponic gardening.

Let’s hope we all learn something here tonight.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to sort this out and have it end up so that it all makes sense to me.

We have a lot of products here to show you along the way to hopefully making it easier to get an idea of what you may be working with.

The ones that I show you will mostly be ones that I have used over the years so hopefully it will make it easier for me to explain as well.

I first read about this ‘new’ way of gardening when I was 18 years old and have been amazed by it ever since.

I’ve been experimenting with different types of systems for almost 30 years and even still learn something new almost daily.

Having said that, I fully expect that some of you will teach me a trick or two along the way.

This can be a hobby or an obsession.
It can also, be a very huge learning curve.
But it doesn’t have to be.

You should be able to leave here tonight with all of the information that you need to begin and see a successful crop through to the end.

Most of the work has been done by the pioneers of hydroponics so now we have the tools and information to have a successful crop on the very first attempt with very simple tried and true methods

Hydroponics is basically growing plants without soil. Hydro=water ponics=working, so the water does the work.

Plants don’t need soil to grow nor do they need any medium at all really.

We can give them everything that they do need to grow to grow up to be healthy plants from seedling to harvest.

Lets start by why hydroponics is the farming of the future and why I think everyone should be able to use this way of growing and producing at least some of their own food.

Fresh water is becoming less available every day while clean water is getting rare.

Hydroponics can use up to 90% less water than traditional farming.

 

With hydroponics there is less chance of pests and diseases so less chemicals used.

 

There’s can be little to zero run off or erosion.

 

Less carbon polluting machinery and equipment needs to be used, until you start factoring how we currently produce electricity.

Plants can be grown more intensively so it takes up less space while maximising crop yields.

For instance, field tomatoes can yield from 10 to 40 ton/acre where as hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes can yield as high as 300 ton/acre.

 

Hydroponics can drastically decrease what is known as food miles because it can be done anywhere you have water, light and a few basic nutrients.

 

The crop can be more easily tracked from seedling to market to know exactly what environment, chemicals or bacteria the crop may have been exposed to.
So, where food safety is an issue, hydroponics can make for a much safer product.

 

If everything we’re being told is true; food security may very soon be an issue. 

So,  learning these methods becomes more important to more easily guarantee food supplies on a local scale.

 

Indoor gardening is more easily taught to people that have issues with an outdoor environment, especially children, than would dirt farming because the weather is always nice, there is no weeding or bugs and if done properly there is less UV radiation to worry about etc.

And most of all, it’s really is fun.

Let’s face it, where else do you get to play god in your life?