Seed Starting & Hydroponics

What is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil. Instead of nutrients in the soil, plants thrive on a nutrient solution which contains the minerals that the plants need. So, rather than searching throughout the soil for minerals, your plants are able to get nutrients easily, directly from the nutrient solution. Grow media -- such as gravel, peat, vermiculite, Perlite, coco, old rubber tires, Rockwool or expanded clay aggregates -- is often used to support the plants and their root systems and perhaps to hold moisture around the roots. The growing medium is not a source of nutrients in itself.

Why grow hydroponically at all?
Hydroponic gardening is an easy, environmentally sound way to grow a wide variety of
healthy plants.

What are the advantages of hydroponics over soil?
Plants grown in hydroponic systems maintain optimum nutrient and moisture levels, so
they grow faster and healthier. And no soil means no weeds and no soil-born pests or
diseases. Another advantage is that root systems stay smaller on hydroponically grown
plants, allowing the plant to focus its growth energy on producing plant mass rather than
roots. This means you can have more plants per square foot of growing space. And since
hydroponic plants never get root bound, they don't need to be repotted. Hydroponic
produce has a longer shelf life than soil grown produce.

What kind of plants can be grown with hydroponics?

  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Snow Peas
  • Beans
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Chard
  • Hot Chilies
  • Broccoli
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • House Plants