Hydroponic Gardening

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Hydroponic Gardening

  1. 1. Hydroponic Gardening Brought to you by Microempowering.org
  2. 2. Hydroponics • Hydroponics is growing plants without the use of soil. • Instead plants are fed through a nutrient filled water solution.
  3. 3. Growing Hydroponically • Growing plants hydroponically allows for a faster & larger production rate in small areas such as greenhouses, rooftops, cl assrooms, and homes. • It also enables people to produce food where space, nutritious soil, and water are otherwise limited.
  4. 4. Hydroponic Benefits • Hydroponically grown food has many benefits. • Generally they taste better and have a greater nutritional value.
  5. 5. Hydroponic Benefits • As the grower you have a greater impact on the properties of the food (i.e. pesticides). • Hydroponically growing food also pollutes less because it reduces your food waste and usage of pesticides.
  6. 6. Methods• There are a variety of hydroponic gardening methods, including:• NFT (Nutrient Film Technique)• Ebb and Flow Method• Aeroponics• Wick Method• Drip Method• Water Culture
  7. 7. The NFT, and Ebb & Flow Methods • The NFT method streams a thin coat of nutrient solution over the roots of the plants. It is most commonly used with professional hydroponic gardening kits. • The ebb and flow method temporarily floods the roots of the plants then drains.
  8. 8. The Aeroponic, and Wick Methods • The aeroponic method requires you to suspend your plants in mid-air while spraying the roots regularly. • The wick method delivers the nutrient solution to the roots from a reservoir using wicks.
  9. 9. The Water Culture Method • The water culture method holds plants in tray with their roots floating on a nutrient solution. • This method is most popular with teachers for the classroom because it is inexpensive and easy to make.
  10. 10. For more information on topics like this visit our Resource page at www.Microempowering.org

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