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Hydroponics • Hydroponics is growing plants without the use of soil. • Instead plants are fed through a nutrient filled water solution.
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.
Hydroponic Benefits • Hydroponically grown food has many benefits. • Generally they taste better and have a greater nutritional value.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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