As climate change takes a toll on natural conditions, hydroponic urban gardens are all the rage. Without the need for soil, hydroponic gardens can sustain all types of fruits and vegetables all year-round. They’re favoured by apartment-dwellers or homeowners with a smaller space—and for good reason! Interested in setting up your own hydroponic garden? Here’s why you need one.
They save water
Thanks to irrigation systems, farmers all over the world have been able to scale food production for billions of people over the years. However, water doesn’t come in an everlasting supply. According to the World Health Organisation Report of 2019, only 71% of people use safely-managed water drinking services. Because hydroponic gardens don’t require soil, they also require much less water.
They’re completely soilless
As previously mentioned, hydroponic gardens can exist in areas with limited soil, water-logged soils, snow-capped soils, or no soil at all. This is because crops are grown vertically, which drastically reduces the need for land requirements. With hydroponics, you’ll only be leaving a fraction of the footprint required to grow the same number of crops grown using traditional farming methods.
They provide complete control over changing climates
A hydroponic growing system allows you to control temperature, light, CO2, air, and humidity according to the needs of the crops you’re growing. You can even adjust the concentration of nutrients provided to ensure the optimal growth for various types of vegetables.
Incorporating a Containerised Growing System (CGS) regulates growing conditions without the need to consider your external environment or geographical location. Cycle after cycle, you can create your own micro-climate that caters best to your favourite crops.
They provide the right amount of nutrients with fewer resources
Through a hydroponic system, you’re able to provide plants with a precise amount of nutrients without a high demand for fertiliser. This is because plants no longer need to develop root systems and instead focus on developing vegetative growth. In simpler terms, plants in hydroponic channels take only the nutrients they need. Since the supply of nutrient-rich water is balanced and well-delivered, all crops grow equally and with the same chances of success.
They allow you to control pH levels
Gone are the days of having to ensure that your soil is in between neutral and acidic. With a hydroponic garden, you can bid acidic fertilisers and other organic materials goodbye. Instead, you can simply add a pH buffer solution to your existing reservoir and conduct an easy test to determine the correct pH conditions for your crops.
They can work within limited space
If you’re living in an apartment, you won’t have to put your dream garden on hold. Hydroponic gardens have very minimal restrictions in regard to space or even location. If you have 80 square feet to spare, you can host as many as 450 plants such as lettuce, kale, thyme, basil, or mint, and yield up to 23,000 fully mature plants a year. That’s a lot of vegetation you can use to your advantage. Worried about living in a remote region under harsh climate conditions? Don’t—a CGS can guarantee you fresh and tasty produce year-round.
If you’re without a gardening plot or simply want to produce more fruits and vegetables with the space you have, hydroponic gardening is definitely an option for you and your family. Need a little hand with getting started? We, at Urban Garden in the UK, can provide you with all the hydroponic tools and advice you need to get started on growing all your leafy favourites.