So what really are the advantages of a ProGrow Hydroponics system? Is it really worth the investment?
Efficient Use of Water in Hydroponics
When you can’t see the root stock of your plants, and you don’t fully know the nutrient-values of the soil in which it’s planted, its very difficult to know whether you’re watering it enough, so often we over water our plants considerably. However, in a Hydroponics system the water solution which contains the nutrients (instead of the soil) is applied directly to the roots of the plants in a controlled and measured manner. This often reduces use of water by up to 90%. It’s ironic really since the system is called Hydro-Ponics!
Increase in Production Efficiency
The limited factor for a home grower is often space, hence the reason why main enthusiastic home growers take on an allotment or try to use their friend’s and relative’s garden underutilized gardens as well. But because of the optimum growing conditions and controlled feeding in a Hydroponics System crops can be grown much closer together, often yielding three to ten times the amount of plants in the same space as would be grown in a greenhouse.
Another efficiency is the growth period for each plant. The growing season for a plant is typically reduced to 50% in a Hydroponics system due to the constant and controlled application of light, temperature, moisture, water and nutrients. This allows for several growing seasons per year.
An additional advantage to this is that consumption is more evenly spread so you don’t have to find as many ways to preserve your crops by freezing, preserving and drying them. You have access to ripe fresh crops more times during the year.
Organic Growing Method
Because of the controlled environment of Hydroponics there is no need to apply chemical weed or pest control products to the plants at any stage during the growing process, ensuring that your crops are 100% organic!
Grow What You Want
A further benefit of Hydroponics is that you can choose to grow a greater variety of crops, even ones not usually grown in the UK. The controlled environment with the Hydroponics chamber and lack of reliance on soil type and pH level means that you can try growing vegetables and plants grown in the Mediterranean and other desirable regions. The temperature control is also a factor in this.
You can also choose to grow different plants at different times of the year, without having to replace your soil, you can just change the temperature and moisture settings in the Hydroponics chamber, and then select a nutrient solution best suited to your new crop. We don’t all want to eat salad all year around, so peppers, chillies and legumes may be your crop of choice during the Autumn and Winter months.