Hydroponics - Part II
A while back I started a project to learn a bit about hydroponics, and determine if it was a sustainable method of growing food.
To be clear, I’m no Gardener, and had no previous experience with hydroponics.
Here is what I learned:
- There is a science to all of this, it’s not something as easy as brewing up some nutrients and calling it finished.
- You can get quick results, but there is a learning curve. You have to pay attention to the plants if you want to succeed.
- You have to have the right sized containers, and there is where I failed. I went way too small.
- I think your nutrients can directly impact the flavor of your grown plants.
- In a very remote location, or in a situation you cant devote regular time to, this is not a good option.
- If you can’t maintain electricity to power your grow lights, this is not a good option.
- If you can’t invest the time and effort to mix and replenish your nutrients, this is not a good option
- If space is limited, you can grow with this method, just probably not enough to radically supplement your food supply.
- It’s not a project for Beginner Gardeners, the plants will tell you whats wrong, or right, you have to know how to listen.
- In my opinion, it’s fun as an experiment, but unless you are skilled, and have established a longterm plan to work the project, not worth it.