Hydroponics is an effective means of growing plants without soil; instead water containing nutrients is used. To start hydroponic gardening, you can select the kits available or if you prefer you can make one yourself.
You must first select an appropriate location for your hydroponic grow kit. The location must be to your plants liking. Temperature, humidity and ventilation are the factors to consider when choosing an ideal location for the solution.
There are two simple methods of making a simple kit; reservoir method and the flood and drain method. In the reservoir method, the plants will be situated in a reservoir containing nutrient solution and an external air pump provides air bubbles to the solution that provide oxygen to the plant roots.
In the flood and drain method, a second reservoir is used to hold the growth medium. The principle is based on gravity. The growing medium and the reservoir are connected by a tube where the reservoir is placed level to or higher than the growing medium, thus solution will run from the reservoir through the tube and flood the grow medium. The positions are reversed to drain the solution. This is done regularly to ensure plants access the maximum nutrients from the solution.
Grow lights are important for the packages. Use grow lights that best fit your garden beds and that will produce the correct amount of light that the plants need. Indoor growing tents, closets and other enclosed spaces can also be used. Direct sunlight can be used if the kit is in a direct position of a window.
Drainage and circulation can be achieved through electric pumps that run on automatic timers in most grow kits. The growth medium can be bought in gardening stores. Hydroponic grow kits are available in any of the system methods and include everything needed to grow plants indoor. They save on time and are easy to use.