By Mark Shepple
Hydroponic gardening has been hyped as a better alternative for years. In ground gardening is basically simpler and more straightforward than hydroponic gardening. The necessary condition for engaging in regular gardening is having garden space and soil for planting. The soil, in its natural state, supplies the nutrients that your plants need.
Hydroponics eliminates the soil as a necessary precondition for gardening. In hydroponic gardening, many materials like coconut fiber, sand, gravel, etc, may be used as a medium for growing plant life. You remove the dependence of plants on soil by giving these plants their required nutrients through specially formulated fertilizer that easily mixes with water and is readily absorbed by plants and crops.
The hydroponics process is, of course, much more complex in practice. Because your plants do not have a naturally occurring nutrient source, you have to be extra careful about monitoring all aspects of raising your plants. You have to follow strict and regular water cycles. As such, you may even use advanced applications and computing paraphernalia which could automate the processes for you and leave little room for gross errors.
Hydroponic and Field Gardening Square-off
In ground and hydroponic gardening mainly differ in the method by which the plants receive nutrients. Regular gardening makes use of what’s readily abundant in nature, soil. Hydroponic gardening makes use of whatever medium is available and just makes sure that the plant receives sufficient amount of nourishment through the use of specially formulated fertilizers. Both regular gardening and hydroponic gardening, however, still require the right amount of sunlight and the right pH level for the plants to survive.
Advantages of Hydroponic Gardening
Hydroponics allows for a precise and scientific system through which the amount of water, the nutrients in water, the frequency of hydration, and the amount of sunlight the plants receive can be strictly monitored and controlled. Hydroponics therefore does not leave much room for error and thus endows the gardener control over the outcome of his gardening efforts.
If you are interested in a horticultural or agricultural career, you may wish to try hydroponic gardening methods. Or maybe you want to make better use of a hobby greenhouse? Square foot production and overall quality can both be improved with hydroponics. Regular gardening is more of a hit-and-miss thing because you rely on the soil’s natural nutrients to support your plants. You can only try to increase the soil’s nutrients using fertilizers. There’s no assurance on whether the nutrients you’re supplying is too little or too much. Regular gardening therefore, provides little stability in the crop produce.
Advantages of Regular Gardening
In a nutshell, regular gardening is preferable if you are a hobbyist who likes puttering in your backyard garden. You also do not need much money and expensive gadgetry to experience the benefits of regular gardening. Nature has a way of balancing things out, even given some natural disadvantages and deficiencies.
Mark Shepple is a handyman and home improvement writer. When not working in the house he enjoys Gardening around the house.
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