Growing Plants without Soil…wait what?
Surprisingly there are a lot of people who haven’t been introduced to the idea of growing plants without soil. We still get customers who come into our store, see plants growing in a hydroponic or aquaponic system thinking somehow that we are using soil. After about a minute of talking with them, they realize we are not using soil.
Many times you will have plants grow much faster in a hydroponic system because they receive what they require at all times. Rather than the plant having to wait for you to water it, your garden is given water and nutrients at all times. Most traditional hydroponic systems also use concentrated artificial fertilizers which increases growth rates as well.
For those that are interested in growing plants without soil while using organic inputs, you can utilize eco-friendly fertilizers. However the most popular method for organic hydroponic farming is the invention of aquaponics. This is the art of growing plants without soil PLUS utilizing living fish to provide nutrients for your plants. Instead of adding fertilizer to the water, the fish will process its fish food and poop! We’re not going to get too detailed about aquaponics just yet, if you’re interested in more see our other posts.
Think about how plants grow in soil. Without getting into the soil biology, basically your roots grow into the soil, which is usually in a container. As they grow they are in search of minerals to provide nutrition and help them grow. We can do this same thing, without soil. Provide the roots something to grow into and give them the minerals needed.
Your garden needs oxygen, water and nutrients for its root system. Whether this is provided in soil or if you’re growing plants without soil, as long as you provide those things, your crops will flourish. How someone provides those things determines the gardening method being used.
This article is not meant to sway you in either direction, in regards to growing with soil or growing plants without soil. It is meant to give you a bit more understanding of how we can grow plants without soil.
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