What’s good Greenies and welcome to another insightful Wisdom Wednesday from me, ThisBuds4You. This week Greenie Jaybay writes in about hydroponics:
I’m a big fan of the website, job well done. I had a question on hydroponics systems. i was wondering what are the different types of systems and how effective are they? thanks for taking the time, keep up the good work!!
Thanks for writing in Jaybay. There are quite a few different hydroponic methods and systems available and I will go over a few of them today. First, let’s discuss passive hydroponic systems and active hydroponic systems. Passive hydroponic systems have no moving parts and generally rely on you (the gardener) to water the garden. Active hydroponics systems can be very high tech and sophisticated. They can use pumps, timers, emitters and drippers to water and feed the garden. Hand watered hydroponic gardens that use coco coir and soiless mediums are some examples of passive hydroponics systems and they are a very effective method of growing. I prefer a hand watered coco garden myself. It may be more work because the plants are being hand watered, but there is also less that can go wrong because there are no moving parts (example: no floods!). There are several different active hydroponic systems on the market today, and there are all different styles, too. Ebb and Flow (also known as Flood and Drain), NFT, Aeroponics, Deep Water Culture (DWC) and Top Feed Systems to name a few. As far as how effective all of these systems are…well that’s going to rely totally on the grower. Check out the videos listed below, they explain a few of the different hydroponic systems in detail and how they work.
Ebb & Flow Explained – Part 1
Ebb & Flow Explained – Part 2
How to build an Ebb & Flow System
How to build an Aeroponics System
More Aeroponics (How to build an Aeroponic Cloner)
Deep Water Culture – Explained
More Deep Water Culture
Hydroponic Drip Systems – Explained
Whew, that was a lot. Hope you Greenies take notes on the videos! Keep it green Greenies and OVERGROW THE WORLD!!!
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