Have you ever seen anything quite like this before? This is called a hydroponic system, and it is a way to grow plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. So, instead of using soil, the root system is supported by rockwool, peat moss, or another medium.
There are many advantages to growing with hydroponics, such as an increased rate of growth. Some sources say that your plant will mature up to 25% faster and produce up to 30% more than the same plant in soil. This is because your plants will not have to work as hard to obtain the same nutrients. Instead of focusing energy on growing a root system, your plant can direct energy towards growing upstairs.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, as with most new gardening methods and technologies, a hydroponic system can be quite pricey. Some of these systems go for $400-$1,000 or more! Never fear, we’re here with an inexpensive solution. With some PVC pipe, a solid tub, and a few other items, you can get the same benefits by making your own system. The best part is, it really isn’t that complicated!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s find out just how to set this up so you can get to growing your favorite veggies all year long!