Growing your own food is a fantastic way to boost your health and help the environment. Science has shown time and time again that gardening has immense benefits for your physical and mental health.
Plus, by growing your own produce you help reduce the environmental impact of large-scale, corporate farming operations. This includes pesticide application, pollution, and soil degradation.
However, not everyone has sufficient space to set up a garden. Especially for people living in city apartments, gardening has seemed far out of reach.
Hydroponics has changed the game. You can set up a hydroponic garden even in a tiny flat, and still have significant yields.
Here are three major benefits of hydroponic gardening for both your health and the environment.
Stress-Free Gardening Through Environmental Control
To begin with, hydroponic gardening allows you to enjoy the benefits of gardening without the stress that can come with traditional systems.
That’s because a hydroponic setup allows you to create the perfect environment to grow your plants. You control temperature, humidity, air circulation, and CO2 concentration.
With modern-day LED lighting systems, you can even set the exact light spectrum that your plants use to photosynthesize – also known as the photosynthetically active radiation, or PAR.
The best thing, though, is that most of this can be automated. That means that you don’t have to constantly check up on your garden. If you want to go away spontaneously for a few days, you can do so without having to find someone to look after your plants.
Optimal Conditions Guarantee Constant Quality and Quantity
A second major benefit of hydroponic gardening is that you can guarantee optimal conditions for whichever plant you want to grow – whether it’s baby spinach or strawberries.
As a result, you’ll get a constant yield and can regularly factor your hydroponic produce into your everyday diet. No matter what the weather conditions are like outside – even in the dead of winter.
Perfect growing conditions also mean that the quality of your harvest will remain constant – vitamin-packed and healthy.
Fine-Tuned Feeding Systems Minimize Resource Use
Finally, the biggest upside of hydroponic gardening from an environmental point of view is that it uses a minimal amount of resources in comparison to traditional agricultural production.
You can cut out pesticides and large-scale soil degradation. Plus, even the amount of fertilizer that you need is reduced significantly.
Hydroponic feeding techniques allow you to interject nutrients intravenously – directly into your plants’ root zones. Not only does this mean that your plants will be healthier. It also prevents nutrients from contaminating water bodies and groundwater.
Hydroponic gardening offers numerous benefits for both the environment and your own mental and physical health.
In fact, hydroponics is a universe unto itself, with countless nuances and variations.
Progrow, a UK based hydroponics specialist, explains: “Most people think of hydroponics as strictly hydro grows (NFT – nutrient film technique, DWC – deep water culture etc.) where water is the growing medium instead of using a substrate, but due to modern advances in potting aeration methods, you can achieve similar results using hydroponic nutrient delivery techniques, but with a more robust substrate such as coco coir, or even soil.”