If you're in the farming business or simply love growing plants, you will be pleased to learn that these are exciting times for the farming industry. Growing crops is no longer limited to season or climate; if you want to, you can simply grow crops in your backyard in a type of hydroculture farming method known as hydroponics.
As a subset of hydroculture, hydroponics is the growing of plants or crops in an aquatic based environment or in an environment that has low amounts of soil. The hydroponic farming method uses mineral nutrient solutions to provide plants with the nutrients they need without the use of soil.
In normal farming, soil acts as a reservoir to plants, providing them with nutrients. So, when the water supplied to the plants in hydroponics already contains organic material necessary for proper plant growth, the use of soil for growing plants becomes unnecessary.
Advantages of hydroponic systems
There are several advantages of hydroponic systems, which are not limited by crop diseases or even drought. These advantages include:
Stable Production Rate
Every year and every season is literally a growing and harvesting period for those in hydroponic farming. Hydroponic farms have a steady production rate, because the crops are grown in a controlled and closed environment; so they are not affected by changes in temperature or moisture.
Hydroponic farming accelerates the growth of plants (quicker farming); therefore, the crops can at times be harvested faster than in the traditional farming methods. Quicker farming means that the current market demand for crops can be sustained, and that the farming area can be used to grow a new bunch of crops.
When compared to traditional farming methods, the hydroponic type of farming uses less water. This is because the water used in farming crops is reutilized in the hydroponic environment. When you are farming for business, this type of farming will reduce your water expenses; and the cash you save may be used to acquire seeds or more space.
Other advantages of hydroponics are that they require less space to grow in, they eliminate the possibility of soil-borne diseases, and they use less nutrient matter, thus eliminating the flow of fertilizers into the oceans.
Hydroponics offers numerous advantages to the modern farmer who has limited resources such as land. Moreover, you get to grow and harvest your crops throughout the year.