Posted by Rebecca Sandvig on 19th Jan 2017
What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a gardening technique where plants are placed in nutrient-enriched water. There are many different variations of hydroponic gardening, however the most basic versions include plants being grown in an inert growing medium such as gravel, sand or vermiculite, and a perfectly balanced pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. Once the nutrients in the water are used up, it is recycled or additional nutrients are added to it.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a gardening technique that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics. Aquaponics enables the sustainable production of fish and plants in a recirculating system. Bacteria that grows in the system breaks down the fish waste transforming waste to plant food, and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.
What are the benefits of Hydro/Aquaponic gardening?
How to get started
There are several options to get started on your hydroponics or aquaponics system, you can either:
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