Here the truth…
Growing vegetables in order to survive when the rest of the world is faced with food shortages comes natural if you have the means to do it…
Will you just starve to death or will you try to find something, anything that will help you survive?
The truth is that in the past, the Babylonians didn’t need to worry about the quality of their soil, since they set up massive hydroponic gardens in order to grow various plants.
1. The benefits of hydroponic gardens
The point of these gardens is to allow plants to get all the nutrients they need without having to worry about any pollutants. Therefore, if you live close to an industrial plant that dumps toxic substances into the local water supply or maybe near a coal mine, the quality of the soil is definitely not good since it contains too many toxins that prevent your plants from thriving. But you know what? Plants do love to be in a hydroponic environment and if you didn’t know, common kitchen herbs and vegetables grow between thirty to fifty percent faster in a hydroponic setting that is properly maintained.
So if you find yourself in the position of having to provide for your family and you have a decent amount of seeds, then the next logical step would be to consider investing in a hydroponic garden. Not only is it easier to protect compared to growing in soil, but it’s also cleaner, safer and faster to grow vegetables this way.
2. What do you need for your hydroponic garden?
If you consider the most basic of hydroponic garden projects, you’ll need an air pump, some nutrient powder, a container for the water and lastly, something solid that the plants will easily be able to hold onto.
The fact that you don’t need a specific environment in order to set up a hydroponic garden. You can keep it either inside your house or outside.
For example, the benefits of having a hydroponic garden outside your house include plenty of natural sunlight and a much lower chance of contamination with fungus or other similar diseases. When the weather gets bad and you don’t want your hydroponic garden to be affected, all you need to do is carry the plants inside and that will be it.
Even better, how about you consider a half and half approach? What this means is that during early fall, summer and spring you will leave the plants outside and before the first hard freeze you’ll take them indoors and keep them inside until winter is over. However, it seems that most people who are very serious about growing vegetables will keep their hydroponic garden indoors.
Well, when you control the environment, you’ll be able to protect the vegetables from a lot of the dangers they would otherwise be exposed to when left outside (such as pollen and soil based diseases).
As for when you decide to set up your hydroponic garden, there are three important things you need to keep in mind, including the levels of carbon dioxide, humidity and of course, the temperature. All of these factors need to be maintained at a certain level so that your plants can grow healthy.
3. The importance of using the right nutrients
You know that when you plant vegetables in the soil, they will get their nutrients from it, but since you’ll have them indoors, you need to provide the nutrients yourself. For example, dry nutrients are much more affordable compared to their liquid counterparts, but this is just my personal experience. There is a debate between the efficiency of liquid and dry nutrients, with some people swearing that dry nutrients are the best, while others saying that liquid nutrients allow your plants to grow much faster and healthier. I think that you should try both and see what results you get and based on them, choose whether you’ll continue using one in favor of the other.
One thing to keep in mind though is that liquid nutrients are much easier to use, since all you need to do is pour the right quantity and then walk away. On the other hand, dry nutrients need careful mixing. If I may, you can look at this as taking pictures with your camera using the zoom in auto mode and taking pictures while using the zoom in manual mode.
4. Dehumidifiers and why you need them
Dehumidifiers are generally very affordable and you’ll be able to find them in many online stores. These are basically the same ones that are used in humid and coastal parts of the country and unless you want them to come with special features such as carbon dioxide monitoring, you won’t need to worry about them poking your wallet. It’s good to know that if the humidity is between seventy five to eighty five percent, then your plants won’t have an easy time breathing. And when you think about it for a second, what you’re doing is that you fill a room with tubs of water and then you go ahead and pump O2 into it, which means that using a dehumidifier can help you a lot with keeping the air moist and not swampy.
5. Temperature control
Okay, so we’ve seen that air humidity is very important for your plants to be able to grow healthy, but what about the temperature of the room?
Well, depending on what you’re trying to grow, there are many types of space heaters you can use and they’ll help you maintain a specific temperature for whatever it is that you’re growing.
6. What should you invest in?
My personal advice is that you don’t feel pressured to spend a few thousand dollars on a custom system. Start small and see how it goes, learn what and how you need to do it in order for your plants to thrive and after that you can go ahead and invest in a bigger hydroponic garden.
Having a hydroponic garden is one of the best ways for you to grow healthy and pesticide free vegetables for you and your family. In times of crisis such as food shortages or natural disasters, you won’t depend on the local supermarkets which will be empty anyway, because you have the means to produce your own natural and healthy food.
And you know what?
It’s this advantage that makes the biggest difference in emergency situations.
How Do You Know If You Are Doing Hydroponic Gardening The Right Way?
You don’t need to spend a lot of money…
We usually begin with the minimum tools needed.
If you want to grow all the food you can eat, you just need the proper environment…check out our step-by-step Ultimate Guide To Hydroponic Gardening