Hydroponic Herb Growing is one of the easiest ways of keeping fresh vegetation in your kitchen throughout the year. It requires minimal effort once it has been set up and it will save you tons of money in comparison to those expensive fresh goods you find at your local market.
Hydroponic herb growing is not a new concept. The fact is that it began thousands of years ago in the ancient gardens where they grew herbs for their healing powers. This concept evolved over the years and is now widely used by large companies as well as the everyday household.
Setting up your garden
There are many different ways in which you can set up your garden, but the important thing is that you have the basic set up tools. You will need to start out with a space to grow the herbs, two boxes or other containment areas one a bit smaller than the other, pvc piping, a medium in which to grow your plants, fertilizer, plants, and plenty of water.
You will need to drill some holes into the smaller of your two containment areas and set the small pan into the larger one. This will allow for root growth as the plants get larger. Cut small lengths of the piping into each of the holes and then cover them with your growth medium. If you don’t have access to the medium you can use such things as moss or pebbles in replacement, but the medium will offer the most sterile of growing environments.
Now you can mix up a solution of nutrient rich fertilizer and water. Be sure to mix thoroughly so that it is free of clumping. Pour all of it over the pan ensuring that it goes down into each of the holes and piping. Now you are ready to plant your herbs.
The plants will need to be carefully rinsed of any dirt that might have accumulated around the roots. Using a small dish pan and soaking the roots is the best way to prevent any harm to the delicate roots. Use a dry cloth to wipe away any water and gently set the plants down into the piping. Your garden now awaits your care.
Tips on caring for your garden
Once you are finished with the set up you will want to find a well lit area to set it in. Be sure not to put it near any heating vents as it requires a cooler environment in which to grow. If you have found your house to be too warm and dry you can purchase a cool air humidifier to set nearby. For additional lighting you can buy a plant light at your local home and garden center.
A garden can be a wonderful addition to any home, and hydroponic herb growing is the best way to maintain one directly in your home. It is a great way to add flavour to your home cooking and many of the herbs will add a fabulous smell throughout the house. It is an easy and inexpensive means for providing your family with those special touches that they deserve.