hydroponics setup at home

Hydroponics or Soil for Leafy Greens?

Pounds of LETTUCE from just one shelf!

There are several advantages of growing leafy greens in hydroponics instead of in an outdoor garden. Here are the top 5:

  1. Water efficiency: Hydroponics systems use significantly less water than traditional soil-based gardens, as the water is recirculated through the system and can be reused multiple times. This can be particularly beneficial in areas where water is scarce or expensive.
  2. Faster growth and higher yields: Plants grown in hydroponics systems often grow faster and produce higher yields than those grown in soil. This is because the plants have constant access to water, nutrients, and oxygen, allowing them to grow more efficiently.
  3. Control over growing conditions: With hydroponics, growers have complete control over the growing environment, including the temperature, humidity, and nutrient levels. This can help to optimize plant growth and yield, and can be particularly beneficial in areas where outdoor growing conditions are less favorable.
  4. Reduced use of pesticides and herbicides: Hydroponic systems are often less susceptible to pests and diseases than outdoor gardens, due to the absence of soil-borne pathogens. This can help to reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, making hydroponic produce a more environmentally friendly option.
  5. Year-round production: Hydroponic systems can be operated year-round, regardless of the weather conditions outside. This can be particularly beneficial in areas with long, cold winters or hot, dry summers, where outdoor gardening may be challenging or impossible.

6. Hydroponically-grown lettuce tastes SO MUCH BETTER THAN STORE-BOUGHT LETTUCE!!!

The Joy of Hydroponic Gardening

Every day you can find joy in hydroponic gardening. It’s the joy of watching new seedlings sprout, flourish, and mature into ready-to-harvest plants. And, it’s the satisfaction of being self-sufficient and sustainable, knowing that the food you grow is fresh, healthy, and pesticide-free.

Three hydroponic shelves in our shop

One of the best things about hydroponic gardening is the ability to start new seedlings at any time of the year. Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of summer, you can always propagate new plants and enjoy the thrill of watching them grow. An added bonus? This hydroponic gardener is never too cold or too hot, because my garden is indoors! [Watch the FREE YouTube Series, Get Growing! Hydroponics Training Online on the GlennaTabor YouTube Channel.]

In hydroponics, you can germinate seeds to grow into seedlings to be transplanted into raised beds or other growing containers, you’ll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that you’ve nurtured them every step of the way. Plus, you’ve saved a LOT of money!

Loofah & comfrey seedlings will be transplanted to raised beds in a few weeks.

But hydroponic gardening isn’t just about growing vegetables and herbs. It’s also a great way to propagate fruit trees, like fig trees, for example. By taking cuttings from mature trees and rooting them in a hydroponic system, you can grow new trees that will provide you with fresh, delicious fruit for years to come.

One week from harvesting!

One of the best things about growing things hydroponically, though, is the peace and quiet that comes with it. There are no noisy tractors, no smelly fertilizers, and no invasive weeds. Instead, it’s just you and your plants!

If you’re looking for a way to connect with nature and enjoy the daily joy of growing things, consider hydroponic gardening. It’s self-sufficient, sustainable, satisfying, AND,

the results are YUMMY!!!

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Steps for Starting Seeds at Home in Grow Trays

Steps for Starting Seeds at Home

Disclaimer: After hours & hours studying all the plant experts and much personal experience, I have realized there are NO OFFICIAL STEPS for starting your seeds at home! I’m simply going to share the way to start seeds that has repeatedly worked best for me. I use grow trays with domes & a plant heat mat.

One of the best ways to ensure that your plants have a healthy beginning is by germinating seeds in grow trays with domes. This method is especially useful for my favorite kind of gardening– hydroponic gardening!  Hydroponics is a soil-less growing technique that relies on nutrient-rich water instead.

First, let’s talk about grow trays. These trays are often made of plastic and come in various sizes. They’re designed to hold soil or hydroponic growing media and are perfect for starting seedlings. One of the benefits of using grow trays is that they allow you to start multiple plants at once, making the most of the available space. I like the reusable, 12-space grow trays because they are easier to manipulate.

Now, let’s talk about domes. Domes are plastic covers that fit over the top of your grow trays. They’re designed to create a humid environment, which is perfect for seed germination. The humid environment helps to retain moisture and warmth, which encourages the seeds to sprout. Placing the grow tray with moist seeding media and seeds on a plant heat mat speeds up the germination process.

Subscribe to my Hydro4Food Newsletter & I’ll send you a link for a downloadable FREE guide, “Steps for Starting Seeds at Home.” Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, give grow trays and domes a try. Your plants will thank you for it!

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