Look: Hydroponic Gardening

Look: Hydroponic Gardening

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 22, 2008

While it would be lovely to getaway in your very own private backyard garden retreat, not everyone has the luxury of an available outdoor space for planting. Not everyone has the luxury of continuous sunshine either! Luckily, a lack of a yard doesn't mean you can't enjoy a beautiful garden...

Hydroponics certainly isn't a new concept (there's evidence that ancient civilizations experimented with it), but the idea of a soil-free way to garden indoors is an idea worth revisiting. Basically, hydroponics is the method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions rather than soil.

The advantages of hydroponic gardening are impressive. According to some experts, soil-free gardening means no soil-born diseases, soil loving pests or weeding. Hydroponic gardening also tends to give quicker harvests and higher plant yields. While some might be turned away by hydroponic gardening because of the amount of equipment (and know-how) involved, the ability to grow your own herb or plant garden in a small house or apartment might be the incentive to investigate this cool gardening method!

In Austin, there are several hydroponic supply store locations to help anyone looking to learn more about hydroponic gardening.

Are there any AT readers that are avid hydroponic gardeners and have any advice for beginners? Please share your tips!

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