What You Need To Know.
First things first have you noticed how expensive fresh herbs are at the grocery store? Well I have and yes I could settle for dried herbs but I can taste the difference, and we shouldn’t have settle for any less due to the price should we? It’s that little touch of love I like to add to my favorite dishes. And boy do I have a solution for you, now bare with me, it’s not so complicated to grow herbs hydroponically and I’ll guide you the whole way and don’t forget the links at the bottom of the page. Whether you have experience in hydroponics or starting out I’m sure you will some questions about growing herbs hydroponically. I’m here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that I once sought the answer to.
What’s Hydroponics You May Ask?
If you’re new to hydroponics I’ll give in layman’s terms, to grow plants without soil, instead placing the plant’s roots in liquid nutrient. Put simply it’s the soilless growth of plants. You can grow flowers, fruits, vegetables in pots placed in trays, hanging or as runners (similar to vines). Basically, you put your plant in a pot with the roots exposed (no soil) and allow the roots to sit in a solution, instead of soil it’s normal to use a medium like Rockwool to keep the plant moist and insulated. Now let’s get into the specifics.
What’s The Best Method To Grow Hydroponic Herbs?
Now for those who want to skip the Ins and Outs of gardening, tune out here and head straight to this site which offers ready to go hydroponic systems anywhere from using an old recycled wine bottle (pretty cool), to mini inside kits to fish tank/hydroponic herb garden.
Now for all the DIY nuts out there, don’t fret I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll give you the best DIY guide I have found in the next subheading; I’ll just give you some quick background. The most common and many would say the best method for growing hydroponic herbs is the Ebb and Flow system, this is used in ready to go hydroponic herb gardens and in my featured DIY guide. What’s this? This is in very basic terms it’s having a separate water source (nutrient reservoir), where water is pumped into a water tank where the pots sit and drained back out. Don’t freak out thinking how do I pump water in and out and when the pumps are on a timer. Problem solved. Now for some DIY.
What Conditions And Nutrients Do I Need To Grow My Hydroponic Herbs Once Everything Is Set Up?
Depending on what you grow hydroponically generally will have its own set of environment and nutrients. Hopefully, you’re lucky geographically and won’t need much to alter your growing area, herbs are pretty resilient generally and need a constant light source (all you need is a lamp). Some herbs are better suited in a garden that grows specific fruits, vegetables, and flowers. E.g. hydroponic basil works well being planted near tomatoes, peppers, oregano, asparagus, and petunias and it deters pests! Now I may as well continue with growing basil hydroponically as an example, another reason this herb is my favourite is that it grows at a very wide pH range 5.1-8.5.
Now let’s talk nutrients for your water reservoir, back to my featured DIY website which includes all you need to know about fertilizer for your hydroponic herb garden. If you’re new to hydroponics fertilizers come in liquid or dissolvable salts. They also come in stage-specific packs (usually 3) or a standard all in one. The most popular fertilizer hands down in the stage-specific liquid fertilizer by General hydroponics. Stage-specific sounds confusing but it’s really not. It makes sense, as your hydroponic herb garden grows it needs different nutrients. It’s as simple as that, and it comes at a very reasonable price. Going for around 20 bucks from your local gardening store.
Until recently, hydroponics – or the practice of growing plants in water instead of soil – were largely known to two industries: that of large-scale produce farming, and large-scale marijuana farming.
It’s a way of gardening that relies on science and measurements rather than instinct and trial and error; it’s a means to an end rather than a perambulating joy that comes with losing hours pottering around with plants. And, as both kinds of farmers know, it works: or at least it does when the levels of water, light and nutrients are correct.
But in the last few years hydroponics have been creeping into people’s homes. Pimped-up gardening trays with LED lamps and complicated watering systems appear in homes on Instagram, people share tips and post questions on Reddit.com/r/hydro, the section of the sprawling online forum dedicated to the hobby.