Hydrogrow is a community interest start-up reinventing the way you grow herbs from the comfort of your home. Our vision is to make growing fresh produce easier and more affordable for all. By utilizing hydroponic technology and 100% recycled materials, we have created The Halo to do just that. On our mission to re-educate and empower the public to #growyourown, we are taking a deep dive into what hydroponics can offer us as a eco-friendly solution for the future of agriculture.
So... what exactly is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is the science of growing plants without using soil, by feeding them on mineral nutrient salts dissolved in water. The term "Hydroponics" is derived from the Latin word meaning “working water.” In the absence of soil, this technology works by using water to provide nutrients, hydration, and oxygen to sustain plant life. A hydroponic system feeds nutrients straight to your plants without the need for nutrient-rich soil. While traditional soil is an efficient source of nutrients, it's also an abundant source of pests, soil-borne disease, and potentially harmful temperature fluctuations. Hydroponics removes these traditional gardening concerns while offering the same array of fresh produce.
What are the benefits?
There are myriad benefits associated with hydroponics, the greatest being its capacity to save global water usage while yielding faster growing times!
This next gen agriculture technique has the capacity to save between 70-90% more water than soil, as water is recirculated and reused instead of being allowed to run off as production waste. It has also been found that hydroponic crops may yield up to 3 times of that attained by traditional gardening methods. For nutritional value, hydroponic vegetables may contain up to 50% more A, B, C and E vitamins than conventional crops.
For the average sized-hydroponic garden, it only requires you replace the water once every 2 to 3 weeks, although for smaller gardens the interval may be smaller. This is great bonus for the average gardener using hydroponic tech at home, as this means less time spend on maintenance and grooming for your plants. Fortunately, even urbanites in studio lofts can grow using hydroponic systems, as they take up 90% less space than a soil plot.
With a lower cost of production and higher yield, hydroponics provides an eco-friendly gardening solution for city dwellers and farmers alike.
To conclude, hydroponics offer an abundance of benefits to nascent and experienced gardeners. We at Hydrogrow are on a mission to make growing fresh produce at home the easiest and most eco-friendly process it can be, so why not try it out for yourself using our Halo.