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Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: New Hydroponics Techniques Featured

New ideas are popping up in the hydroponics community all the time. New ideas are popping up in the hydroponics community all the time.


In this installment of Hydro 101 we’re going to explore some new and different growing techniques in the hydroponics world. Some are newer than others, but a lot of growers are still foreign to these techniques. As you may remember, I recommend beginners start growing in soil, but if you’re ready to make the jump to hydro, or if you’re a hydro grower already, these may be some techniques worth dipping your feet into.

One of the newer techniques catching on all over the world is aquaponics, sometimes also referred to as a re-circulating system. What is aquaponics? It is a new growing method that uses hydroponics and a fish culturing method called aquaculture on a closed-in water system. This growing method is becoming one of the fastest growing trends in the hydro world because of its unique way of growing and feeding your plants.  

Aquaponics is beneficial for your own personal consumption, a healthy all natural way to grow. What makes it unique is the fact that the plants clean the water for the aquatic life in the reservoir. At the same time, the water coming from the reservoir is filled with fish waste, which helps provide the proper nutrients for plants to grow. The plants help the fish while the fish help the plants, make this a great way to feed yourself and your family. Also, with this system, you can ensure that your plants grow free of pesticides and other harsh chemicals.

Another technique that has been around for a long time but is still foreign to many growers is the “deep water culture” system. This technique is ideal for small to medium sized plants. In deep water culture, plant roots are suspended in a nutrient rich solution. The water is kept oxygenated by recirculating through a reservoir.

Deep water culture allows the plant roots to absorb large quantities of oxygen while also allowing the uptake of nutrients. Deep water culture can still work well with larger sized plants, but you have to make sure to space your plants appropriately and not mix different plant varieties that will not grow well together, or overtake another plant’s space.

These techniques can be a little more complicated for the newbie grower, but if you do your research and know what you’re getting into before hand, you can be confident that you can run and maintain any of these techniques. It's also a very "green" way to grow. So get your feet wet and try something new next grow around! Until next time, grow big or go home!!

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