Hydroponic farming is becoming very popular these days. The ability to grow your own foods without having large farms and without depending on the several natural factors is certainly a boon for millions of people around the world who are entirely dependent on the supply of foods and end up paying quite waveringly throughout the year.
Hydroponic farming is a practice that is based on hydroponics, which is a subset of hydro-culture. The term hydroponic means water culture. The concept was first illustrated by Francis Bacon and later by John Woodward.
Hydroponic farming is also known as hydroponic gardening because you can convert your garden or even your backyard into a farm. The basic concept of organic hydroponics is quite simple. It basically says that crops, be it fruits or vegetables among others, can be grown without any soil if one can ensure a steady supply of nutrition in a timely manner along with water. It is well known that water is the most important and the largest constituent of any form of life. Thus, water itself is the biggest contributor or facilitator of growth of crops or all kinds of produce. Hydroponic farming thus uses this wondrous attribute of water and then uses various forms of organic nutrition for the crops to eventually grow them to their natural size, form and weight.
Hydroponic gardening is a great alternative to conventional agriculture. The first reason for that is the lack of dependence on large tracts of land. Hydroponic gardening doesn’t require soil hence the same area can be used for multiple rows of produce by layering a whole area vertically. Also, the entire ambience is completely controlled. Organic hydroponics is more efficient because of this controlled ambience. The weather, temperature and even moisture are controlled within the setup of hydroponic gardening. Since the setup is controlled, the crops, fruits or vegetables are not prone to pest and insect infestation. This adds further value and safety to the crops being produced.
There are numerous benefits of hydroponic farming. Every household with a sizeable garden or backyard can convert the space to a real farm with the help of organic hydroponics. Not only is self sustainability ensured with hydroponic farming but any family can produce enough crops, fruits or vegetables that there would be surplus to be sold in the market. The only challenge is to have the ideal setup and to be completely aware of the specific foods being produced.