Growing indoor gardens can be a rewarding experience. For those green thumbs who want to get outside, the climate of Michigan mocks them and their efforts. The long, cold winters are too long, and the growing season is too short to create a meaningful amount of plant growth. This is true, especially for those who want to create a vegetable and herb garden to grow their own food.
Hydroponics offers the solution to the problem by creating a simple and effective way to cultivate any type of crop indoors. These are a few of the set-ups and the equipment needed for hydroponics in Macomb County.
This simple system has the plants suspended over water and nutrient solution tanks. The plants have a wick attached to their roots that is lowered into the solution. Basically, all that’s required for this set up is an opaque container, such as a storage container, and twine or cotton string for the roots. The plants can wick up as much water or nutrients as they need, and the water tank can be monitored and tested for the correct amount of nutrients. It’s the simplest way to set up a small hydroponics system in the home. It doesn’t allow for water flow, so the solution needs to be examined and measured for bacteria and algae.
Gutters and Pipes
In this system that doesn’t require floor space, a series of descending sloped pipes are cut in half lengthways and mounted to the wall. There is a pump attached to the system that carries water up to the top of the piping and allows it to run down through the network. Each pipe is lined with absorptive matting and the plants are affixed to the mats. It’s a self-managing system that ensures that the water passing over the plants is always fresh and doesn’t get a chance to grow stagnant.
For a larger system that can be automated, this offers a good alternative to outdoor plant growths. Two opaque containers are used so that light cannot enter the system and allow extra growth. Water passes continually from one tank to the next. Plants are embedded into shallow ruts of gravel or sand. The water level always passes through the loose gravel or sand. The particles allow enough space for the solution to flow through without remaining in one place. It requires a pump and some knowledge of setting up timers and automated flows.
This is the most time-consuming method, but also the most productive. Each plant has a dedicated dripper line to feed them water and nutrients. A drip tray beneath the plants recirculates the water back into the system. Plants can be individually monitored as well as shifted for better results.
Hydroponics in Macomb County is just about the only way to achieve a great garden and good food crops. It sustains and grows each crop with efficiency and exactness. Hydroponics has an easy learning curve and it also happens to be a fun way to get involved in gardening and growing food.