Hydroponic gardening is a method of gardening without soil and receive the nutrients that they need to thrive through a source of water. Soilless media is used in some of the different techniques of this type of gardening. These medias can be of sand, gravel or perlite. The medias main purpose is for support or stability of the plants.
It is a very efficient, healthy and productive method of growing crops. There are a few techniques that can be used when choosing this method of gardening and they all have there own unique purpose. Some of these most common techniques are aeroponics, the ebb and flow system, nutrient film technique, drip system, and the wick system.
Hydroponic gardening is a method that can be done at any scale and the systems can be commercially purchased or you can build your own homemade system to fit your personal needs. There are systems for large commercial agricultural needs to sizes that will work for the urban gardener and if you live in an apartment there are even systems that will work there too.
This unique method of gardening not only is a healthy and beneficial way to grow your crops, but is also a great way to learn about the needs of the plants you are growing. Just as organic gardening is a method of gardening that you work in harmony with nature, hydroponics is a method of gardening that you work in harmony with the plants your are growing and understanding there needs.