A garden is a small area of land on which plants such as vegetables and ornamental plants are planted. In the time past, gardens have been known to be an outdoor mode of planting. However, recent strides in agricultural technology have brought gardening into our homes. This gave birth to other forms of urban planting such as hydroponic gardening, aside from the conventional geoponics; growing of plants with the use of soil as growth medium.

Hydroponic gardening is a system of gardening which involves the use of water or nutrient mix as growth medium. If you needed to construct an indoor garden, a brief insight of this system would give you an idea of what to expect.

Benefits of Indoor Hydroponic Gardening

Optimal absorption of nutrients is certain:

Probably the biggest benefit to a hydroponic system is the availability and absorption of nutrients in comparison to traditional means of planting. The absorption of nutrients in the natural way is by exchangeable acidity of the nutrients and the root hairs. However, there is usually poor absorption because the optimal electronic conductivity which plants absorb nutrients, and the plant’s roots might be unable to grow deep enough to gain access to these nutrients. In hydroponic cultivation, physiochemical properties such as pH, Electronic conductivity and total dissolved solid are monitored to ensure they are kept at their most favorable levels for the veggies and fruits. Also, since plants are kept in direct contact with the nutrients by immersing their roots wholly in the mix, there are definitely higher chances for better absorption since the nutrients are readily available. 

Control of climatic conditions:

Hydroponics enables the proper control of climatic conditions for optimal growth of plants. This system utilizes the use of grow tents. Grow tents serve as the green house climate for the garden. There are technologies such as climatic controllers which are put in place to monitor and maintain parameters such as humidity and temperature. In this system, your veggies grow at stable conditions in contrast to the harsh climatic conditions poised by the real world. In essence, your plants live in a virtual or rather perfect world. Hence, they thrive much better.

Lighting is also a huge element which can now be controlled in an indoor garden.  Indoor gardeners can mimic the seasons by simply controlling how many hours of light their plants get.  The best lighting choice for indoor gardens is LED lights.  LED lights give off minimal heat and use very little electricity compared to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. 

Controlled Ventilation:

Unlike the outdoor system, the indoor hydroponics system can be mounted with air ducts, ventilation ducts, odor remover, fans and blowers. These ventilation channels enable proper and controlled influx of air and remove or eliminate odor due to breakdown of nutrients in the hydroponics mix.

Controlling ventilation also allows the gardner to control the humidity and temperature in the grow room.  In places with true seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall), indoor grow rooms can keep you gardening during the winter months.  Certain types of plants also require certain climatic features.  

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