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Hydroponics and Aquaponics
What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is the growing of plants in a soil free medium, or an aquatic based environment. With Hydroponic growing plants are grown without soil just using water rich in minerals and nutrients.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals, and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil.
The advantages of soil-less farming are clear, by being able to provide the perfect feeding program to the plant with the least amount of wasted nutrients and water by way of runoff, which in some situations can be up to 80%!
Hydroponic techniques have only relatively recently been employed as a viable food and flower production solution by commercial and hobby growers alike.
With faster cropping times and more weight when harvested, it’s hard to understand why more hydroponic techniques are not employed by more conventional everyday gardeners.