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Hydroponic System DiagramFour Primary Hydroponic Growing Methods

In a soil garden, plants are rooted in the soil and draw nutrients from it. In hydroponics, a nutrient rich solution is fed directly to the plant roots. In some hydroponic growing systems an inert growing medium, such as perlite, rockwool or expanded clay pebbles is used in place of soil. These growing mediums are porous and absorb the nutrient solution, allowing the plants to use it as needed.

In other hydroponic systems, like the NFT system, no growing medium is used and the plant roots are suspended in a grow channel.

The four most common methods of hydroponic gardening include

I think that we can all remember the feeling of eager anticipation a childhood Christmas morning. The rush to the packages. The tearing of paper. The elation of seeing that one incredible toy you had coveted for the preceding 12 months, lying there before you. The utter devastation brought on by three small, heartbreaking words-“Batteries. Not. Included.”

The day your new hydroponics kit arrives is much like Christmas, regardless of the time of year. The same devastation can arrive with your kit as arrived with that awesome batteryless toy on that long ago Christmas morning, if you haven’t done your homework!

The key to a happy day and a quick start to your hydroponics growing is to make sure that the kit you decide on is complete. A complete kit will include the following equipment: lighting, reservoir, pump, growing chamber or tray, delivery system, and a timer. It will also include your nutrients, growing media, mesh pots, and possibly a means of testing pH. Read the description carefully, ask your vendor questions, and make sure that all these components arrive at your home at about the same time to avoid the anxiety of needing “one more part!” before starting your system up.

Before you even order your system there are several things to consider. The list runs something like this- “What do you want to grow? How much do you want to grow? How much space do you have available? How much do you have to spend on the project? How much time do you have to spend operating and maintaining your system?”

The answers to this first list of questions will lead you to another set, but fear not! The answers to the first questions will inform some of the answers to the next questions. The round two questions will run like this- “What kind of lighting will I use? What kind of venting and heat dissipation will be required? What type of system will I use? What growing media will I use? What nutrients will I need?”

In my case, I want to grow vegetables, salad greens, and herbs. I am not a sport fisherman, although I don’t frown upon it. I fish to eat, and to me, flowers and ornamentals are like catch and release gardening (please don’t tell my wife I said that!). I want a maximum yield in a minimum space with little in the way of maintenance and operating time. So I am going to look at an ebb and flow system with High Intensity Discharge lighting capable of using both High Pressure sodium and Metal Halide bulbs. This lighting scheme provides the flexibility to maximize growth at both vegetative and fruiting stages, while the ebb and flow system is simple to operate and low on maintenance. Remember though, there are other lighting options and there are at least five other types of hydroponics systems.

Your needs may be different than mine, so be sure to do your homework ahead of time. With a little planning and research, the day your kit arrives can be the day your system goes into operation. Just don’t forget the batteries!

Listed below are some of the common kits available to get you started.

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Hydroponics Drip Growing System 5 Sites Dutch Buckets w/Lids + Submerged Pump picture

Hydroponics Drip Growing System 5 Sites Dutch Buckets w/Lids + Submerged Pump

$120.37



4 Bucket 5 Gal DWC Hydroponic Grow System w/ Top Drip Kit Planter + Air Pump 15W picture

4 Bucket 5 Gal DWC Hydroponic Grow System w/ Top Drip Kit Planter + Air Pump 15W

$117.15



Hydroponics Growing System 12 pods Indoor Garden 30W Full Spectrum Light Timer picture

Hydroponics Growing System 12 pods Indoor Garden 30W Full Spectrum Light Timer

$44.99



20 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Timer with LED Grow Light Indoor Herb Garden picture

20 Pods Hydroponics Growing System Timer with LED Grow Light Indoor Herb Garden

$39.99



Hydroponic Indoor Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Garden Supplies picture

Hydroponic Indoor Hydroponics Growing System Indoor Garden Supplies

$19.33



California Light Works Solar System 24W UVB Supplemental Light picture

California Light Works Solar System 24W UVB Supplemental Light

$60.00



Hydroponics Seedling & Cloning System Aeroponic Propagation Kit 8 Plant Sites PP picture

Hydroponics Seedling & Cloning System Aeroponic Propagation Kit 8 Plant Sites PP

$46.44



Hydroponic System Growing Kit 8 Site Self Watering Indoor DWC Hydroponic System picture

Hydroponic System Growing Kit 8 Site Self Watering Indoor DWC Hydroponic System

$34.99



AeroGarden Harvest 6 Pod Home Garden System White Open Box picture

AeroGarden Harvest 6 Pod Home Garden System White Open Box

$28.00



VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 54 Plant Sites 3 Layers 6 Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Grow Kit Hydroponics System 54 Plant Sites 3 Layers 6 Pipes

$59.99



VEVOR Hydroponics Growing System 36 Sites 4-Layer Hydroponic Grow Kit PVC Pipes picture

VEVOR Hydroponics Growing System 36 Sites 4-Layer Hydroponic Grow Kit PVC Pipes

$59.99



DWC Hydroponic Grow System - Two Complete 5 Gallon Systems Including Nutrients picture

DWC Hydroponic Grow System - Two Complete 5 Gallon Systems Including Nutrients

$109.50



Grow Lights Xtrasun / Hydrofarm - XTDE1TH-DE Lighting System 1000W, 240V picture

Grow Lights Xtrasun / Hydrofarm - XTDE1TH-DE Lighting System 1000W, 240V

$150.00



1000W HPS Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube w/Bulb and Digital Ballast SunSystems picture

1000W HPS Grow Light System Kit Cool Tube w/Bulb and Digital Ballast SunSystems

$120.00



The Hydro Tower® Hydroponic Tower with Integrated Lighting and Watering Systems picture

The Hydro Tower® Hydroponic Tower with Integrated Lighting and Watering Systems

$259.99



60 Pots Hydroponics Tower Set Hydroponic Growing System Indoor Outdoor Grow Kit picture

60 Pots Hydroponics Tower Set Hydroponic Growing System Indoor Outdoor Grow Kit

$111.86



Hydroponics Growing System,TURBO SII 8 Pods Indoor Herb Garden with LED picture

Hydroponics Growing System,TURBO SII 8 Pods Indoor Herb Garden with LED

$32.00



VEVOR Hydroponic Site Grow Kit Hydroponics System 108Plant Sites 3Layers w/Timer picture

VEVOR Hydroponic Site Grow Kit Hydroponics System 108Plant Sites 3Layers w/Timer

$79.99



Can-Fan Can-Lite Active Carbon Filter 8

Can-Fan Can-Lite Active Carbon Filter 8" 1000 CFM

$219.00



Sun System LEC 315 Flower Power Grow 200-240V, 1.4-1.8A, 4200K picture

Sun System LEC 315 Flower Power Grow 200-240V, 1.4-1.8A, 4200K

$339.99