Gardening is a beneficial hobby, and you can put food on the table to keep the green fingers busy. A hydroponic garden can produce beautiful yields of your favorite fruits and vegetables throughout the year, and even have a more positive impact on the environment. The environmental benefits of hydroponic gardens are very rich, and at the same time, you can harvest fruits and vegetables that are as healthy as those grown in the soil.
Since your plants will always be inside, there is very little demand for dangerous pesticides. Pesticides in the soil garden will leach into the soil and may pollute your water supply, or worse, the nearby natural water bodies will also be polluted. If you need to use pesticides in the hydroponic garden, you will need fewer pesticides and its effects will only remain in the garden. Harsh insecticides outside may pose a danger to beneficial pests and animals, which pollinate plants and other plants (such as bees).
You don’t need to use herbicides in your hydroponic garden, otherwise it will have a particularly harmful effect on your health and the environment. Since you control the growth medium and seeds in the hydroponic garden, weeds should never be a factor.
Although the name "hydroponic garden" seems to imply that it uses more water than a soil garden, this is not the case! The hydroponic garden can hold one gallon of water and nutrients at a time, but the same water mixture is often reused
. The hydroponic system efficiently uses water through a dropper that can provide water where the plant needs it (starting from the root). Hydroponic plants can drink the water they need, and the rest flows back into the basin below to circulate through the system again.
In a soil garden, the water provided to plants may sink in unused soil. Once the water disappears, it disappears. The roots are also easily submerged by too much water, which can lead to mold or disease. The water used to quench plants can also erode the topsoil. Mulch can help solve moisture problems in outdoor gardens, but will attract more pests and increase the risk of mold.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables not only saves you money in the grocery store, but it also reduces your carbon footprint. Being able to grow the same things throughout the year in the hydroponic garden ensures that you no longer often need to buy agricultural products that are transported using fossil fuels to buy vegetables. In addition, you can avoid agricultural products from farms that use chemicals that are harmful to the environment and therefore cannot grow food.
This is usually one of the environmental benefits of hydroponic gardens, but the ability to have your own food throughout the year improves your independence, and even in winter, you can reduce your dependence on the grocery store.