Monday, January 19, 2009

Take Your Indoor Gardening to the Next Level With a Hydroponic Greenhouse

Gardeners that grow in soil as well as hydroponically, would benefit greatly by using a greenhouse. A greenhouse has the same advantages for either, generally speaking. However, hydroponic gardening is especially well suited for a greenhouse setting, since temperature, airflow and light are more easily controlled.

Welsh onions, peas, strawberries, plus other plants grow quite well in a hydroponic greenhouse. Orchids and other flowers will thrive well inside a greenhouse garden.

Hydroponic gardeners find controlling light to be particularly challenging. Growth of algae can become a problem since the plant is in water instead of soil. To solve this, you can control how much light reaches the water, something that is simple to do in a greenhouse.

Of course plants grown hydroponically need lots of light in order to thrive, just like those grown using soil. You will not get more light in a greenhouse than you would outdoors. Because the light is filtered and diffused within the greenhouse, the grower is able to provide a more warm and consistent light for growing. The plants are shielded from reduced temperatures, yet given plenty of sun.

In winter, you will get low temperatures in northern climates of course, but the sun will be be full for several hours. Be sure that your greenhouse has a translucent polycarbonate wall as it will keep the ideal temperatures for growing plants inside even while it is cold outside.

You can install vents and fans to keep the inside of your greenhouse from getting too hot; hydroponically grown plants do need a consistent temperature, just as soil grown plants do.

Using a greenhouse opens up many opportunities to make the best of your garden. If you don't have a greenhouse, then your only choice may be inside your home – something which is not a possibility for everyone.

Unlike growing in your home, a greenhouse has significantly better light and watering setups. Not many homeowners have the space to have high pressure sodium lights or LED grow light panels installed for their vegetables, or the option of running irrigation systems through their guestrooms!

With a greenhouse, the systems can be moved where they are best for the plants, making gardening easier for you. This is especially important for hydroponic gardeners, since the water and light are far more important than in soil gardening – a soil garden is typically much better at being self-regulated in this regard.

A feeding system must be in place in order for your plants to thrive and it is easier to install such a system in a greenhouse. With good soil, plants can gain most of the nutrients they need easily. Conversly, the keeper of a hydroponic garden must account for the delivery of all of these nutrients by other means.

You will also want to look at pH levels. The pH is able to change with a lot more ease in a hydroponic setting. When growing in water, acid and alkaline levels can shift rapidly. It is easier to set up pH controls with a hydroponic garden.

If you do not construct a greenhouse yourself, you can always purchase the one that is already put together. Those who are fascinated with indoor hydroponic gardening will find that their money will be spent well. You can buy them in all shapes and sizes and can get expanders to increase the length and width of the garden.

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