Gardening in the Winter Indoors: Beat the Winter Blues

 

What do you do over the winter?gardening in the winter indoors : bored with gardening

Are you bored as a gardener in the winter?

Want to get out into the garden but can’t?

Dream of the long summer of days to come?

Why not try gardening in the winter indoors?

It will challenge you to grow something – you never know you may like itgardening in the winter indoors : frozen garden

how do you fancy growing crops without soil? Impossible? Nope there is a technique.

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Hydroponic Systems: What Types are there?

hydroponic systems openerWhat are Hydroponic systems?

Hydroponic systems are a method of growing plants without soil. Or more strictly with ‘working water’, but it mainly means any system which does not use soil.

There are several different hydroponic systems. These include

All of these systems can be used indoors and outside. Although using some of these outside will entail covering the system to prevent dilution of the nutrient system.

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Home Battery Backup Power Supply

Why would you need a home battery backup power supply for hydroponics?

Well everything the plants need is run off the mains in most systems.

You have heaters, pumps, timers and sensitive electronics all required to keep your plants alive.

Without electricity for a few hours your plants will suffer and some will never recover.

So how can you reduce the chances of the mains outage disaster?home battery backup power supply- ups

You get yourself a UPS (uninterruptible power supply), a home  battery backup power supply. This device, when the mains decides to disappear will keep your computer alive – preventing a catastrophic crash.

Looking around you will see a whole ream of them – how do you decide which one is suitable.

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What Would You Grow With Hydroponics?

Why Would You Grow With Hydroponics?

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Hydroponic Tomatoes

It is easy to grow with Hydroponics. The plants have an easy time of it, you supply them with the right conditions for them to grow.

You add nutrient at the right strength, light them with the right lighting, support them if they need it, so what else do they have to do, but grow?

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Be The Envy of Your Neighbours – Turbocharge Your Tomatoes

Do you grow tomatoes?tomatoes grown hydroponically

Yeah – then you should be using this system to turbocharge your tomatoes.

I came across hydroponics about 10 years ago. Looking around at the time, even the basic systems were expensive. Nowadays the market has developed into a mass market and prices of the basic sytems have dropped.

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History of Hydroponics

What most people don’t realise is that hydroponics is not a recent technique for growing plants.

Way back Before Christ, we find that the Arabs were growing melons on the dry and sandy riverbeds, being watered with solutions of composted animal excreta. A simliar process was used in India to grow watermelons, cucumbers and other green vegtables.

In China, into ancient times, rice cultures were carried in water, detailed in the diaries of Marco Polo.

One of the ancient Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were supposed to be grown hydroponically. There is talk of the plants being grown in channels simliar to the modern technique of NFT (Nutrient Film technique). The nutrient was recycled and transported back to the top in a bucket and chain system.

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