Reduce Water By Growing Hydroponics
As people start to recognise the effects of global warming, more and more are starting to look at alternative ways to reduce it's impacts through their daily lives.
One industry that is ever growing is the food and agriculture industry as it tries to keep up with feeding the ever expanding world population. So food is always going to be vital, it's not going to go away, because we all need to eat to survive. The process of growing food for consumption is an area that many experts have started looking into to improve its processes and practices in an attempt to reduce waste such as water. Water is currently a diminishing resource so there is urgent action needed to better manage its usage.
One method for reducing water usage during the cultivation of food crops is through the use of hydroponic systems. Hydroponics is the method of growing plants in water entirely, without any soil. It has been around for milleniums so there's definitely a lot of proof it works well. It is said that growing plants hydroponically can reduce water consumption between 80-90%. That is a massive difference!! The reason being is because the plants get their water supply directly from the water vessel their are grown in, there is no water wasted by sprinkler systems watering large fields, much of which end up no where near the plants or their roots.
The other hydroponic benefits include a faster yield, which means plants grow faster and there is no pesticides and chemicals used to get rid of pests in the soil. It's a win win situation for the environment, if more people got on board. And we all should.
If you are interested, you can try your hands at growing veggies hydroponically. The types of vegetables suitable for hydroponics is endless, but the easiest ones to grow include lettuce, kale, tomatoes, peppers, basil, beans, zucchinis, mint and even fruits like strawberries and blueberries. We have a small hydroponic set that can help you get started. Go here to check it out. Happy growing!