One way to get fresh vegetables without pesticides is to grow your own vegetables. The problem is that not everyone has the land to grow vegetables. Therefore there are ways in which you can grow vegetables by utilizing water as a substitute medium of soil or so-called hydroponics.
For those who have a hobby of gardening, this hydroponic way can relieve stress. But how do I make a hydroponic plant? Do not worry, in this article will be discussed how to plant hydroponics so that the results can be consumed by the family.
As the name implies, hydroponics is a way to cultivate using water media so it does not require land or a large area. Simply put, hydroponics is a method of cultivating plants using water enriched with nutrients, not soil. This makes parameters such as nutrition, pest control, and lighting more manageable.
Hydroponics does not require the use of herbicides and toxic pesticides that are more environmentally friendly and the resulting vegetables will be healthier. Planting with hydroponics will produce good quality and chemical-free plants.
The rate of growth of hydroponics plants can reach 50% faster than plants grown on the ground under the same conditions. The reason for this is because hydroponic plants directly get food from nutrient-rich water. This condition also makes the plant does not need big roots to look for nutrients. And since the energy needed for root growth is less, the remaining energy can be channeled to other parts of the plant.
Hydroponic plants grow healthy, strong, and clean. Hydroponics is also environmentally friendly because it does not require as much water as conventional gardening. This is because hydroponics does not require watering at all.
Vegetables, in addition can be grown in soil media or a vast garden, can also be planted in pots. This method is very effective for readers who want to grow their own vegetables at home, but do not have enough land or yard wide. Because with the planting in the pot will be less necessary place and the size of the pot is usually not too large so we can manage as efficiently as possible.
Before we start planting, we first prepare the materials and equipment as follows:
1. Growing media
Planting media is usually a mixture of soil with manure or compost. It can also be replaced as desired such as with coconut husk, wood powder, etc.
Place to accommodate planting media or pot at least 20 cm diameter or 30 cm so as not too narrow that can inhibit vegetable growth.
3. Vegetable seeds to be planted
After all the preparations are available, the next step is seeding seeds. Seedling is intended so that we can choose good young vegetables to be transferred to pots later. However, seeding is not mandatory, so we can just pass it or directly plant it into pots.