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4 Things You Need to Grow Your Own Hydroponic Garden

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Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." 

While this may be true, not everyone has the luxury of time or enough space in their city homes for a sprawling garden. Lucky for us, scientists have discovered hydroponic gardening or soil-less plant growing, and have launched highly innovative products like IKEA's KRYDDA/VÄXER series that we could easily order online. 

If you're thinking about starting your own indoor herb patch but aren't too keen on using store-bought kits, you could always build one from scratch. Check out our list of essentials below: 

Main photos from: Mind and Pioneer Settler

Growing Medium

Since you aren't using soil, you need to find starter plugs where plants can develop roots and a healthy, permament base (you can use perlite, sand, fire ball clay, gravel or rockwool) where it can bloom. Don't forget to check if your chosen medium works well with your irrigation system—doing so can help you make sure that the plants will grow properly. 

Photo from Power House Hydroponics 

Water Irrigation System

Whether it's traditional or hydroponic gardening, water is a basic need for plants. To make sure that your green wonders are properly hydrated, you'll be needing a hydro system—you can craft one yourself or go the easy route and buy one from accessible flower shops. Feel free to choose from Wick, EBB and Flow systems.

Photo from Bochincheros

Lighting System 

If you could find a place around your home where your sprouting plants can get enough sun, you can forego investing in a built-in lighting system. However, if a spot near the window is unavailable, you can always go with indoor grow lights to help boost the growth of the plants. 

Photo from Hydroponics 

Nutrient Solution 

Unlike soil, a growing medium doesn't have natural fertilizers so you need to utilize nutrient solutions to keep the plants healthy. These contain micronutrients and usually come in ready-to-use packs which you can simply mix in your irrigation unit. 

Photo from Gadget Freak. 

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