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Terms to Know Before Starting a Hydroponic Garden

Hydroponics is one of the latest crazes to hit the gardening industry, but the basic principles of this methodology have actually been around for centuries. If you are interested in getting started in the wonderful world of hydroponics, there are a few key terms you need to know.

  • Hydroponics - A method of growing fruits, vegetables and herbs without the use of soil. Instead, plants are grown in a completely controlled environment, using specialized growing medium and nutrients.
  • Growing Medium - The material in which the plants grow, which might include rockwool, vermiculite or sand.
  • Nutrient Solution - A precise blend of water and nutrients to fertilize the plants and help them grow in a room, greenhouse or outdoors.
  • pH - The hydrogen-hydroxyl ion content in the growing medium, which has a direct effect on the plants ability to absorb nutrients and grow.
  • Ebb and Flow Systems - Best used for smaller plants, this hydroponic system feeds a garden through a cycle of overflow and drainage.
  • Drip Systems - Plants are fertilized through a pump that pushes nutrients through tubes and feeds the garden from the top.
  • Manual Systems - A method of hydroponics that allows nutrients to be added to the garden manually, either from the top or bottom of the plants.
  • PVC Hydroponics - A hydroponic garden that uses PVC pipe to pump water and nutrients through the plants.
  • Hydroponic Lighting - Artificial lighting that could be LED or another bulb source, allowing hydroponic gardens to be grown in rooms indoors, year-round. The right LED lighting makes all the difference in how fast and well your plants grow.
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    Fort Collins Hydroponics
    1228 W Elizabeth St Ste C6, Fort Collins, CO 80521
    Dedicated to offering quality organic and hydroponics supplies, we are your number one source for DIY grow kits and nutrient-enriched soils. Your plants will flourish with our organic garden supplies.
    (970) 420-2135
    Wat To Grow - Boulder
    6395 Gunpark Dr, Boulder, CO 80301
    Come to our store for hydroponic nutrients. We also sell ballasts, fans and bulbs. Your plants will grow tall and strong with our reliable products. Our clerks can answer your questions about pest control.
    (303) 473-4769
    Rocky Mountain Hydroponics
    2125 32nd Street, Boulder, CO 80301
    Rocky Mountain Hydroponics and Organics has a professional and knowledgeable staff ready to help you with all your gardening needs.
    (303) 966-6100
    Way To Grow - Fort Collins
    3201 E Mulberry St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    (970) 484-4769
    Trihydro
    1531 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    (970) 493-1179
    Grow Buddy LLC
    6410 S College Ave Ste B, Fort Collins, CO 80525
    (970) 377-2425
    The Grow Shop
    1711 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
    (970) 484-1042
    Warhammer Supply
    1112 Monroe Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
    (970) 635-2602
    Green Thumb Garden Supply Co
    2380 W 27th St, Greeley, CO 80634
    (970) 506-1711
    Boulder Hydroponic and Organic Center
    1630 63rd St, Boulder, CO 80301
    (303) 415-0045
    Rocky Mountain Hydroponics
    2125 32nd St Ste A, Boulder, CO 80301
    (303) 442-4441
    58 Hydro
    2125 32nd St, Boulder, CO 80301
    58 Hydro has a professional and knowledgeable staff ready to help you with all your gardening needs.
    (800) 584-9376
    Acme Hydroponics
    300 Nickel St, Broomfield, CO 80020
    (720) 524-7306
    Green Thumb Organics
    10954 Manet Way, Denver, CO 80234
    (303) 362-1392
    Brighton Hydroponics
    839 S Kuner Rd, Brighton, CO 80601
    (303) 655-1427


    Hydroponic farming is a method of growing crops without the use of soil. Typically, hydroponic crops and plants are grown indoors. Bulbs are placed in water solutions, which contain special nutrients and fertilizers. In addition, most gardens utilize special lamps as a replacement for natural sunlight. These lamps typically use LED lights. Hydroponic rooms can offer many advantages over traditional growing methods. For instance, water in these gardens are reusable, thus keeping irrigation costs lower than traditional farms. Additionally, the use of LEDs and specially cultivated nutrients allow operators to keep tighter control over crops. Moreover, hydroponic rooms are protected from outdoor pests. Fruit and vegetable yields also tend to be more regular and stable. This is because indoor grow rooms are not subject to the same weather irregularities as outdoor farms. Most hydroponic farmers rely on special stores and distributors for their equipment and supplies. These outlets commonly provide items such as drains, grow boxes and many other valuable accessories. In addition, stores may offer starter kits for home hydroponic enthusiasts. These kits are often much simpler than advanced commercial systems. Individuals interested in starting their own gardens can often find more information online. Many tutorials and guides are available with detailed explanations of how to properly establish rooms and gardens. Before following directions online, it is best to verify that the information is credible. Along with online resources, many agricultural organizations publish detailed guides regarding the process of building hydroponic greenhouses. Overall, hydroponic greenhouses provide an innovative and important alternative to conventional farming methods.
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