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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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    VM Garden Supply
    2903 Ne 109th Ave Ste. D, Vancouver, WA 98682
    VM Garden Supply has proudly served the greater Vancouver/Portland area since 2010. Our friendly & knowledgeable staff is glad to help anyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro.
    (232) 320-3020
    Healthy Harvest South
    3837 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303
    We are proud to be opening our second location. We are a full service indoor/outdoor and hydroponics garden center. Featuring sun light supply, advanced equipment and many others. Come check us out.
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    Art of Hydro Indoor and outdoor gardens
    27623 Covington Way Suite #3, Covington, WA 98042
    We are committed to providing the highest quality hydroponic and growing equipment at low prices. We can help you control your pests and grow your plants within a garden or green house.
    (253) 630-0527
    Indoor Garden Supply
    1250 Atlantic Ave, Woodland, WA 98674
    (360) 841-8055
    Indoor Gardening
    111 W Main St, Centralia, WA 98531
    (360) 807-4259
    Indoor Garden Depot
    6400 Ne Highway 99 Ste H, Vancouver, WA 98665
    (360) 993-7779
    Jantzen Beach Hydroponics & Indoor Gardening
    909 N Tomahawk Island Dr Ste 103, Portland, OR 97217
    (503) 546-3185
    Zm Indoor Garden Supply
    2903 Ne 109th Ave Ste D, Vancouver, WA 98682
    (360) 256-2933
    American Agriculture
    9966 Sw Arctic Dr, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 641-3500
    Northwest Hydroponic Repair & Resale
    10201 Sw Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 747-3624
    Northwest Hydroponic Repair and Resale
    10195 Sw Beaverton Hillsdale H, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 747-3624
    NW Hydroponic Repair and Resale
    2510 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 719-7671
    American Agriculture
    9220 Se Stark St, Portland, OR 97216
    (503) 256-2400
    Indoor Hydroponic Gardens & Lights
    5990 Sw 185th Ave Ste F, Beaverton, OR 97007
    (503) 848-3335
    Portland Hydroponics & Organics
    11564 Sw Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR 97223
    (503) 746-4303


    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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