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Whether you're a beginner gardener or an experienced one, there's something to learn in this Howcast video series about gardening tools and equipment.
You Will Need
- Peat, sand, gravel, rock wool, or vermiculite
- Premixed nutrient solution
- pH testing kit
- Artificial light
Understand what hydroponics is
Know what hydroponics is: a method of cultivating plants in liquid nutrients without using soil. Consider starting out with an inexpensive hydroponic gardening kit.
Learn about hydroponic systems
Learn about hydroponic systems. Ebb and flow delivers nutrients via a pump. With the wick system, plant roots absorb nutrients via dangling ropes.
Use porous materials
Use porous materials like peat, sand, gravel, rock wool, or vermiculite in an ebb and flow system. These materials deliver liquid nutrients to the roots.
Get a premixed nutrient solution
Get a premixed nutrient solution at a garden supply store. You'll typically use 2 to 3 teaspoons of nutrients per gallon of water.
Get a pH testing kit
Get a pH testing kit to measure a nutrient solution's hydrogen content. If pH levels are too high or too low, plants won't be able to absorb nutrients.
Consider buying artificial lighting
Consider buying artificial lighting such as High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights for flowering plants, or Metal Halide (MH) lights for leafy vegetables. Now start hydroponic gardening with confidence.