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The absolute ideal hydroponic system is one that is installed in a greenhouse.  That environment enables the gardener to control temperature and humidity, protects the plantings from wind, excessive rain, and too much or not enough light.  Many garden centers and home improvement stores have very inexpensive small greenhouses that are easy to assemble and come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  Check it out! The future of soilless agriculture will be the object
Hydroponics
Seedlings that will be transferred into a hydroponics grow channel can be grown with their roots exposed or in root cubes.  It is best to grow them with exposed roots if they are to be grown in a water culture system.  Sow the seeds in quartz sand, coarse vermiculite, cellulose fiber, rockwool cubes, or perlite.  These cubes provide weight and help support the plant.  Water the seeds and cover them with wet paper towels or
Hydroponics
Biological decomposition in soil breaks down organic matter into the basic nutrient salts plants feed upon.  Water dissolves these salts allowing uptake of nutrients by the roots.  For a plant to receive a well balanced diet, everything in the soil must be in perfect balance, a virtual impossibility.  Water quality can be a problem because water with excessive alkalinity or salt content can result in a nutrient imbalance and poor plant growth.  Softened water may
Hydroponics
The word hydroponics means literally "hydro=water---ponos=working."  It is a system of growing plants in either a bath or flow of highly oxygenated, nutrient enriched water.  It has been practiced by many civilizations such as the Babylonian, Aztec, Egyptian, and Chinese. The development of hydroponics has been a slow incremental process.  Although the first use of controlled environment agriculture was the growing of off-season cucumbers under "transparent stone" (mica) for the Roman Emperor Tiberius during the
Hydroponics