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Plants to grow in hydroponics or aquaponics for beginners

Certain plants grow better in hydroponic and aquaponic systems, and you want to make sure you start by growing plants that you will have the most success with. Herbs and leafy green vegetables are by far the best beginner plants to grow for both hydroponics and aquaponics. Try these types for the most success: Lettuce Arugula Spinach Basil Oregano Chives Watercress Mint (orange mint or peppermint) If you want to try growing more advanced vegetables, try these: Radishes Tomatoes Cucumbers Peppers   *Title photo from: http://garden.lovetoknow.com

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Types of growing mediums for beginners

We recommend using either coco coir, LECA or perlite if you are just starting out with hydroponics. Coco coir is produced from the brown husk around a coconut shell and is great for hydroponics because it is extremely absorbent. It can absorb up to 8 times its weight! However, because it is so absorbent, it doesn’t drain very well, so we recommend mixing coco coir 50/50 with perlite.               Image from: http://www.cocoponics.co/tag/coco-coir Perlite is made by heating silica (flakes of glass) until they expand. It’s great for hydroponics because it holds water, but is also an excellent drainage medium and allows for plenty of air to reach the roots of your plants. Again, mixing it 50/50...

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Hydroponic nutrient solution for beginners

It’s important to use a hydroponic nutrient solution or pre-formulated nutrient mix designed for a hydroponics system, and not just any fertilizer. Nutrients formulated for hydroponic systems have essential micronutrients that regular fertilizers for the soil do not have because they assume those micronutrients can be found in the soil. If you use regular fertilizer in your hydroponic system, your plants won’t get all the nutrients they need to grow big, healthy and productive. You can buy nutrient solutions in most garden shops and centres that sell hydroponic equipment, so give a local place a call and see if they carry any! If you’re looking to have it shipped to you, check out this site if you are in the...

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Types of hydroponic systems

    The Wick System: a wick is used to extend from the reservoir of nutrient solution to the growing medium, and wicks the nutrients and water up to the roots of the plant for absorption. Aeroponics: a mister or nozzle head is used to mist or spray the nutrient solution onto the exposed roots of the plants.  Nutrient Film Technique (NFT): plant roots are exposed below the growing medium, into a shallow cascading stream of nutrient solution that is being pumped up from the reservoir and is running through a tube below the medium. Ebb and Flow (Flood and Drain): the system is on a timer and will periodically flood the area that holds the plants in the growing...

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