“In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest -- one that can, and will, overturn the corporate powers that be.” -- Jules Dervaes Jr. -- urbanhomestead.org
The ideals of organic growing, the increasing popularity of DIY living and public mistrust of corporate food production have created new levels of interest in indoor farming. Now, it is easier than ever for aspiring horticulturists to grow their own produce at home regardless of seasonal outdoor temperatures. (Note: This article is an introduction to the fundamentals of indoor gardening, and is by no means a comprehensive guide to the myriad complexities of the discipline.)
With limited space, a modest budget and a healthy investment of time, you can create a container-based indoor garden or hydroponic growing system and be harvesting food in a matter of a few months. As an aspiring home gardener, there are several fundamental elements you should plan to contend with including water, lighting and indoor climate -- all of which (and much more) are available through X Hydro Supply.
Let it Flow
Container-based growing is fairly self-explanatory, as water is simply added to fertilized soil within potted plants. A hydration system purchased from a hydroponic equipment supplier is more complex, yet is far more sustainable as the water used can be continuously recycled. The latter application can save massive amounts of resources while utilizing compact spaces for vertical, drip-based growing systems. Regardless of the scale of your growing effort, you will need electronics to control water flow, pH calibration solutions, plastic drip conduit and cleaning products for all immersed components.
Light the Way
Plants make their own food through a process known a photosynthesis -- wherein light energy is converted to chemical energy which reacts with nutrients present in the water and/or soil. The level of light you should provide depends on the specific types of vegetables, herbs and flowers you intend to grow. Plants suffering from light issues usually do so when there is too little light rather than too much. As light emits heat, your indoor temperature will be affected by the types of lamps you choose.
Control the Indoor Conditions
The severity of the seasons where you live, the time of year and the type lights you aim at your plants will affect your indoor climate maintenance protocol. Most plants thrive at 77°F (25°C) and 50% - 60% humidity. The best way to maintain an ideal growing environment is through a series of fans, thermostats, humidifiers, dimmer switches and ventilation units. This matrix will vary according to your crops, growing space, ambient outdoor temperature and water to nutrient usage ratio.
In addition to the above, attention to concerns such as nutrient concentration, growing mediums and specific harvesting techniques -- all of which will be covered in upcoming blogs -- will contribute to your overall success.
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By Luke Schmaltz