A Bounty of Veggies
If you like to gardening and eating the fruits of your labor, you may find raising hydroponic vegetables a way to enjoy and have both year round. Hydroponics is a method of growing fruits and vegetables without the use of dirt or soil.
You do not have to till the ground, hoe the dirt between the rows of plants and in most water gardens never have to be weeded. Growing food hydroponically is gentle on the environment and uses less water than conventional gardening.
Vegetables that vine make good choices for hydroponic gardens.
- Cucumbers are easy to grow in a soilless garden. While you may think that a smaller variety should be used, the larger size species grow quite well.
- Acorn, yellow summer and butternut squash grown in a hydroponic garden flourish. While the winter varieties require a longer time to produce, summer squash produces quickly.
- Sweet peas, snow peas and pole beans can be planted in the center of a hydroponic vegetable garden. Using a trellis, string or wire supports, the plants will grow upwards forming a canopy over your smaller vegetables.
All types of leafy vegetables like lettuce thrive in hydroponic gardens. Unlike produce grown in conventional dirt gardens, hydroponic vegetables do not require repeated washing to remove the dirt.
- Spinach, collards, Swiss chard and kale will grow to table size in mere weeks instead of months. Most water gardeners report that their plants grow faster and the produce is actually larger.
- Leeks, cabbage and sorrel are other popular choices of leafy green vegetables for water gardens.
Growing tomatoes in a hydroponic system allows you to plant numerous varieties at the same time. Unlike dirt-based gardening, hydroponics allows you to control pests and cross pollination, especially if the garden is inside a greenhouse or home.
Specialty tomatoes like the Yellow Egg, Purple Cherokee and the Copla produce vividly colored fruit. Roma, Amish Salad and cherry tomatoes as well as all other vegetables produce almost twice as many fruits in closed hydroponic vegetable garden systems as they would if grown in a soil garden.
These types of plants fill in the space where vegetables like pole beans leave when they climb upwards.
- Sweet and hot pepper plants provide color and thickness in hydroponic gardens.
- Habanero, Christmas Tree and Wiri Wiri peppers are multi-colored and grow quickly, producing peppers in half the time when grown with water nutrients.
- Eggplant and zucchini are fast growing even during the winter, allowing you to make meals with flavor, color and a high nutritional value.
If you have the space and containers there is no vegetable that cannot be grown using the hydroponic gardening method. Hydroponic vegetables grow faster and produce larger fruits that are higher in nutritional value than vegetables grown conventionally. If you want fresh produce year round, having a year round hydroponics garden may be the answer.