Hydroponic Gardening -
Do it Right the First Time!

Hydroponic gardening is simply growing without soil. In this type of garden you provide all of the nutrients your plants need through the water in the hydroponic system. Plants require water, nutrients, and Oxygen at the root level, and different hydroponic systems will provide these three elements in various different ways.

Build this extremely easy and reliable homemade hydroponic system

The key to success in an indoor garden is to know the requirements of your plants very well, and then to simply provide for them. This is especially true when it comes to the lighting requirements and feeding requirements of different plants. A crop of lettuce may do very well grown under fluorescent lights, whereas tomatoes and other vegetables require a much more intense light source to guarantee vigorous growth and healthy development.

In addition to nutrient strength and light intensity, every plant has a pH that is preferred. It is also very common for the light requirements and/or nutritional requirements of your plants to change as they grow. For example, they may need a dark photo-period to get them to fruit, or they may require less Nitrogen and more Phosphorus and Potassium as they go from vegetative growth into flowering/fruiting.

Having a feeding plan in advance, tailored to the needs of the plants you are growing, is extremely helpful to getting great results. Once you have a feeding plan, it's just a matter of maintaining your nutrient solution properly on a day to day basis...according to the feeding plan.

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Indoor organic and hydroponic gardening can be very rewarding, but the challenges of providing for plants indoors can be overwhelming to a beginner, and can be challenging to even an experienced gardener.

I started gardening indoors over 20 years ago, and I quickly realized how much conflicting advice was out there, and how little useful advice there was for indoor gardening in general, and for hydroponic gardening in particular.

After many years of persistent trial and error, I now enjoy helping garden lovers all over the world. I try my very best to make the information here easy to understand, yet very helpful (Easy RSS feeds to the left).

Find help choosing your indoor grow lights, understanding the different hydroponic systems, and learning some of the finer skills of indoor gardening...such as how to force flowering, how to take clones successfully, and how to maintain your nutrient solution properly. My indoor guide is here to save you time and frustration (and money) by helping you do it right the first time!


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Hydroponic Gardening
Table of Contents

Easy Hydroponics Gardening at Home
Hydroponics gardening explained in simple, easy read fashion...Different hydroponics systems, homemade hydroponic systems, feeding tips, and more
Hydroponics Growing Systems Explained One by One
Explains the main types of hydroponics growing systems and how each hydroponics growing system works, Includes homemade section and feeding tips.
put together a homemade hydroponics system that works
Instructions and tips for building homemade hydroponics systems that work, and produce great results.
garden grow lights - tips designs and advice
The indoor garden grow lights page is a crash course of the basics to help do it right the first time. Covers garden grow light types, use and general tips and advice.
indoor garden designs -help so short and simple you won't believe
Short garden designs page for indoor gardens is unbelievably easy and will leave you with the best design.
Hydroponic Gardening Tips and Tricks
A hydroponic gardening crash course listing the most problem solving tips and lessons I've learned over the years
Organic gardening indoors. helpful and simply written.
Explains organic gardening from an indoor gardening point of view. Covers organic soil mixes, organic amendments, organic hydroponics, feeding tips, lighting tips, and more.
Each stage of the plant life cycle easily explained
Explains 4 stages of the plant life cycle and discusses human manipulation of plant life cycle behavior.
Growing Herbs Indoors Year Round
Complete info for growing herbs indoors all year. Offers additional lighting tips, easy starter soil mix, feeding tips from my own spaghetti sauce garden
How to grow tomatoes successfully indoors
How to grow tomatoes from seed starting to seedling care, transplanting, feeding tips, special indoor considerations, pollination, and more
Natural pest control for the Indoor Garden
Natural pest control keeps poison out of your food. Info for every indoor gardener, organic or hydroponics, learn how.
Troubleshooting Plant Growth to Maximize Your Garden Yield
There are several factors that affect plant growth. Looking at these factors is an excellent way to troubleshoot an indoor garden area, solve problems, and maximize plant growth.
Organic and HydroponicGardening Blog
Just learning hydroponic gardening? Love gardening with organics? Get frequent updates, with the best plant feeding tips, plant growth information, and easy garden design tips.
Hydroponics FAQ
Easy to read hydroponics FAQ with hundreds of garden questions answered and organized by category
Site Map for Jasons Indoor Guide to Organic and Hydroponics Gardening.
Quickly see every page that exists for Jasons Indoor Guide to Organic and Hydroponics Gardening....all in one spot
Ask the Hydroponic Gardening Expert at Jason's Indoor Guide
Have your hydroponic gardening and other indoor gardening questions answered within 48 hours by the resident expert, Jason
Check out all of Jason's recommended items.
Find out the cheapest and easiest ways to garden productively in this article.

Hi everyone, Jason from Jason's Indoor Guide here. When I got started with hydroponic gardening more than 20 years ago, my first garden used rockwool cubes and B.C. Nutrients....and I remember thinking to myself yeah, sure, there may be a lot of advantages to gardening with hydroponics, for example there are very few pest problems, therefore very little pest control, no weeding, no plowing or tilling the soil, no soil testing or having to add things into the garden soil, no watering the garden....but for someone who just wants to grow their own vegetables and have more control over their food supply and the quality of the food that they eat, the cost of constantly having to buy grow media and hydroponic nutrients makes this an expensive hobby for most people.

I suppose when you take into consideration how much money you save NOT having to buy food at the grocery store, it is surely cheaper to grow your own food hydroponically even with the cost of high quality nutrients. Nevertheless, I didn't have a whole lot of money to work with and I needed to make my efforts as affordable and effective as possible....and in the last 20 years I HAVE learned a thing or two!

As you browse through Jason's Indoor Guide, you will notice all of the systems that I use personally are homemade systems. As I got 3 or 4 years of experience under my belt, I quickly adopted a preference to standing water systems and systems that use expanded clay pellets or lava rock, because the media is re-usable and it eliminates a huge operating expense. So once a hydroponic system is built, garden maintenance is minimal- check and adjust the nutrient solution daily, and to change it completely every 2 weeks....and the biggest operating cost is the hydroponic nutrients. (and the electric bill, lol).

And, regarding the cost of the nutrients....I experimented for about 3 years with making different compost teas and nutrient teas, but there is still a lot of expense $$$ associated with making high quality nutrient teas....like kelp meal, liquid seaweed, rock dust, bat guano, un-sulfured molasses, worm castings. You can eliminate a lot of this expense by becoming an expert at making high-quality colloidal humus compost, and use your properly made compost as the basis of your hydroponic nutrient solution.



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Unfortunately, I have been gardening for over 20 years and I have only just recently mastered this difficult skill....and even then, only because I happened to find a very easy to follow, high quality technique and decided to follow the instructions to the letter. I produced more high quality compost in just one week than I was able to use in a whole year! I highly recommend it. It is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase the productivity of your food production efforts, while at the same time decreasing the amount of effort required to grow all of your own food, and decreasing the total cost of operating your food production system.

And when I say decrease operating costs, I mean decrease them to almost ZERO, especially if you are producing your own nutrients.


High Efficiency
Hydroponics

One final solution to eliminate the cost of your hydroponic nutrients: Imagine a hydroponic system that does not require you to buy any nutrients, does not require you to make your own compost, and does not require you to brew your own nutrient tea. Seriously! No cost and no effort as far as providing nutrients to your plants is concerned. Plus, at the end of the gardening cycle, you harvest all of your garden vegetables, PLUS YOU HARVEST FISH from the system!


Aquaponics

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This solution is aquaponics. If you are serious about producing all of your own food and being self-sufficient, this is the ultimate solution for reducing expenses (as much as possible), reducing the total amount of work required, and maximizing the productivity of your gardening efforts. I have been gardening for over 20 years, and it is the perfect food production solution in my opinion.


Produce garnden vegetables AND fish together. Eliminate fertilizer costs!

Besides mastering how to make high quality compost, learning aquaponics is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your garden productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work. The product that I learned from is called Aquaponics4you. With all of my hydroponic gardening experience, the first time I came across the Aquaponics4you product I knew immediately that it was something very special! Place an aquaponics system outdoors and use the sun instead of grow lights, and you have reduced every garden expense to nearly ZERO!


High Efficiency
Soil Gardening

This is where my advice ends for people growing in water. But some of you out there are in love with soil gardening and organic gardening, and rightly so! It's a pro-human activity. It is pro-conservation. It is pro-life. It nurtures and promotes life at all levels, from the micro-organisms to beneficial insects, to healthy humans. It's natural. it's spiritual. Gardening is written deeply into our DNA, like how you feel watching a bonfire or sitting by the ocean or next to a river.

My friend John at Food4Wealth has more than 20 years experience organic gardening, so he reminds me a lot of myself. He knows organic gardening like I know hydroponic gardening, and over the years he has learned just about every trick there is to organic gardening. He knows what makes the plants grow, and he knows how to do it with as little effort as humanly possible. His garden never needs digging, naturally repels pests, has no weeds, always produces more than his family is able to eat, produces vegetables everyday all year round, and....only requires 8 HOURS of light, easy effort PER YEAR!


Low effort organic gardening!

Years and years of experience and results can't be argued with....the Food4Wealth gardening strategy is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work....specifically for organic gardeners who love soil gardening. THIS is the most efficient and productive way to do organic gardening, period! And combined with the ability to make a years' worth of colloidal humus compost in just one week (see World's Best Compost), this overall organic soil gardening strategy is just unstoppable- foolproof, low cost, and low effort!

Learn about high yield organic gardening


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