Deep Water Culture or DWC is a system where the roots are suspended in a nutrient solution. This method uses a air stone to oxygenate the nutrient solution and keep the plants from drowning. Once the nutrient solution is sufficiently oxygenated, the plant roots can remain submerged indefinitely. The growing plants have their roots suspended in a deep water growth chamber receive excellent aeration and a moist environment. This is where the name Deep Water Culture or DWC comes from. Once the plants begin to flower, the level of the nutrient solution is gradually reduced. This will expose the roots to even more oxygen. The deep water culture method will lead to rapid growth because, the plants roots can absorb large amounts of oxygen and nutrients at the sametime.
Another distinct advantage of Deep Water Culture or DWC growing system over other hydroponics growing systems is the cost. All you need to get started is:
Plastic tote $7
Net pots $0.50 each
Air pump and stone $10
Nutrient Solution $30 but will last you 4 to 6 months
Total for this system $56 including all the Nutrient Solution
This makes a Deep Water Culture or DWC growing system one of the cheapest most economical to build. I suggest this a Deep Water Culture or DWC growing system for all beginners and believe it to be the best for growing lettuce. That said, I have grown tomatoes, basil, dill, peppers, and even mellon quite successfully in this system. This Deep Water Culture or DWC growing system make indoor growing simple and fun.
What is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a soilless growing technique were growing of plants are placed into a system that delivers nutrient rich water directly to the roots. Instead of soil, Plants are often supported by an inert substrate such as rockwool, hydroton, coconut coir, and many others. A flood and drain, mist, or air stone provides oxygen to the root system to keep the plants from drowning. A hydroponics growing systems success is based on the fine control of the environment. This makes a hydroponics growing system perfect for growing indoors as well as outdoors.
I’m a gardener. Why should I care about hydroponics?
Like most you, I enjoy traditional gardening outside in the soil and sun. Then with the fall all of the outdoor fun ends and the long cold wait to spring begins. With the use of a hydroponics growing system you can grow year round. This has become very important to modern farmers and gardeners. Using hydroponics we have complete control over our seasons and plants. Out in the fields many factors affect how plants are grown. Perfect quality soil is difficult to find and even harder to maintain. We have to deal with contamination, weeds, pests and biological imbalances. For a plant to receive a well balanced diet, everything in the soil must be in perfect But with hydroponics, water is enriched with a perfectly balanced nutrient. The hydroponic nutrient solution is also contained so little is lost to evaporation, therefore, less water is needed and wasted.
Each day, more facts are learned about hydroponics, and it is easyer then ever to start your year round vegetable garden with a little help from my blog http://www.getforked.ca .
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