Using a hydroponic herb garden allows you the unique ability to grow herbs year-round. The days of only being able to grow herbs and veggies during the summer are long gone!
In addition to growing herbs, with a hydroponic herb garden, you can also grow veggies, lettuces, small fruits, flowers, and microgreens!
The best part? You don’t even need a backyard or outdoor space to grow herbs and veggies year-round.
With a hydroponic herb garden, you can optimize the space in your home by taking advantage of vertical gardening!
When you have fresh herbs year-round, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the fun new recipes you can try, fresh herbal tea blends you can make, and even tinctures and herbal medicine!
In this article, we’re going to break down:
- The benefits of hydroponic herb garden kits;
- Which herbs you can grow efficiently with a hydroponic herb garden kit;
- How to get started with an indoor hydroponic herb garden;
- How to proceed with your purchase of a hydroponic herb garden.
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Hydroponic Herb Garden Benefits
Growing your herbs hydroponically has a multitude of benefits. First off, you are growing using water as the primary growing medium. Say goodbye to messy, heavy soil!
Most gardeners do not mind the mess of soil when working outside. It’s part of the process. However, that changes when it comes to gardening indoors. Who wants to deal with the mess of soil inside their home?
A Controlled Environment
A hydroponic herb garden is also a controlled environment that allows you to ensure that your plants are getting optimal nutrients and are free of contaminants that sometimes occur when growing in soil.
Even store-bought organic produce grown on a mass scale is not safe from contaminants or a poor nutrient profile due to herbicides and a lack of soil health.
A hydroponic system allows for bigger, healthier plants because the plants are able to absorb their nutrients directly through the water their roots are growing in. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dense soil slowing down growth or pests eating at the leaves and roots.
A hydroponic herb garden reuses and recycles water throughout the system, drastically reducing the amount of water used compared to traditional farming or gardening practices. This is especially useful for people looking to cut back their water bill, or those who don’t have access to the amount of water it takes to maintain a soil garden.
That being said, not all grow kits are created equally.
If you want the easiest and most efficient system, choose one with LED lights, built-in sensors, and cameras that monitor the health of the plants, temperature, humidity levels, and nutrient levels, as well as an AI software that walks you through every step of the growing plants process!
Reclaim your health, grow your own nutrient-dense herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and reduce your environmental impact today!
Which Herbs You Can Grow?
There are plenty of herbs you can grow using a hydroponic herb garden. Imagine the incredible creations you will make with your home-grown, fresh herbs even on the coldest day of winter!
Here are some herbs that do really well in a hydroponic herb garden:
There are endless possibilities when it comes to the herbs you can grow using a hydroponic herb garden.
Whether you are looking for fresh herbs to add medicinal and culinary value to meals or to grow herbs for teas, using an indoor hydroponic herb garden is the most efficient way to grow herbs from the comfort of your home.
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How To Start An Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden
Getting started is as easy as choosing the right system for you. There are lots of different systems out there, and some will fit your spatial (setup in kitchen, living space, corner space) and growing needs more than others.
Choosing The Right System For You
There are quite a few different hydroponic growing systems out there. It’s essential to select the right one for what you plan on growing in order to ensure success. Here are some of the different options:
- DWC (Deep Water Culture) – Using a large water reservoir, the plants are able to grow longer root systems that create bigger, healthier plants. However, this style of hydroponics tends to take up more space and is ideal for a large-scale or commercial operation as opposed to a home hydroponic garden.
- NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) – This method of hydroponic gardening uses less water, and the roots are in a shallower growing area than in DWC. However, NFT is not the most beginner-friendly system.
- Ebb & Flow – This method of hydroponic growing is much like the name; the water ebbs and flows throughout the system. Meaning, the water reservoirs fill up and then drain repeatedly to stimulate growth.
Choose Your Herbs
Once you have selected the best hydroponic herb garden system for you, now it’s time for the fun part!
Choosing Which Herbs You Want to Grow!
We know the feeling of getting super excited about your new garden system and wanting to grow all the herbs at once. However, your best bet is to start with a few different varieties, get the hang of the system, and then choose more once you’re ready!
Start with some basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, cilantro, as they’re herbs that don’t require extensive plant care.. Then work your way up to more herbs once you feel confident in your hydroponic herb garden system.
Set Up Your Hydroponic Herb Garden
After you’ve selected which system works best for you and picked out your herbs, it’s now time to get set up!
Depending on what system you get, the setup should be pretty straightforward and user-friendly.
You will need to assemble the necessary equipment, such as tanks, watering pump, air stones, grow lights, timers, sensors, other products and accessories, etc.
Depending on which system you end up selecting, you may need to adjust the pH levels of the water or add nutrients.
Plant Your Herbs!
Ready for the fun part? Now you get to plant the herbs you love!
Once you get everything in order and your system is set up correctly, the next step is planting your herbs.
When growing your hydroponic herb garden, most herbs will either come as small starter plants or seeds to start on your own.
Either way, you will place your seeds or starter plants directly into the growing medium, usually rockwool or leca, and insert them into your hydroponic herb garden grow system!
Monitor and Adjust
After you get everything all set up, and your plants are snug as a bug in their new home, now it is time to monitor and adjust as your plants grow.
Since these plants are not growing outside, you will have to provide that they are getting adequate nutrients and light from their environment. Growing hydroponically is an entirely controlled environment since the plants are not exposed to direct sunlight nor nutrients in the soil.
This provides a unique opportunity for indoor gardeners to be in control of elements that are typically out of our control as outdoor gardening rituals.
You will have to pay close attention to the LED grow lights (or other grow light options) and ensure that the plants are getting enough light, as well as check the water and nutrient levels to make sure that your plants are getting the “plant food” they need.
The best way to do this is to do research on what light-deprived plants look like, or plants that are nutrient deficient. It will vary depending on the plant in question. This way, you can detect an issue immediately before it deteriorates plant growth.
We get it. This can be a bit overwhelming for beginner home gardeners.
That’s why, at Gardyn, we have solved the headache of having to worry about light and nutrient deficiencies because our hydroponic indoor herb garden kits come equipped with sensors, cameras, and an AI software app that carefully monitors your plants and alerts you when action needs to be taken to help your herbs thrive!
Purchase Your Hydroponic Herb Garden
There are tons of hydroponic herb gardens out there. And it can be difficult trying to decide which one to buy.
If you’re a beginner, it’s best to choose the most user-friendly hydroponic herb garden you can find.
One that takes away the guesswork of constantly monitoring your plants, one that you can program to take care of itself when you need to go on vacation, and one that walks you through each step in order to ensure a thriving and bountiful indoor garden.
Not only will you be growing your own nutrient-rich herbs packed with antioxidants and medicinal value, but you can also feel good about doing your part to help mitigate climate change.
Using a hydroponic herb garden allows you to:
- Save water;
- Reduce your carbon footprint and plastic use;
- Finally reclaim your health and the ability to grow your own food.
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