How Hydroponics, Grow Lights and Organic Gardening Work – Twin Cities, MN
If you’re just getting started with or are interested in new gardening methods in Minneapolis St. Paul, Minnesota, you probably have a lot of questions. We love introducing new gardeners to hydroponics, organic gardening and indoor gardening with grow lights. here, you’ll find some introductory information about each aspect of growing healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs indoor.
All gardening used to require planting directly in soil, even when plants were grown in containers. That is still common today, but new technologies have created exciting and efficient methods for growing all sorts of plants without the use of soil. These hydroponics techniques allow more flexibility for the gardener and can produce better yields. Essentially, hydroponics is a method of growing plants, from herbs and vegetables, to flowers and bulbs without the use of soil. Instead, nutrient-rich solutions are used to bathe the roots of the plant with the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed for the plants to thrive.
In one technique, called Deep-water Culture, roots are drenched with the nutrient rich solution at all times. Oxygen is provided in dissolved form in the solution. In the Ebb and Flow system, the nutrient solution floods the roots and their growing medium part of the time and then drains away, on a carefully planned schedule. The Drip System slowly drips the nutrient solution into a medium such as perlite or rock wool. All of these systems work well. Choosing the right system for your particular needs is important.
Whether you grow hydroponically or organically in soil, you can successfully grow almost anything in an indoor environment. One key to healthy and high-yield plants is light, and plenty of it, but it’s not that simple. Sunlight is ideal for plants, so lighting indoor gardens means supplying lighting that replaces that natural sunlight. Growing plants require lots of light to supply the necessary energy, and typical indoor lighting is simply too dim for for that purpose. Specialized light sources, designed specifically for indoor gardening, are needed.
These come in several types. First, fluorescent grow lights can be used for some applications. Special fluorescent bulbs provide the correct spectrum for many types of plants, but not all plants thrive under fluorescent grow lights. High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting is the choice of most serious indoor gardeners. Either Metal Halide (MH), High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or the latest Light Emitting Ceramic (LEC) bulbs, along with matching reflectors, ballasts and fixtures are readily available in our store. Some growers prefer LED for low energy consumption, long bulb life and cool operation.
Organic gardening is a simple concept, based on avoiding the use of pesticides and non-organic fertilizers. By eliminating these potentially harmful products, organic gardeners get the benefits of growing vegetables, fruits and herbs without the risk of ingesting chemicals that are unhealthy and harmful to the environment. While organic gardening can take a bit more work, the benefits far outweigh the extra effort. For example, organically grown fruits and vegetables are higher in essential nutrients, such as vitamins.
Without getting all harmful chemicals into the food, you and your family can live a healthy lifestyle. If your organic garden is indoors, you can enjoy those benefits year-round. Finally, organic gardening keeps your home safe and contributes to the health of the natural environment by eliminating harmful, polluting chemicals that can enter the water system. At our Minneapolis retail store, we provide extensive information on chemical-free gardening and offer a wide range of products to help you create a healthy, productive all-natural garden.
Twin Cities Indoor and Organic Gardening Store
The experts at Interior Gardens have researched the US and international marketplace for the very best products for hydroponic and organic gardening, along with grow lights that let you plant fruits, herbs and vegetables indoors all year-round. We only stock proven, cost-effective products that provide excellent value and maximum yields. Our volume purchasing power lets us pass along our savings to every customer. At our convenient Twin Cities retail store, our experienced staff will help you select exactly the products you need and answer all of your questions. When you shop with us, you know you’re getting the very best in advice and products. Come in soon and take advantage of our 20+ years of experience.