Hydroponics at Home - Pros and Cons
Hydroponics at home is the newest trend in hobbies these days and you definitely don't want to be left out of the loop! But is it worth it? See for yourself in this hydroponics pros and cons article.
Most of you probably heard of hydroponics as an entire industry, mass producing overgrown monsters of tomatoes, strawberries and melons. However, recently, hydroponics also came into our homes, becoming more of a hobby than anything else. Just like you would grow fish in a fish tank, a dog or a cat, now you can grow your own strawberries in the comfort of your own home! Most people who practice this hobby will tell you its heaps of fun. But just like fish are fun, you still have to take a lot of time cleaning their water, feeding them and so forth. Same goes with a cat or a dog: sure they're sweet and they provide company, but you might wish they would just play dead next time they're scratching the door at 6 AM to go out and do their business! Just like in those cases, practicing hydroponics at home has its ups and downs, its pros and cons. And that's exactly what I'll be covering next.
Hydroponics at Home - Pros
- Fun Hobby - indeed, hydroponics can be a great heap of fun. Especially if you're into DIYs and building, homemade hydroponics can be a great antidote for boredom. Seeing your plants grow is also very satisfying and you'll soon be going "Awww, it was only last month that this was just a baby bulb!"
- Food Source - maybe people that have hydroponics at home don't specifically see them as a food source, but in the end, why not? Sure, a couple of bucket systems won't feed you off through the winter, but those fresh strawberries will sure come in handy occasionally!
- Ornamental Value - plants are always fun to have around the house and they can bring a tinge of freshness and life into a home, but a hydroponics system goes far beyond that. Having a normal plant is as ornamental as having an empty fish tank. Having a hydroponics system instead means putting the fish in the tank!
Hydroponics at Home - Cons
- Time Consuming - Hobbies are time consuming as a standard, but this one might take a bit more time than you would want to. Hopefully, your hydroponics at home system won't make you feel like you have a second job.
- Failure Prone - If you're not experienced with homemade hydroponics, things are very likely to go wrong. Growing a plant is an amalgam of factors that are very sensitive and even the slightest mishap can cause your plant to stop growing, to stop developing fruit and so forth. So don't be surprised if your first tries will fail, it's not that big a deal and we've all been there at one point.
- Costly - If you're buying a professional hydroponics system, you'll pick your own pockets to afford it. Sure, you could try to build your own hydroponics system from scratch, using everyday stuff like buckets (more commonly used in homemade hydroponics than you might think), cups and so forth. These won't be as costly, obviously, but neither will they be very effective. So if you'll want to get a system that can really give you what you want, call an ambulance, because your piggy bank is going to get smashed.