Learn to make your own homemade hydroponics system to grow virtually any plant, vegetable and fruit without soil.
Building your own hydroponics growing systems from scratch is becoming an increasingly popular trend, so I've set out to determine why this happens and why the hydroponics gardening industry is gradually sucked in by the homemade phenomenon.
For a newcomer to the beautiful field of hydroponics, one of the first and toughest choices to go through will be that of the type of hydroponics growing systems to use: a homemade one or a ready-made branded product. Obviously, each has their own benefits and disadvantages, but when you put them head to head is when you can really see what they're worth. And seeing how it's an increasing trend to build your own homemade systems instead of buying them straight from the shop, I decided to make an analysis and see exactly why this happens and why homemade hydroponics growing systems are becoming the king of the hill.
A few decades back, when the Internet wasn't this big, or at least when hydroponics weren't this big on the Internet, homemade hydroponics growing systems were almost out of the question, especially for a newcomer. It seemed way too hard to make your own system out of God knows what pieces you would find lying around the house, when it was so much easier to spend more at a shop, but get the final product running without too much of a hassle.
This fear of homemade systems was mainly caused by the lack of information surrounding them, but nowadays, with more and more books and Internet websites and articles talking about them, people are starting to see that it's actually not so difficult to build a system that will have results, at a fraction of the cost a shop product would take out of your pocket.
What hydroponic gardening marketers don't seem to realize is that the majority of individuals buying their products don't own huge greenhouses and don't live off what they yield from their hydroponic garden. Instead, the majority of hydroponics growing systems users are an ordinary Joe that grow plants for a hobby, so when you tell them that buying for $200 more will cause your strawberry plant to grow 1 inch taller, they won't really be interested. Especially not when they can get the same plant, the same quality and roughly the same growth rate, from homemade products that cost a lot less.
One last factor that makes homemade hydroponics come out on top is the joy of building something with your own hands. It's definitely a factor and hydroponic gardening isn't the only field that saw this transition from ready-made products to do-it-yourself, homemade ones.
Actually, even today's ready-made hydroponic growing systems tend to become modular, so that anyone can build them on their own, customize them or tweak them. And if you're not good at building, customizing and tweaking or simply don't have the time to do it yourself, you can always go back to that prefinished hydroponic growing system in the store and save yourself the trouble. What's important is that you have this choice.