4 Highly Valuable Tips to Starting a Successful Hydroponic Farm Structure
Would you like to start hydroponics farming? Or do you already practice hydroponics farming but not satisfied with the results of your venture? This article explains to you some of the tips to starting a successful hydroponic farm structure.
If you have not come across hydroponics, you may wonder what they are. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture which is best explained as a method of rearing plants by use of mineral nutrient solutions without use of soil. Terrestrial plants are grown with their roots in the solution in an inert medium like perlite or gravel.
Although the majority of people use hydroponic as a hobby, a study done recently reveals that the commercial hydroponics industry is rapidly growing and turning out to be very successful. According to a report done in Australia, it is probably the fastest growing venture in the horticultural industry.
The system is best applied to water-loving crops such as lettuce. However, you can also use it for farm fodder production as some successful dairy farmers in Kenya will tell you. Building your water hydroponic system is simple fun, if you follow the instructions below.
Tips for Starting a Successful Hydroponic Farm Structure
- Tips when deciding the number of each plant to grow.
The number of crops you can rear in a hydroponic farm depends on the size of the farm you build. It will also depend on the types of plants you desire to grow. Remember to space plants appropriately to enable each crop receive ample amount of light.
- Tips when constructing a hydroponic farm structure
First and foremost, let us see the list of all materials that you may need to build a successful hydroponic farm.
- External pump:
- Tubing flow and a fish tank that will be used as a reservoir
- Pots and Plant trays
- Growing medium and Hydroponics nutrients
- Black spray paint
- Sharp object
- Air stones to be used in a water culture system and a flow/drain
The following steps should be followed when building a hydroponic farm structure.
- Decide what you want to grow.
- Estimate the size of the farm you will need
- Evenly mark and space 4 inch holes for the 4 inch pots to be placed in them. Shade cloth is helpful while used during the hot climates in the first 3 to 4 weeks
- Connect the airline to your pump and attach your air stone to the free end. The airline must be long enough to cover the distance from your pump to the bottom of your reservoir.
- Fill reservoir with solution. Containing nutrients
- Place your Styrofoam in the tank.
- Run the air line through a designated notch.
- Put the growing medium into the net pots and place one crop in each pot.
- Place the net pots into the designated holes in Styrofoam.
- Ensure that you maintain your pots on a stable surface to avoid ending up with uneven growth of your plants.
- Plug-in your pump and start growing plants with your fully-functional
- hydroponics system
In Mwiki, Kasarani, Nairobi, there are some guys who go by the name of Grandeur Africa, who can help you set up a hydroponic farm structure for your cattle, pigs, chicken and rabbits feeding needs.
- Caring Tips
Ensure that you keep controlling the chemical balance of water to nutrients on a daily basis. This control is done following the daily evaporation of water. Provide maximum protection for them by keeping pests away and watching to prevent them against root-rot. Root rot is a condition characterized by roots going slimy, turning to a brown color and lastly dying.
- Harvesting Guidelines
Watch your crops grow for about 12 to 18 weeks (interestingly, barley takes only 6-8 days to be ready for your cattle, sheep, pigs and rabbits 🙂 ). After they are fully grown, harvest them. Flush the entire system after harvesting. Sterilize the system using peroxide and a solution of copper to kill bacteria and mold.
These are some of the most important tips to starting a successful hydroponic farm structure for highly profitable horticultural growing venture.
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