Have you ever been told you need a hobby? Or have you ever given someone else this advice, perhaps? This is not uncommon, thanks to the benefits that hobbies can give. One interesting example, in fact, is gardening – a hobby that has benefits of various types for a person who seeks to give it a try. Gardening as a hobby can provide a valuable outlet for the focusing of creative energy and attention, which might be why it is so therapeutic and relaxing. By default, it’s even environmentally helpful, thanks to the way that plants help improve air quality through their very nature. Furthermore, gardening can even have peripheral benefits of helping reduce your food costs by a certain degree – especially if you plant herbs, fruits or vegetables that can go into your cooking and consumption.
Even the very hobby of gardening has seen a fair deal of development as more and more took it up as a hobby. For instance, new advancements and changes are being made all the time, thanks to scientific discoveries and developments making more and more new things possible. Hydroponics, for example, came about because of an 18th century discovery that plants absorbed nutrients from the soil in the form of inorganic ions in water. This has given plant growers the fascinating alternative of growing plants without the need for soil, which has resulted in planting and gardening being made possible even for areas with not a lot of space.
Hydroponics’ setup allows plant roots to absorb the growing nutrients they need from a nutrient solution, in which the roots are suspended. A growing medium keeps things stable but takes up a lot less room than soil might – and in most cases is even far less messy. This nutrient solution is crucial to a hydroponic plant’s development, which might be why many companies catering to hydroponics growers make a good amount of money from claiming to provide the best hydroponic nutrients for plant growth. However many enthusiasts also see themselves making custom nutrient mixes for growth.
Nutrient mixes can be helped along with a basic knowledge of what plants need. Generally, macronutrients are first on the list – phosphorous, potassium, and nitrogen, among others, which are the main nutrients required for plant growth. Calcium nitrate, potassium nitrate, potassium phosphate, and so on may also be added. Finally, there are micronutrients, which supplement the macronutrients’ offerings.