Hydroponics Technology is an old technique, dating back to about 2600 years ago. It has its roots in the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the initial Seven Wonders of the World and the Floating Gardens of China. Though humans used these techniques thousands of years ago, the general theory behind hydroponics remains the same and modern technology enables plants to be grown even faster, stronger, and healthier.
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil. Water, which contains fertilizer is used in place of soil and the plants are grown in nutrient solutions with or without the use of an artificial medium, such as sand, gravel, vermiculite, rockwool, perlite, peat moss, old rubber tires, coir, or sawdust and expanded clay aggregates, to provide mechanical support. The nutrient solution is what actually makes the hydroponics technology what it is.
The minerals that the plant needs are dissolved into the water which is then watered directly to the plants. Instead of the plants searching throughout the soil for their minerals, they draw them directly from the water that they are being fed with.
With Mineral and Allied’s hydroponic systems, soil is not required for the growth of fodder and vegetables crops, thus allowing them to be resilient to climate change and grow faster. Hydroponic methods are more efficient and allow for higher amounts of production than traditional field farming.
Hydroponics fodder is highly nutritious and can completely replace conventional grains in feeding livestock. Mineral and Allied have created hydroponic nutrient formulations specific for particular crops.
These nutrient solutions are at the heart of hydroponic farming. By using hydroponic technology, one can grow fodder in just 7 days as opposed to 12 weeks and vegetables 30% faster than soil grown counterparts.
The resulting food product has superior nutritional quality, which in turn improves the health and well-being of your animal.