An Introduction to Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil, but can be a bit intimidating when you first start. The Kratky method is a great way to learn the basics.

An Introduction to Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil. The concept is simple, but can be intimidating when figuring out the best way to get started.

  • "What method do I use?"
  • "What equipment do I need?"
  • "Which nutrients are best?"
  • "What plants should I grow?"

I've found that the easiest way to start growing hydroponically is what's known as the Kratky method. With the Kratky method, you remove the need for any special equipment and are left with a nutrient filled container requiring very little maintenance.

This method works best with leafy greens or small herbs, and can be set up without spending a lot of money. All you need is

First, mix the nutrient with water. For something like MaxiGro, you can mix one teaspoon with a gallon of water.

Next, fill the mason jar with enough water that about 1/3 of the net pot is submerged while sitting on the rim of the mason jar. This ensures that the rockwool will stay damp and allows moisture to reach the seed.

Finally, add your seed to the rockwool, and place the rockwool inside of the net pot. Over time, moisture from the rockwool will allow the seed to sprout, and roots will grow into the jar. As the roots begin to absorb water and nutrients, the water will be depleted allowing the exposed roots to obtain oxygen.

Once the plant has fully grown, you can harvest it, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and celebrate that you successfully grew your first hydroponic produce!