“With great power comes great responsibility” (Benjamin Parker)
Pros of hydroponics:
- Growing anywhere. You needn’t fertile ground.
- Water can be reused, so hydroponics systems require 20 times less water than soil based gardening.
- Reduces nutrient leaching into the environment (and you save money)
- No pesticides, if you provide a sterile environment to the plant.
- Hydroponics systems need 20% less space for growing.
- You can have complete control over nutrient balance.
- Less labor. Hard tasks such as tilling, cultivating, fumigation and mulching are not required for hydroponic growing.
- Growing year round; season isn’t a problem.
- Crops grow faster in hydroponic culture than in a soil based growing medium.
- It is a proven technology that ensures high yields.
- Harvesting is easier. Growing is a relaxing hobby, stress-relieving and a great way to spend quality family time.
Cons of hydroponics:
- Installing a hydroponic system isn’t cheap.
- More supervision is required.
- Mistakes and system malfunctions affect plants faster, without soil acting as a buffer.
- Hydroponic gardens are affected by power outages.
- It requires the use of better water.
- Waterborne diseases spread quickly.