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Hydroponics: a healthy hobby or a hi-tech hype?

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Revisiting Hydroponics: Hydroponics is by no means a new technique. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was believed to be a hydroponic garden. But it hasn't become popular, particularly in India, where land was not a limiting factor. But now it is!

People living in crowded city streets, without gardens, can grow fresh vegetables and fruits in window-boxes or on rooftops. By means of hydroponics all such places can be made to yield a regular and abundant supply of fresh greens. Other advantages include faster growth combined with relative freedom from soil disease, and consistency in crops, the quality of produce being excellent. Weeds are practically non-existent.

There is every need to promote this technique among city dwellers by conducting awareness campaigns, training and competitions. Internet resources can play a pivotal role in acquiring and sharing knowledge and experiences pertaining to this technique. In my opinion it is a very meaningful avocation/occupation.

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Greater benefit by this process is no soil is needed

The greater benefit by this process is no soil is needed. This is a Godsend for those of us who happen to have absolutely terrible dirt. With hydroponics, you can have a garden that produces bumper crops without the expense of amending the soil or having large quantities of soil brought in. On a much larger scale, this makes hydroponics great for locations such as Antarctica, atolls, deserts, and even one day - space station.

Please note that this is the opinion of the author and is Not Certified by ICAR or any of its authorised agents.