A few years ago, my husband and I decided to try experimenting with hydroponics and indoor gardening. I’m always trying to find ways to grow my own food during the long winter months, and hydroponics is a great option. If you’ve never heard of hydroponics, it’s a way to grow plants without using soil. Instead, the plants are grown in a water-based solution that contains all the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.
Experimenting with hydroponics and indoor gardening
Hydroponics has become very popular over the past few years, so it’s pretty easy to find an inexpensive starter kit these days. We started by buying a kit that is large enough for one plant. I figured this would make our first experience with growing hydroponically easier, and much less scary.
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It wasn’t difficult to decide what to grow either, a pepper plant was the obvious choice for us (we eat a lot of peppers). So we bought a small jalapeno pepper plant to put in our hydroponics system, and added a few grow lights. We started our hydroponic system in the fall, and the plant continued to grow larger through the winter – until and sure enough, the very first pepper started to pop out in January. January! It was so exciting.
Then more peppers started to grow, and we had our first harvest of our hydroponically grown jalapeno peppers that February. Wow, there’s nothing like harvesting fresh jalapenos when it’s below zero outside! Now that the plant is mature, it produces fresh jalapenos all year long.
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Pepper plants are easy, low maintenance plants that will grow for years in the right conditions, and they are an excellent choice for indoor gardening. In the few years we’ve had our hydroponic system, our jalapeno plant has gotten pretty large and we’ve even had to trim it back a few times. It really loves going outside during the summer too.
It’s fun to experiment with different ways of growing your own food, and hydroponics is a great way to grow food indoors year round. If you’re interested in growing food indoors, consider giving hydroponics a try. Harvesting fresh produce in the dead of winter is a real treat.
Have you ever experimented with hydroponics and indoor gardening?