30 November 2012, Canada, USA: If I say hydroponics, what is the association you will normally think about at the first shot. Naturally, you will think water. Isn’t it? Yes this is a branch of growing plants, veggies and trees organically using hydroponic nutrients. Hydroponic vegetable gardening is like a boon to any plant. Plants not only grow faster and bulkier but they retain all the necessary nutrients and provide immense health benefits. Moreover, they also taste crunchy and juicy. It’s like waving a magic wand over the crops and voila they bloom so wonderfully that you eat them at the first look. There are different methods of growing veggies hydroponically. Some few are Aeroponics, Ebb & free flow, Continuous flow & Bubbleponics. All methods differ in their composition and medium but they all work on Hydro principle that is they are water dependant. The advantage of hydroponic farming is that it uses less water as compared to traditional farming methods thus saving substantially for the farmer. Hydroponic farming is done in a controlled environment thus giving a disease free environ for the crops to bloom & grow. The plant life cycle is at its optimum level in Hydroponic farming method. The absence of soil gives ample space and oxygen for the crops which move their roots freely in the nutrients. Hydroponic also gives the crop extremely high yields and voluminous growth which is impossible in traditional farming. Once parameters such as temperature, nutrients, air, water is set in Hydroponic structure, it’s a cakewalk with what happens next. The crop just blooms! Nowadays Coco coir is deemed to be an excellent medium in hydroponic culture since it has perfect PH value and excellent air flow through the fibres. There are different hydroponic mediums which can also prove effective when used at an optimal level. For eg: Solid medium like peat, gravel, coco coir etc are effective for good air circulation. So also liquid nutrient techniques like Bubblephonics, Aerophonics, ebb & flow method, continuous flow methods etc..prove very effective for giving high crop yields. The main advantage of Hydroponic gardening is the bulky growth it provides to crops & the water savings. This means there’s more return on investment for the farmers . Hydroponics is also called as solution culture coined after extensive research by many leading researchers on soil nutrients techniques. Many researchers were of view that water nutrient culture is far effective than soil culture. Hence developed countries went on extensive usage of this technique under controlled conditions. Greenhouse type structures gave a feeling of terraced farming and people readily accepted the concept. So what’s your take. Are you all willing to accept the concept or just go with the traditional farming methods which will give nothing but low and substandard yields.