I’ve been looking to dabble in hydroponics. This is a method of growing plants mostly in water (hence “hydro”). As there is no, or very little, soil, you must introduce nutrients into the water for the plants to grow.
In theory hydroponics is a more efficient way of growing crops as it allows greater productivity per area than traditional farming methods.
In the Philippines there is currently a manufacturer of hydroponic frames. They will construct a frame based on your specifications (number of holes, whether is the horizontal or vertical type, etc.) and you can pick it up from their store in Laguna or have it delivered to you.
I’ve ordered from this manufacturer, Hydroponics Garden Supply (HGS) and was generally happy with the service and quality of the product.
It’s a good starter product but as you use it some minor problems do crop up: You’ll have to fuss around a bit to get the pump to deliver water to the tray (I suspect the provided pump is under powered) and the feed tubes for the water are so thin they easily get clogged up.
Along with the frame, HGS also provided seeds, a seedling tray, quality soil and most importantly 1 bottle each of Snap A and Snap B.
The Snap products are a Philippine invention, they’re the nutrients you mix into the water to ensure that the plants have everything they need in order to grow.
HGS claimed that there would be an instructions manual as well (I’m not sure if this was a manual for using the hydroponic frame or growing plants with the frame) but I did not find any.
I managed to grow a crop of lettuce which my family ate before I could take any pictures. I’ve started on a second crop though, experimenting with some things which will hopefully boost the yield.
I’m actually looking forward now to making my own hydroponic frame, based on other designs I’ve found online and the experience I’ve gathered so far.