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Winter Gardening With Hydroponics

There are ways to enjoy gardening during the winter months.Winter Gardening

If you want to invest, buying a grow box is one such way.

And an automated grow box is the ultimate solution. Working long hours? No problem! Planning a vacation to somewhere warm for a couple of weeks? Start packing!

The answer has to do with the nature of hydroponic gardening, the modern tools that are available, and how an automated approach can save time and effort, while possibly improving plant outcomes in a big way all while you are away or just too busy at the time.

Automation provides real-time nurturing

In primitive traditional hydroponic setups, the idea was that daily monitoring is good enough. If plants got low on some nutrients, experienced erratic changes in temperature or Ph, or had some other kind of imbalance, the grower would come around and manually correct the issue at the end of the day.

Basic physics suggests that damage control after the fact is not as good as real-time problem fixes.

With automated monitoring and other tools, plants get what they need at the moment, not 12 or 14 hours too late.

Doing other things while gardening

Hydroponic growers don’t tend to dedicate 24 hours a day to the plants. They have jobs and families to raise, and they have other things to attend to. Sometimes plant cycles take a back seat.

Automation relieves the grower’s pressure and gives plants more support, so they don’t suffer from situations where gardening is really just an afterthought.

Take a vacation

Many growers who don’t have these modern automation tools worry too much about crops. They’re in there every day trying to keep things on an even keel – they’re afraid to go away for a day or a weekend.

Modern automated tools change all that. With the best hydroponic setups, you can go on vacation, take pictures of your to-grow environment for your smartphone, and watch as automated temperature, lighting, and pH value tools alter the plant environment without you being on-site.

Measuring Plant Conditions

In situations where growers do all the work manually, it can be tough to establish baselines and quantify changes to the plant environment.

Many of the most advanced monitoring tools do this automatically, which helps when a grower takes a trial-and-error approach over several cycles to give plants what they need.

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