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Reusing Hydroton and Vermiculite

Hydroponic mediums can be reused a few times before discarding and there are a few very easy steps to clean them before using them again.

Before we get to the dirty part, here is a little background on what happens to these mediums when used. When plants grow on these mediums, their roots will try to cover as much space as they can occupy around these mediums to absorb as much water and nutrients they need. Whenever you harvest your vegetables and these roots die, bacteria and other pathogens will immediately try to decompose these dead roots . These decomposing bacterias have been present in your system from the start and they only feed on decaying or dead matter. CONTINUE ►►

Hydroton as Hydroponic Medium

Hydroton Closeup

Hydroton absorbs and retains water.

Hydroton is more commonly known LECA or lightweight expanded clay aggregates. These round ceramic shells are popular with aquaponic systems and is also a good medium of choice for hydroponic systems. Like many hydroponic mediums, hydroton retains water and light in weight.

This hydroponic medium is manufactured in commercial quantity by firing up clay to temperatures that could reach 1200 degrees Celsius. The result is a dark grey honeycomb core and a round solid outer shell. Water can easily penetrate the outer shell and the core stays wet until CONTINUE ►►

Vermiculite as Hydroponic Medium

Vermiculite Hydroponic Medium

Vermiculite is coarse and very light when dry.

Vermiculite makes one of the best hydroponic mediums for SNAP hydroponics. Like other hydroponic mediums, vermiculite is very light and retains a good amount of liquid for a period of time. It does not compact very tightly and for that reason, the roots have access to a good amount of both SNAP hydroponic nutrients and oxygen as long as long the vermiculite is not totally submerged to the solution.

Vermiculite like many other hydroponic mediums also makes a good potting mix ingredient. It CONTINUE ►►

Coco Peat as Hydroponic Medium

Coco Peat Hydroponic Medium

Dry Coco Peat in tile and brick form.

Coco peat is a popular potting mix ingredient and can be used as a hydroponic medium. Coco peat is a great hydroponic medium because it is very light in volume weight and It absorbs and retain water very well. Its water retention is so good that it could last long enough until you refill or water your hydroponic system. One of the benefits of using coco peat for your hydroponic system or even your potting mix is that it’s organic itself. It’s also very light in weight compared to soil or gravel and it can be CONTINUE ►►

Growing Veggies Through Hydroponics

SNAP Hydroponics Lettuce Deep Water Culture

Heirloom Yugoslavian Red lettuce grown hydroponically and ready for harvest.

There’s nothing more gratifying than the feeling of having on the table something you’ve worked hard for. May it be a fine dish you cooked for the last 3 hours the whole family loves or a box of the best pizza in town from your first hard earned bonus or paycheck. Putting in hard work and patience truly adds the thrill and excitement of seeing your friends or family enjoy something you’ve prepared for them.

There’s something truly delightful with having to pick fresh fruits and vegetables from the yard or by the window. Especially if this garden tree or plant was something you’ve taken cared of for weeks, CONTINUE ►►

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