The success with the AeroGarden led me to research hydroponics and the pros and cons associated with them. I had no idea how large of an industry this was, or how many people are actively engaged in hydroponics as a hobby or a living. After researching hydroponics and the different systems available, I realized that it was an easy, compact way to grow herbs and lettuces indoors. However, hydroponics are quite expensive and can be very hectic to take care of.
Heading out to a local shop in the Bronx, I was able to get some great pointers, along with the following:
- Hydroton Clay
- Grodan Cubes
After that, I stopped by Home Depot for the rest:
- Rubbermaid Tub and top as Reservoir
- (2) 75-Watt > 5,000 K Light Bulbs
- Work Lamp (for electrical plug)
- Lightbulb splitter
All in all, I spent around $150 and have enough product to run numerous cycles. Hydroponic growing is a great hobby and an amazing way to grow fresh plants year-round. Nothing quite beats fresh herbs in the middle of February.