Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hydroponic Lettuce - 9 Advantages

By Charlie Jackson

If you're thinking about growing your own hydroponic lettuce then you've probably chosen the easiest of all vegetables to grow hydroponically! They are also delicious and you can make money too!

Below are some reasons why you should grow your own hydroponic lettuce.

1. As you're not growing them in the soil, you're not going to have that soil taste that is just so darn hard to wash off lettuce. You know what Im talking about don't you!

2. No soil borne disease will be passed on to your lettuce. This is a big problem for many gardeners.

3. There will be no need to eliminate any soil loving pests, so you will save money on pesticides! As a result your lettuce will remain organic! We all know how slugs love to go for the lettuce first don't we!

4. Running costs will be approximately 20% lower with hydroponic lettuce once the initial costs and set up have been taken care of.

5. Maintenance time is greatly reduced! You don't need to water hydroponic lettuce as all the nutrients are already there and weeding does not exist with hydroponic gardening. All you really need to do is pick your lettuce once it's ready.

6. You will have permanent lettuce yields if you space out your initial seeds by a period of 1 week for the first 4 weeks. This is due to the hydroponic growing phase being 4 weeks for lettuce.

7. You can grow hydroponic lettuce anywhere; rooftop, window ledge, conservatory, corridor, greenhouse, garage or bedroom.

8. Hydroponic lettuce tends to grow an average of 40% larger than their soil born brothers. This is due to the fact that you have manipulated the growing environment to be optimal for lettuce. They will also have access to all the nutrients they need.

9. Hydroponic lettuce also grows much faster than other lettuce. This is mainly because the roots don't need to grow and spread out to find nutrients in the soil. This means money in the bank for you!

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