Choose the Right location for your Indoor Hydroponics

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I had set up hydroponics coir pots for cherry tomatoes in kitchen. My kitchen has this small area where the ceiling is made of glass tiles so I got enough sunshine not to invest much in indoor lights. Also it was easier for me to keep an eye on the crops while cooking.

I am not sure how many of you read the Rosebud Magazine but there was an article put up on their website for choosing the right place for your indoor hydroponics gardening. It states that location for hydroponics is essential as it involves investment of time, effort and money. A hydroponic grow should be at such a place where it’s easier to nurture your plants. You should be able to harvest more plants at one time say for example you should plant another breed until the first crop reaches maturity. I was really sceptical in doing so because I was a university student then and I wasn’t sure if I could manage many at one time.

Ok the article says that you should take care of the adjacent rooms or neighbours if the hydroponics system is making considerable sound or producing any discreet smell. It comments that often basements are the best location for setting up your indoor garden. They are out of the way of regular foot traffic, are well insulated for sound, often have no windows, and usually have ample access to water, electricity, and drainage.

Now mentioned in the article are some of the key factors to be considered while deciding location: (I have summarised the points in here)

Insulation:

  • Preferably, the spot has no windows, but if it does, you can cover and insulate them with “window boxes,” which insulate windows from condensation, sound, and light. They may also provide a source of fresh air intake or remove warmer, humidified air from the growing area.

Sounds

  • Fluorescent-lit and especially LED-lit gardens aren’t as hot but gardens lit with HID (high intensity discharge) lights require lots of cooling, which means having fans and air conditioners, or sometimes a combination of both.
  • Stealth gardens can be constructed in extreme circumstances, where virtually no noise is emitted, although sometimes compromising the overall performance of the growing environment created.
  • You’ll also need to think about acoustic tiling, which leaves a “dead space” between sounds and adjoining walls, so that vibrations (sound) are not transferred as readily to other areas.
  • Heavy gym mats can be used on the floor to help prevent sound from travelling through to the ceiling for dwellers below. Always make sure to cover floors with durable waterproof material, extending at least a few inches above the baseboard, to prevent any potential leaks and spills from causing water damage or leaking below.
  • It is possible to construct a room that houses a commercial CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) system in a multiple-storey dwelling. This is no small feat, as air conditioners, circulation fans, ballasts, and other growing equipment that tend to create significant noise levels when all running at once.

Electricity

  • Every indoor grow room requires electricity; often lots of it. The scale of your garden and growing system plays a key role in determining just how much juice you will need. The average household circuit is rated for 110/120 volts at 15 amps. This allows you to safely run one 1,000-watt HID light per circuit, with maybe a small fan also plugged into the same circuit.

Water

  • Easy access to plenty of water is essential. A single large plant can use four litres of water per day. All of this water will need to drain off somewhere, as well.
  • You need to wash away nutrient residues, which may be accumulating in the growing medium by over applying when watering. Large volumes of nutrient solution from reservoirs need to be emptied and refilled, at least once a week.
  • Keeping potted plants on hydroponic “flood” tables allows growers to configure a drainage system, whether by simple flow of gravity or by mechanical pumps through a hose and out.

Courtesy: Rosebud Magazine

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