There’s an old saying that as a beginner “You don’t know what you don’t know”. As with any hobby, this holds true to hydroponic gardening. I recently thought to myself, now that I’ve been hydroponic gardening awhile, what advice would I go back and give myself when I first started the hobby?
I posed this same question to the followers of my Hobby Hydroponics Facebook group to gather some more ideas. Here are some of the best pieces of advice we would give beginners looking to start a hobby hydroponic garden!
When starting my first hydroponic garden I made the mistake of trying to build too big of a garden. I wanted to have one of each type of system and grow a variety of different plants, which was a mistake.
Looking I didn’t have as much time to fully take in what I was learning from my success and mistakes. There was just too much going on
When first starting hydroponic gardening it’s best to keep things simple. This goes for both the type of system and the types of plants you grow.
Some hydroponic systems and methods have easier maintenance than others. Start with a simple system like a 5-gallon hydroponic bucket or DWC system.
When I first start getting into hydroponic gardening I was having trouble finding good information. That’s why I started this website.
Luckily there is a lot more information on hydroponic gardening compared to what there used to be. When researching hydroponic gardening it’s a good idea to check out:
I’m kind of biased when it comes to websites. I’ve found there are not a lot of websites out there that present hydroponic gardening information in a simple easy to digest way. One website in addition to NoSoilSolutions that I would recommend is Epic Gardening.
One of my favorite places to learn new things is Youtube. I don’t have a person in particular I recommend, but there are many videos of people doing different product reviews, tutorials, and comparison experiments.