Getting Creative With Hydroponics

Monday July 1, 2013

By Christie D'Anna

One of the coolest hydroponics systems I have come across was an outdoor Nutrient Film Technique system. I love hydroponics and think that each system has its own inherent beauty, but even I must admit that the plastic, metal, and oftentimes artificial light can be kind of an eyesore. I'm used to seeing hydro systems tucked away in a closet, garage or basement.

This one, though, was outside and connected to the natural world around it. The hydroponic vegetable garden was surrounded by a traditional flower garden and channel used for the nutrient solution had been integrated into a waterfall filling the pond below the garden, ensuring that it was completely sealed to avoid any cross-contamination. I could barely even tell the channel was there! This garden incorporated the high-tech, optimal conditions of hydroponics with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

I thought it was a wonderful thing to see, and it inspired me to incorporate a little bit more of a decorative element in my own garden at home. After so many years it was wonderful to see a garden that inspired me so much, and so unexpectedly!

What ways have you gotten creative with your hydro gardens? If you have any ideas, tips or stories I'd love to read them in the comments!


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