Growing your own food is beneficial for your health, your wallet and the environment. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that can easily be grown in a hydroponic system. Home-grown produce tend to be more nutritious and flavoursome than store-bought produce and are available year-round. Imagine being able to cook a meal using fruits and vegetables you have just harvested from your hydroponic setup. 

 

Some plants are more suited to hydroponic systems than others so to get the best out of your setup, start with these easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables. 

 

Lettuce

 

A great staple for every dish, lettuce does exceptionally well when grown hydroponically. It is best suited to cooler temperatures and additional lighting. It should also be grown in a well-ventilated room to prevent bacteria and mildew. 

 

Tomatoes

 

Tomatoes are best grown from cuttings rather than seeds and require staking or other support systems to keep them in an upright position. Raising them in a controlled environment gives them less chance of developing diseases, helps their growth and gives a greater fruit yield. 

 

Strawberries

 

Strawberry crops grown hydroponically produce a lot of fruit and can be set up all year round, outdoors or indoors with artificial light. You can also use cuttings after the plant has fruited to propagate new strawberry plants. 

 

Cucumber

 

Cucumbers grow quickly in a hydroponic setup when conditions are perfect. They are best grown in semi-tropical conditions with a high temperature, humidity and light intensity. They also need a constant supply of water and nutrients. 

 

Blueberries

 

As blueberries are quite sensitive to the pH levels in soil, hydroponic systems are ideal for cultivating them. Controlling the pH content and nutrients can produce a big healthy crop which can save you from the pain of buying expensive punnets at the supermarket. 

 

Herbs

 

Having fresh herbs on hand for cooking will make your dishes stand out. Herbs like Basil, Coriander, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary and Sage can all be grown in hydroponic systems and flourish with the right pH levels and lighting conditions. 

 

Growing your own food is sustainable, affordable, satisfying and can encourage healthy eating. Hydroponic systems can help you get the best out of your plants and provide you with fresh fruit and vegetables all year-round. Hyalite has a wide range of hydroponic systems to suit every home. Contact us to see how you can start growing your own food today.