Hydroponics is a topic that tends to fascinate anyone who hears about it. Yet despite this, few people make the leap from contemplating it to doing it.

The reason for this is most likely the incorrect perception that starting and running a hydroponic garden has to cost the earth and more. The truth is that all you need is the right hydroponics partner to work alongside you. As long as you have the basics in place, you’ll soon find that tending to your own hydroponic garden is more affordable than expected.

One only has to look at the news to see just how wrong the perception of hydroponics being expensive is. This method of farming has taken off in Kenya, where farm land is often unavailable to the average small-scale farmer or when the available soil isn’t healthy enough to support a full harvest.

And the reason for hydroponics’ affordability amongst farmers and it’s affordability for the average enthusiast is the same. Hydroponic gardens are incredibly efficient, requiring less water than soil-based growing methods do. It tends to produce the same yields in half the time, with some farmers seeing basic vegetables like lettuce taking 30 days to harvest as opposed to the usual 60. Less space is required for a hydroponic setup too and as it eliminates the usual pests and weeds that accompany planting in soil, you get to save on pesticides and pest control products as well.

Like most worthwhile endeavours, a hydroponic system does require an initial investment – you should definitely take care to purchase a quality grow light as well as hosting system. But once you have your quality essentials in place, you’ll find that your month-to-month costs (nutrients, fertilizers, etc.) are low.

Of course all of this is meaningless unless you are partnering with the right supplier. As a hydroponic garden is a long term commitment, you need to have access to one that can provide you with whatever you need, in addition to giving you advice when necessary. This is one of the most important components of a successful hydroponic garden venture – and it doesn’t cost a thing!