Gardening is one of the most popular past times in the world because, it requires a minimal expense, enables you to stay physically active and the work that you do will help bring beauty to your neighborhood and help the environment as well too.
In life, nearly all things come in a spectrum. There are economical cars that supply people with reliable transportation, and there are luxury or sports cars that are opulent, impractical and expensive to own, insure, operate and maintain. The same swath of options is laid out before anyone who wants to get into hydroponics. Indoor gardening can, in fact, be an expensive proposition rife with costs that would make a model train enthusiast blush.
Rewards Exceeding Risk
There are ways, however, in which one can fashion a productive grow room (regardless of what it is one wishes to produce) without a budget rivaling that of NASA. It requires some inventiveness, and sometimes the best solutions may run afoul of conventional wisdom, but the rewards can easily exceed the risk. It’s a constant learning experience, with on-the-job training being standard operational procedure.
The Controlled Environment
A good growing environment must be insulated from the weather and from the insect kingdom. Microscopic organisms may also befall your indoor crop, but there are natural remedies that involve living microbial arsenals. Controlling all of these things (and more) comes with practice and research. The DYI approach will also save money in the long run.
As far as lights go, there are any number of makes and models. High-pressure sodium lights provide the “amber” part of the spectrum on which plant life thrives, and it may be less expensive – and may improve proximity – to run multiple, lower-wattage HPS lights (in the 300-400 watt range) instead of a single higher-powered light that may cost more. Bulbs are delicate. Lights also require ballasts, and along with things like pumps and timers, a grow room can run up back-end costs in the form of higher utility bills. Efficiency is key when selecting hydroponic electronic devices.