If your space is limited or you just don’t like to make a mess with soil, try growing your garden in water.
It’s also the best solution for anyone who can’t master the art of watering plants properly.
Many foliage plants will grow in water.
This method permits the use of many interesting and unusual containers and allows for flexibility of plant arrangements. Although growth will be slow, the plants will remain attractive for a long time. You can use any receptacle that will hold water for the containers for your water garden. Avoid those made of copper, brass, or lead, however.
Once you have chosen a container,fill it about three-fourths full of a support material such as florist’s foam (your best choice), crumbled styrofoam, gravel, pearl chips, pebbles, coarse sand, marbles, beads, or any other similar materials. Use your imagination. A small piece of charcoal or a pinch of powdered charcoal added to the support materials will help prevent the water from turning foul.
Next, prepare a dilute water and fertilizer solution using a water-soluble fertilizer at one-fourth the recommended rate. Add this solution to the support material.
Keep the water-fertilizer solution at the proper level by adding more to the container as needed. Every four to six weeks, replace the nutrient solution. If green algae becomes a problem, change the water solution more frequently or use an opaque container.
For more indoor,outdoor, and hydroponics information, please visit San Diego Hydroponics & Organics website.