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Hydroponics – What is it?

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. The nutrients in hydroponics can come from an array of different sources; including byproduct from fish waste, duck manure, or normal nutrients. - wikipediaA Brief history of HydroponicsAncient examples of humans adopting technique of hydrocultureHanging Gardens of Babylon created in  3rd Century BC was the first of the seven ‘wonders’ of the world that used up 8,200 gallons of water a day. There are trees and plants in small man-created fields constructed on top of roofed colonnades which gave an impression of plants suspending in mid-air.An illustration of the gardens by the 16th century Dutch artist Martin HeemskerckAztecs and Chinese developed a similar system of floating gardens. In Aztec, their engineers created “floating” gardens using rafts anchored to the bottom of the lake, or to a strong tree. On these rafts, they piled dirt and muds to plant seeds to grow chilli peppers, corn, tomatoes, beans, and squash. These raft garden became extensive gardens reaching up to 22,000 acres across the surface of the lake. Marco Polo discovered similar floating gardens during his exploration of China in 13th centuries. A
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