Do I need much space?
One of the advantages of using hydroponics is that you can utilise whatever space you have available to grow. For example if you don't have a garden, it's possible to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill, in a porch or conservatory, an indoor grow cabinet or even a hanging basket outdoors. Because the plants are not competing for nutrients you can plant closer together. This means that you can grow more plants in a small area than would be possible using soil-based growing.
Greenhouses and polytunnels are ideal environments for hydroponics, which can be used to complement soil based growing. Di, our gardener uses both methods in her own growing houses, thus maximising her growing area. Our new keder house at The Achiltibuie Garden has been designed to maximise the growing space available - at ground level we have raised beds for soil based growing and our hydroponic channel system with pyramid pots to grow tomatoes and cucumbers. The staging is dedicated to hydroponic systems for growing salads, herbs, strawberries... We have customised supports for channels and NFT gullies to be able to make the most of the light and space at the top of the growing house. Our self watering hanging baskets will also be used to grow tumbling tomatoes and flowers.
The range of hydroponic growing systems available from The Achiltibuie Garden online shop include compact growing kits that can be used wherever there is good natural light. Our NFT polar gully system can be wall mounted and can add to the growing area available - filled with flower plants it would provide an interesting feature to any conservatory.