Create A Simple Hydroponic System
As i said at the top of this article, by keeping things simple you’ll be spending less money and using less time. The goal here is to create as much produce as possible in as short a period of time as is achievable. Simple systems are much more easily expanded at a later date if you so wish.
For the work at home hydroponic gardener who’s wanting to produce enough to make a profit then you’ll need a system that will enable you to keep things on autopilot, keep costs low and is easy to replicate over and over again. More importantly your system must be one which produces the fastest results. So you clearly need an active hydroponic system.
The three systems which spring to mind are the ebb and flow system which is very simple, the NFT system which is the most popular system with professional hydroponic gardeners around the world and also the aeroponic system which is capable of producing the fastest results out of all the systems. However, the system you use should depend on what exactly you’re growing.
You’re going to need a different hydroponic grow tent for each unique crop you’re growing. This is an investment, they are worth their weight in gold and then some, so don’t be afraid to get yourself one of these tents, they are magnificent. If you’re starting out then begin with just the one tent and then go on from there.
Purchase grow lights that are of high quality and do not use much power. It’s important to try and keep your costs down. When it comes to grow lights, the most expensive is not necessarily the best.
You can keep costs down by mixing your own grow chemicals, however if you’re not at this stage yet then there’s no harm in buying ready mixed nutrients.
Build Up A Good Local Customer Base
By following the above section, this should be a lot easier.
Obviously by keeping things local you’ll cut down on transportation costs and your produce will maintain its quality. You’ll also find that many local merchants may well come and visit you if you’re close by! They’ll want to see for themselves your hydroponic system especially if you’re a regular supplier of theirs. As with all businesses, networking is very important and you’ll be building up a network of regular buyers which you must treat like gold.
Once again, i’ll repeat that you should pay a visit to your local farm shops, farmers markets, restaurants and small grocery stores. Find out what they’re struggling to get hold of and if they’d be willing to pay money for a regular supply.
Stay away from chain stores, franchises and big businesses as getting hold of somebody with the authority to make a buying decision will be tricky.
Remember too, that you’re not competing on price or quantity. You’re not competing against the large Mexican farmers that export their small, average quality and soulless vegetables. You’ll be known as the guy who supplies large, rich, deeply colored, healthy and delicious hydroponic fruit and vegetables. For this reason, you can and should sell your products for high prices at the most exclusive restaurants in town.