Here are some helpful conversion charts to make sure your measurements are correct. This is often an overlooked area in growing hydroponically or organically.
Guessing measurements can cause problems in your plants life cycle. Plants are like people, too much of one thing this is not necessarily good, and not enough of something can cause health problems. Use these helpful measurements with our feed schedules to help you accurately feed your plants.
Hydroponics Offers Many Benefits
One Gallon Converts To:
|4 quarts||128 ounces||768 tsp|
|8 pints||3.785 liters||8.34 lbs|
|16 cups||256 tbsp||231 cu. in.|
One Cup Converts To:
|8 ounces||48 tsp||0.23 liter|
|1/2 pint||236 ml||14.4 cu.in.|
|16 tbsp||0.52 lbs||236 gram|
One Tablespoon Converts To:
|1/2 ounce||3 tsp||15 grams|
|15 ml||180 drops||0.663 cup|
One Litre Converts To:
|1000 ml||4.328 cups||202.88 tsp|
|2.164 pints||67.63 tbsp||0.264 gal|
|1000 grams||2.22 lbs||1.057 quarts|
|3 tsp = 1 Tbsp||2 cups = 1 Pint||1 ml = 1/5 tsp|
|2 Tbsp = 1 Liquid Once||2 Pints = 1 Quart (32 oz)||5 ml = 1 tsp|
|16 Tbsp = 1 Cup||4 quarts = 1 Gal (128 oz)||15 ml = 1 Tbsp|
|30 ml = 1 Liquid Oz||240 ml = 1 Cup||3840 ml = 1 Gal|
One of the heralded benefits of hydroponic gardening is how it can alleviate poverty while simultaneously easing strains on the environment. Hydroponic gardening systems can be set up to recycle water and nutrients, greatly reducing the resources necessary to grow food.
Recycling hydroponic systems use as little as 10% of the water that traditional Hydroponics and Organics Experts requires, a tremendous benefit in areas entirely dependent on irrigation. Hydroponic gardening virtually eliminates the need for herbicides and pesticides, and hydroponic gardeners need only use about 1/4 the fertilizer that traditional gardeners require.
As the amount of arable land continues to decrease (over 10 million hectares per year are lost), another environmental benefit of hydroponic gardening will gain attention: Hydroponic gardens can produce the same yield as soil gardens in about 1/5 the space. And because artificially lit hydroponic gardens are not dependent on growing seasons, they can produce yields several times a year rather than just once. It has even been speculated that in decades to come, hydroponics will become a significant food source for over-populated urban regions, with people growing food on rooftops or in basements.
The Future of Gardening
"Gas and food prices are increasing, persuading people to take matters into their own hands." The National Gardening Association expects 43 million American households to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries this year." That's up 19 percent over last year, according to a household survey the group conducted in January (Sutter, 2009).
People are enjoying the satisfaction of growing their own food, the enhanced flavor and the saved money they benefit by doing it themselves.
"Environmentally friendly" has become a mantra amongst those wanting to preserve our planet and stop the exploitation of the very land we depend upon. With this, many are utilizing the benefits of composting and growing their own food. This trend to protect and sustain our fragile planet is one that will continue to grow in the future. The movement towards a more health conscious society is on the rise, providing an unmeasured opportunity for hydroponics and organic gardening.
Not only are individuals growing their own food, but restaurants and even grocery stores have implemented their own gardening centers to offer fresh, local produce to their customers. They have heard the voice of the people wanting uncontaminated foods grown in their own community.