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What is the benefit of using Hydroponic Soil versus Natural Soil?

After having a few discussions about hydroponic soil versus natural soil with some gardners and landscapers, I was told that usually natural soil provides a better yield in vegetable gardens than hydroponics.

Does anyone have any references to the research behind this statement? I have no idea where I would be able to find supporting claims for that.

Also, I am curious to know if TED has any opinion, or experience, on this. I find that research is crucial, but often hard to find. So, hearing first-hand experience would be very helpful

  • Jul 29 2013: 1. Significantly increased yields and shortened crop maturation cycles. - As no soil is used it rules out the possibility of soil born pests, diseases and fungi. This ensures plants are typically healthier than their soil grown counterparts.
    2. Troublesome weeds and stray seedlings among your plants are eliminated, reducing and almost eradicating the need for herbicides- Hydroponic systems are low in cost and easily maintained.
    3. Turnaround time between planting is trimmed, as no soil preparation is required beforehand.
    3. Hydroponic gardens lowers water cost and usage, as the nutrient solution circulates through the grow medium and drains back into your reservoir.
    4. Growing hydroponically is environmentally friendly as it uses much less water, and fertilizers also reducing the risk for pollution in the surrounding environment.
    5. Most hydroponic grow systems are isolated pests and wildlife are easier to keep away and eliminate.
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  • Jul 10 2013: Using a hydroponic solution helps control the chemicals the plants get. Using natural soil has a degree of chance.
  • Jul 10 2013: Well thank you for correcting me. Like I said, I don't know much about "hydroponics" but I have used it before, and I have gotten great results. I was only intrigued to learn more about using natural soil because gardeners have told me they have better growth in any plant they use natural soil to grow.
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    Jul 10 2013: Hydroponic gardening uses no soil at all. There is no such thing as 'hydroponic soil.'