Modern technology has developed grow boxes that help gardeners with limited space to enjoy the benefits of gardening. These grow boxes are designed to provide for plants either through traditional soil gardening or through hydroponics. Nutrients are supplied to the plant to help support limited the plant's limited light and space for growth.
Many grow boxes have been improved with recent technology by combining traditional soil planting with hydroponics. By taking the grow box and placing it above a tank of water, roots are exposed directly to nutrient-enriched water. This provides plants with resources that won't deplete over time.
There are many different types of grow boxes in existence. Some were developed from reused aquarium or stacked platforms. The main requirement for most of these is to expose the routes directly to the macronutrients they require for growth. Air pumps can be attached to circulate these compounds and keep the water from becoming stale.
Grow boxes are typically designed to last long term. They can be relatively difficult to set up and transport after being filled. Many gardeners choose these boxes when purchased for their aesthetically pleasing design, especially when compared with short-term earth boxes. Be careful when planting in traditional earth boxes because of limited root space. The plants' roots may become tangled and their overall growth diminished.
Both hydroponic and traditional grow boxes can benefit from nutrient pumps, which can provide food for the plant and regular watering. Enriched water that becomes stale can inhibit the plant's ability to absorb, starving the plant from nutrients within. Modified water pumps, misting systems and automated drips are forms of nutrient pump systems available.
Indoor gardening is ideal for gardeners in urban areas or with limited space. Also, when properly done, it can be accomplished year round with some plants. Hydroponics technology can improve soil content and allow plants to reach their potential without taxing the gardener.