For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.

Solutions to Hard Water Problems

The first and most obvious solution is to change the nutrient tank regularly. This will reduce the chances of phosphate accumulation and ensure maintenance of a good nutrient profile. Frequency of changes will depend on tank size and number of plants. In very hard water areas, however, a large amount of phosphoric acid will be needed to correct pH when nutrient is first made up.

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It is possible to used nitric acid to control pH. This will overcome the problem of phosphate accumulation but nitric acid is a very unpleasant and dangerous liquid. It should never be handled by anyone who is not experienced with aggressive liquids and all good laboratory procedures should be observed. Nitric acid will only solve the phosphate problem, it will not make any difference to the high levels of calcium and other minerals which will eventually accumulate in the tank.

The best solution by far is to use a specific formulation which is usually based on more acidic components. Hard water nutrients were formulated in response to demand from growers in various areas of the United Kingdom such as London, Thames Valley and other areas with very hard water. It was specifically formulated to correct the pH of alkaline water and minimise the amounts of phosphoric acid that are required to maintain it at correct levels. It also takes account of the other minerals to be found in hard water and use of this product will ensure the best possible results in hard water areas.

Another solution would be a reverse osmosis filter (RO unit) which will remove the mineral ions by passing water through a very fine membrane. The water produced can be very pure and will allow normal nutrients to be used with complete confidence.


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