Hydroponic Technology

Fun Dive Into Deep Water Culture

We foray into DWC — an active form of hydroponics.

JM Heatherly
Weeds & Wildflowers
5 min readMay 6, 2024

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Photo by Bayu Widhi Nugroho via Shutterstock

“Grow food without soil.” Since its rise in popularity, hydroponics has made many bold claims. These claims were amidst great devastation at the time.

Soil mismanagement caused the Dust Bowl in the early 20th century. And its crop failures hastened the Great Depression. Of course, people’s ears would perk up.

Half of habitable land on Earth is now used for farming. Important coalitions like the Save Soil movement advocate for building healthy soils. Yet we have a growing population of 8.1 billion people on Earth. We continue to disrupt habitat for human sprawl, and our food demands keep growing.

At some point, we need to consider sustainability and more ways to grow food. We could grow in empty lots throughout towns. Install rooftop gardens. Hydroponics offers us another option, as well. Let’s swim deeper into the subject of Deep Water Culture.

Photo of Dust Bowl in SD 1936, by Sloan via Wikimedia

Active vs Passive Hydroponics

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JM Heatherly
Weeds & Wildflowers

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