Growing Your own Food
(the easy way 😀)
Have you ever thought about growing your food indoor? No? Now before you say that you don’t want a mess in your house with soil and manure let me say one word for you to think about: "HYDROPONICS". Don’t get alarmed if you don’t know what it is. I had never heard of it before either. Well, what s it then? Hydroponics is a way to grow plants in- or outdoor with only water and fertilizer. So, no soil or manure in your house. Just watch the short, 1-minute video here below to see how hydroponics work.
More than a Gadget.
You might ask yourself: "Why hydroponics?" or "Isn't this another new hype that will disappear after a few years?" Before I list the benefits of hydroponics for you, I can already tell you that the latter is not going to happen because hydroponics has been around for thousands of years. But apart from that: here are the benefits:
- Hydroponic agriculture needs very little water compared to conventional agriculture. The difference can be as much as 90%!
- In comparison with conventional agriculture, depending on the plant you grow, the yield on comparable areas is 3 to 10 times higher.
- If all parameters are set correctly, plants in hydroponic systems grow up to 2x as fast as conventionally grown plants.
- Because vitamin and mineral loss starts from the moment a plant is harvested it is better to keep the time until consumption as short as possible. In this respect, the vegetables in the store cannot compete with home-grown vegetables.
- Even if you live in an unfavourable climate for agriculture, you can grow your own vegetables indoors 24/7. So products do not have to be transported all over the world to reach your plate.
- The use of pesticides is not necessary, because in a controlled climate for plants, hardly any pathogens can be present indoors. It goes without saying that this is good for plant and human health.
- After all, with home-grown vegetables you can save thousands of dollars in your entire life.
As you can see in the picture above, a hydroponic system can be very large. But it really doesn't have to be. So if you don't have a lot of space at home you just build a small system. You can also buy ready-made indoor cabinets but I'll come back to that later.
The beauty of hydroponics is that you can build it the way you want, from super simple to super fancy. When you have a plastic bucket with a lid, some plastic hydroponic baskets, water, manure, a lamp and an air pump you have everything you need. And once you had your first harvest and you have gotten excited about this you can always scale things up.
Hydroponic vs soil
Watch this short video below and see what a difference it makes when growing plants in a super simple hydroponic system compared to conventional growing methods.
As mentioned before, you can make a hydroponics system as big as you want. But of course you don't have to. If you don't have space indoors but you do have a balcony, you could build a vertical hydroponics system of any size. From tiny to huge. In that way you don't lose a lot of space and you can still eat your own organic vegetables.
If you want to build your own system all by yourself, you can find anything you need for that on the internet. You can choose from tons and tons of hydroponic supplies to get you started building right away. A few weeks after your system has been working you can harvest your own grown organics and medicine.
But if you don’t want to learn everything from scratch, - which will always go with trial and error btw-, or if you are not the prototype of a gifted diy-person then you could consider buying a complete hydroponic system. Today you wil find full automated plug and play grow boxes and even grow tents. The only thing you have to buy extra is seed.
The big plus of complete system is that you can do all the growing indoor under controlled conditions so that you can harvest your vegetables during the whole year and not just in the summer season. You're not depending anymore on the weather. And if you use your own solar or wind power to run your systems this is not only good for your body and the planet but you'll also save a lot of money. After one investment your healthy vegetables will be practically free!
A nature we need, a nature that doesn't need us.
Growing your own Food is Best Education
It goes without saying that growing your own food is a perfect way to teach your children about the importance of healthy food and where this food comes from. Imagine the excitement you share with them during the whole growing process from tiny little seeds to a meal on your plate. So, not only the food is growing but also your children's awareness about how people are part of nature. A nature we need, a nature that doesn't need us.