What Is Vertical Gardening?

The perfect way to increase your possible food production in a small space without reducing harvest quality! While square foot gardening has its uses, vertical gardening gives plants better air flow, which in turn, reduces pest and disease issues. Better still, you’re not limited to growing in soil. In fact, you don’t need any ground space at all! Vertical gardening means growing up, not out. Anyone on a tight budget will find it wonderful that it’s possible to build your own vertical gardening system, whether they want to grow food in traditional container mixes or turn it up a...

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What Is Closed System Hydroponics?

It’s the exact opposite of traditional agriculture, and most forms of hydroponic growing are closed system hydroponics. In any conventional farm field, you find open system growing. The farmer must continue putting nutrients in the form of fertilizers and water in to get a harvest out of the system. Why? Because all the inputs drain to waste, which is really bad for the environment. You won’t find any closed system hydroponics farms contributing to the blue-green algae blooms in rivers and lakes! That all comes from fertilizer runoff in the traditional open system method of growing food and industrial...

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What Is Hydroponic Farming?

Simply put, hydroponic farming is high-volume food production grown without any dirt or conventional fertilizers involved. It allows growing food anywhere throughout the year, regardless of ground soil conditions, water limitations, and climate. It offers increased food security, uses less water and plant nutrient inputs than traditional agriculture, allows pesticide-free farming, and makes growing some crops possible when doing so outdoors and/or in native soil is impossible. Advancements in technology also make it possible for a farmer to control important food benefits like flavor, aroma, and vitamin and phytonutrient content. But doing so requires total control of the crop’s...

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What Is Passive Hydroponics?

You can’t get a more simplified form of hydroponic growing than a system that uses passive hydroponics principles. In its most basic form, it provides water only beneath the plant roots. It doesn’t recirculate. The nutrient-rich water is there until used by the plants. There are two types of passive hydroponics: soilless and soil. Not dirt, like you, find on the ground, but soilless potting mix, which in the hydroponic world is known as ‘soil’. In true soilless passive hydroponics, all the plant’s nutrients are available only through the water in the reservoir. Yet, when using a potting mix,...

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Meet Seedo: A Fully Automated Grow Box

Size isn’t everything, and so it is with this new hydroponic and fully automated grow box. For most,  Seedo’s appeal will come from it’s sleekly designed cabinet, remote app control, and monitoring, and getting a harvest simply by having one. Just plug it in, add some water and seed, and voila… any crop is perfectly grown for you. But there’s more to it than that. Seedo offers the indoor gardener a totally closed environment. The maker, Seedolabs, promotes this feature as ‘hermetic’ like the jars that protect the contents from whatever fate awaits it if exposed to external conditions....

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