I first got interested in organic farming from Jamie Oliver’s ‘At home’ series. I probably never did any of his recipes but there was a gardener called Brian. He looks over the garden and give various tips about treatment and efficiency. From basic ‘growing potatoes in a compost bag’ to forming zucchini trees.
Now that was my cup of tea.
While now I am a self-sufficient organic gardener, I constantly look for better ways to garden. Today I want to give you basic introductions on most efficient modern ways of gardening.
I may follow up with detailed series, or you will have to do research yourself. I don’t know yet because I haven’t tried them all by myself. Whichever is the case, by understanding the options, doing research won’t be hard to.
We will be looking at hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, bioponics and vermiponics. While not all of them are purely organic, but there is also benefit to that. You know exactly what nutrients you put in and, if you really want to, you can
This was my first introduction to soil-free gardening. I was fascinated by how efficient some systems can be. For instance, you can make two-story or three-story hydroponic slides. As I mentioned above, you control the type and amount of nutrients you put in. As the plants in the system are places in an ascending order, the plant takes what it needs and after all plants have been served, the water returns to the original tank.
I have tried aquaponics as it’s very similar to hydroponics. You need a small generator to run the water through the system. You also need nutrients. The same except nitrogen. Because in this case, nitrogen is provided by a connected tank with fish. Naturally, harder to maintain but also more organic.
In aeroponics, as the name suggests, the roots of the plants never reach the water. Instead, the nutrient-full water is sprayed onto the roots. The plant takes what it needs, the rest drips off to the original tank.. And again, like casino slot sites, everything spins around and around.
A huge benefit of aeroponics is its stackability. 30-feet tall? 100 feet tall? In a modern airport or middle of nowhere? It’s all good.
I know what you are thinking. Do you need nutrients for everything? But sadly, yes. Either from soil, or other resources, the plant needs resources to grow. Soil-less and indoor garden already provides a ton of benefits. To make it 100% organic is very hard. But possible.
But bioponics at least tries to right the wrong, so to speak. It was created by Bioponica and to quote them fish in this system ”derive nutrients from dissolved solids of grasses and microbes”.
Vermiponics is similar to aquaponics. However, instead of fish, you use worms that provide some of the nutrients. It is not a soil-less system but, to my mind, it’s currently the best combination of what organics and modern farming can produce.