Hydroponics is a technique that appears to be reaching maturity in recent years. Growing plants with no dirt per se is truly amazing, but there are a number of concepts that deserve your attention. Here are 5 amazing hydroponic concepts.
Sundrop Farms in Port Augusta, Australia paved the way for hydroponics in desert climates. By using desalinated water and harnessing solar energy, Sundrop can produce 15% of Australia’s tomatoes in one location. Approximately 23,000 mirrors reflect light to a tower, which collects the beam and then uses it to heat water, which in turn generates electricity. Countries with access to seawater and hot weather have taken note of this development, which began in 2016.
Comcrop in Singapore is showing the way to sustainable agriculture through the development of rooftop hydroponic farms. This island nation imports 90% of its food supplies, so it is clearly in an extremely precarious strategic situation. The short distance between farm, market and consumer is innovative. By reducing water consumption by 90%, the hydroponics company keeps its promise to make itself both environmentally friendly and a strategic resource.
The Tower Garden is a very simple concept that aims to produce great results. By simply stacking the harvest vertically, a company can make optimal use of the usable area and thus drastically increase the harvest yield. This makes perfect sense as there is little space available in urban companies. It is claimed that the plants take up 90% less space and can grow three times faster. Undeniably, with a PVC pipe and a few hours of work, you can build your own tower.
Aquaponics is when you coordinate fish farming with growing vegetables in a loop system. By collecting the waste from fish, the plants have the nutrients they need to grow. Iron, calcium and potassium are needed as supplements by fish. Nitrogen must also be added to the aquarium in order for them to stay alive. This method is a highly efficient system for providing fish and vegetables in a resource-poor market.
GI Grow Rotating Garden
The GI Grow Rotating Garden is another concept that proves that hydroponics is the future in agriculture. By placing the plants in an O-shape around the main light in rows, the efficiency returns are significantly increased. These rows of plants are then rotated around the main light, saving energy and space at the same time. It is possible to build your own system if you are willing to invest the time and expense.
Whatever your situation, there is sure to be a hydroponic solution that will suit you best. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on systems that you can build yourself. A little careful research could yield big dividends as hydroponics shifts from the hobby farmer to mainstream commercial farming. The good news is that you will never get your fingers dirty.