35 percent of households in America are growing their food at home or using a community garden according to a special five year report by the National Gardening Association. This shows that people’s views on food are changing,especially the younger generations are more conscious about where their food comes from. During this time of food revolution, an industry growing at a rapid pace is hydroponics.
What is Hydroponics?
So, what is hydroponics? Hydroponics is a useful form of gardening that can be used in urban areas that have limited space to grow food. The main point of hydroponics is that the plants are growing without an inert medium, such as soil, but instead with nutrient solutions.
The desire for a more sustainable agriculture and organic growing of the food we consume has caused an increase in hydroponics and vertical farming. A vertical farm is being built in Dubai and aiming to produce 6,000 pounds of food per day using hydroponics. While this is a great step, the average person may be wondering if they should jump on the bandwagon.
Benefits of Hydroponics
Other than the clear benefits of growing fresh food in populated urban areas, hydroponics has several other useful benefits. This type of setup is more affordable than large gardening systems, it conserves water, produces higher yields, offers better results and saves labor. Even with all of these benefits, no system is perfect. There are a few common problems that are frequently associated with hydroponics, but they can be easily solved with proper storage on our high density shelving.
System leaks are caused by blockages in valves or tubes in your system. This can cause an overflow of water or pump failure, which would require repairs and time spent cleaning up the mess. A way to prevent this issue from occurring is to be proactive. This means cleaning out your valves regularly.
Keeping things clean
A problem that could put your vertical garden at risk is the potential of spreading diseases or pests throughout your hydroponic system. This can happen if your setup becomes messy or dirty. You can prevent this with a regular maintenance and cleaning schedule. you shouldn’t have to worry about unwanted pests or bacteria in your garden.
Air circulation is important because without it, moisture can build up and create mold. Once mold begins, it can quickly spread to the entire plant and even to the surrounding plants. With proper ventilation, mold is less of a concern. Air circulation is also beneficial to strengthen plants and encourage photosynthesis.
By using high density shelving, all three of these common problems can be solved. When trying to prevent system leaks, the rolling shelves make it incredibly easy to move amongst the plants, check valves and clean out any blockages. The moving shelves are also handy when it comes to cleaning. Moving shelves allow for you to get into those tight, hard to reach spaces that you may otherwise neglect. Lastly, air circulation is much easier to maintain with high density shelving because the shelves are open, can be moved and fans can be placed and moved between different shelving. Lastly, because it is so efficient, the shelves can hold a lot of plants while holding all the nutrient solutions without leaking. This makes for the perfect storage system for your own hydroponics garden.