Whether you are trying to be healthy or just love the taste of ginger, this recipe is both refreshing and surprisingly easy. This recipe is not directly related to the use of hydroponics, but it is too good for us not to share.
Add a tablespoon of honey per 1 cup of tea. I add slightly more ginger than the above for a more prominent and spicy ginger flavor.
If you prefer your tea iced, let it cool and add ice. Enjoy!
Whether you are using a hydroponic or conventional gardening, basil is one of the most resilient plants you can grow. This plant is also rich in vitamins and nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Calcium and Iron (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/basil).
Once the basil is ready for harvest, you will be amazed at the volume of herb you have. Use your basil in a favorite dish, to make an essential oil, flavor a crafted cocktail or make a homemade tea. A basil blueberry smoothie is one way to enjoy your crop and nourish your body with vitamins and yummy blueberries. Check out this recipe from https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/flat-belly-blueberry-basil-smoothie/ .
The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (“BEAM”), is a Jacksonville based organization dedicated to helping those in need. Their goal is to produce a beach community “in which no beaches resident goes hungry or is haunted by the fear of eviction.”
This goal is accomplished by providing low-income residents with food and shelter. They have been providing residents with sustenance from Grace’s Garden, their 7,200 sq. ft farm. Grace’s Garden features eight fruit trees, more than 50 raised beds, several herbs and a butterfly garden. A 16’ x 24’ greenhouse is also featured to help not only house, but nurture the most fickle of seedlings into sprouts.
BEAM is able to produce nutritional food year round through the use of their 12 tower gardens. These vertical growing gardens are perfect for food production in low income urban areas, as well as ANYWHERE. The hydroponics have been able to cut the growing time by ⅓, which is extremely helpful when feeding may residents who need assistance. This technique is also eco-friendly as it utilizes only 10% of the water used in conventional gardening.
In 2018, BEAM was responsible for 789,108 pounds of food distribution to those in need. This was accomplished through food grown from their garden, food donated to their both their pantry and food bank, and an overwhelming amount of goodwill.
If you would like to donate or volunteer your time, check BEAM out! https://www.jaxbeam.org/
Whether garden is indoor or outdoor, it can be difficult to keep it out of the reach of a curious pet. Below are a list of potentially fatal-plants, in addition to a few helpful points to keep your pet’s stomach happy and your mind at ease.
Refrain from planting or plant out of reach the following:
For a more extensive list, including plants which may not be grown in a dog accessible garden, visit: https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/poisoning-toxicity/e_dg_poisonous_plants
If refraining from growing the above plants is not a viable option, then the best way to keep your pets safe is through creating a barrier. Chicken wire works really well for most dogs, however, there is always a chance they may dig underneath.
If your hydroponic garden is indoor, an outside shed may be a good solution. You just need to make sure you have a UV grow light to guarantee that your plants are receiving the required amount of sun.
Motion activated sprinklers can help deter many cats and dogs from encroaching, as most detest being sprayed with water.
“Pet-friendly” plant species include:
If you want to grow your own nutrient rich food with very little time and effort, click here to order your system and join the vertical hydroponic garden community.
There are several different alternatives to traditional gardening. Depending upon which region you live in, an outdoor hydroponic system may be more practical than an indoor system. Here are some pros and cons to consider before making your decision.
If you want to grow your own nutrient rich food with very little time and effort, click here to order your system and join the tower gardening community.
The concept of vertical hydroponics is being adopting on both the large and small scale across the globe. While this approach to gardening can be easily assigned as a trend adopted by hipsters living in a metropolitan area, it’s much more substantial than what many social media posts display.
Several reasons why vertical hydroponics can work for you:
If any of the above reasons appeal to you, tower gardening may be the perfect fit, not just because you are limited on space.
The most involved part of vertical hydroponics is the set up. Once this has been established, you can make the process as easy for yourself as you want. For example, you may set your tower garden to a timer that automatically waters your plants, supplying nutrients at the same time on a daily basis.
If you want to grow your own nutrient rich food with very little time and effort, click the following link to order your system and join the vertical hydroponic gardening community: https://www.etsy.com/listing/565297523/oasis-hydroponic-farm-starter-kit?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=urban+farming&ref=sr_gallery-1-6&frs=1
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
As cold season approaches, it is important to be prepared. Did you know that your garden can help quell cold symptoms? Through drinking homemade teas and consuming Vitamin C, you can potentially shorten the “cold-season”.
(*Remember, this is an article on home remedies to alleviate cold symptoms. This is by means intended as treatment. If you are sick, see a medical professional.*)
Use the following fresh herbs to treat the corresponding symptoms:
Fresh herb tea recipe from https://chinesegrandma.com/2011/08/fresh-herb-tea/.
Vitamin C is an important source in fighting a cold. Your garden may aid you as a Vitamin C rich source. Harvest and enjoy the following plants from your tower garden to keep your immune system from sinking:
If you want to grow your own medicine with very little time and effort, click here to order your system and join the vertical hydroponics community.
Originally called Listen to the Land, Epcot’s Living with the Land is a must see for all ages. The attraction initially opened up in 1983 and has evolved over the years. The experience starts off with a relaxing boat ride, floating past several garden climates and greenhouses.
Mike Brassell’s voice narrates the ride with thought provoking facts about science, plants, and their relationship with the world as we know it. The setting changes from a rainforest thunderstorm, to the desert and then a prairie.
Prairie departure leads to the five different laboratories comprised of four greenhouses and an aquacell. The tropics greenhouse grows exotic produce such as pineapple, papaya and vanilla. The string greenhouse hosts plants that thrive on a more vertical scale featuring cucumbers, pumpkin, and tomatoes. Sunflowers and cotton live their best life in the temperate greenhouse, which is a hotbed for plants found in the dry regions. The creative greenhouse may be the most entertaining of the four. This house features unconventional ways to grow plants including directly spraying the roots. NASA also hosts a portion of this greenhouse which navigates through how they plan to use hydroponics for extended space travel.
Lastly, the Aquacell features many different animals which are considered crops for food purposes such as bass, shrimp and even alligators.
If you find yourself planning a trip to Disney within the near future, be sure to experience Epcot’s Living with the Land and maybe even check out:https://www.dadsguidetowdw.com/living-with-the-land.html
What do you think of when you hear the words “healing garden”? Many think of a lush garden bordering a stream with a mediation block and reflexology stone path……or maybe that is just me…..and the architect of the reflection pond conveniently placed next to my law school. Hydroponic gardening is expanding the purpose and presence of gardening into some of the most unexpected forums.
Volusia County Corrections Facility has infiltrated the use of hydroponic gardening into their system. The gardens are cared for and managed by inmates who are developing new skills and growing nutrient rich food.
The garden includes 24 towers growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The amount of food harvested from the hydroponics equates to thousands of dollars. Once the produce is harvested, it is then sent to a local rescue shelter for those in need.
The gardening helps both the incarcerated women and those attending the shelter. It has aided the inmates in developing a new skill, as well as serving a therapeutic experience, taking their minds off of withdrawals from drugs and the stress of being incarcerated and away from their families.
Like the human body, your plants need nutrients and vitamins. It does not take a green thumb to understand that most plants require water and sunlight, but is there another way to help our plants sprout to their full potential?