Vegetables are flexible and can be cultivated in a number of different environments. They can flourish using aquaponics and hydroponic systems, raised beds, outdoor patio planters, greenhouses, and more depending on your resourcefulness. As long as your crops have access to enough sunlight, water and proper soil types, they can quickly be grown pretty much anywhere.
Aquaponics is a combination of fish farming and plant growth. Vegetables feed on nutrients supplied by the conversion of fish excrement into nitrates. This is done by the bacteria colonies that grow in container media, also know as Grow Beds. The water is cleansed by the activity of the bacteria and the constant flow of water over the media of pebbles in the grow beds. This creates a clean environment with minimal monitoring. Also, with an aquaponic system, soil is not needed.
There is no need for chemicals or pesticides in an aquaponic system. Because the there is no soil, there is no media for insects to live in. Chemicals are not necessary because the
biofilter created by the beneficial bacteria naturally keep the water clean.
Another benefit of aquaponic systems is that designed properly, the components that make up the system take up very little space compared to a conventional garden.
The water is recycled throughout the system and minimizes the requirement for added water. Different kinds of aquaponics systems are available to suit your needs. These include Grow Media Containers, NTF systems, Floating raft designs.
Hydroponic systems are comparable to the aquaponics types in that the plants are cultivated in water. The design is founded in a media base such as moss or clay, instead of soil. Vegetables grown via hydroponic systems can develop more quickly than soil-raised plants. The level of acidity in the water and the various nutrient components must be meticulously monitored to make sure effective plant development.
Greenhouse Vegetable Growing
The key benefit of greenhouses is that veggies will have longer seasons to grow in. Greenhouse gardeners have more control over the climate inside to keep the vegetables healthy. The bigger greenhouse structures can have multiple environment zones within the building, permitting the synchronised growing of a wide range of vegetables.
Raised-Bed Veggie Gardens
Raised-bed veggie gardens shield veggies from the dangers of contaminated or low-nutrient dirt. This strategy permits gardeners to choose their favorite soil and and at the same time, keep foot traffic from damaging the crops and compacting the dirt.
The raised-bed should be built in an area that has 6 hrs or more of sun exposure daily. The soil in raised-beds tend to mainain warm temperatures which allows the gardener to plant the vegetables earlier in spring.
Growing Vegetables in Patio Area Planters
Garden lovers living in city environments can still enjoy growing vegetables by using pots and other types planters on their balcony’s and decks. Using optimum potting soil will help to grow thriving veggies. Just be sure that the pots are positioned in an area that gets enough sunlight.
You can even set up a drip system with a automatic controller so that the plants get watered properly when you are unable to do it manually.