We live in a very wet area and are next to a nature preserve which is a natural aqua filter system right in our backyard. Our lot is only a half-acre and has a ranch house on it. We have limited sun as the east and west are blocked by the house with direct southern exposure with towering trees shadowing the yard as the sun moves east to west. We have lived here for many years and have always attempted at growing a garden in these conditions. If that isn’t enough to conquer our summers are very short which makes the growing season a bit tougher to work with and plan.
I can remember getting my plants to grow in the soil, sewing the seed into the ground as suggested at the perfect time of the year. I would watch the plant grow imagining what it should look like and eating fresh vegetables. Well to my demise no matter how much I tried the plants would just start to peak with fruit when the first frost would hit in early September. What a dis appointment to see all the love and care die in one night and never get to see true adulthood as a plant. I was so discouraged from the results that I knew to do it again was futile but insane because I was not doing it right or my location was not the best. I would see other people have successful gardens in the local area and just figured I did not have the knack for it.
What changed everything for me was when the Great State of Michigan voted and passed the Medical Marijuana Law and I qualified as a patient to possess the medicine. Of course I like saving money and hate paying someone to do something I can do just as well if not better, so I started growing again, but this time it was indoors which is a whole new challenge. While growing in soil I researched Hydroponics and discovered Aquaponics and Aeroponics. While researching I found Aeroponics to be less space taking and allowing more production in a confined area. NASA had already done all the research and had proven they could even use the method in space to feed the astronauts.
As I transformed from soil to aeroponics I started small and with my cloning buckets. After assembling my first buckets and seeing plants clone in 14 days and not just one plant all of them I knew I had a way of maintain my stock of medicine. This method took me into taking the rooted plants into a larger container of 20 gallon tubs. When I saw how vibrant the plants where and how green and just healthy looking the plants were, it did not take me long to realize that this growing method was too easy. I found my green thumb and have not switched back. In matter of fact I have a full garden outside growing in a very small area.
I have learned much over the last three years and still have a ton more to learn, about plants. Now that I have a for sure way of growing I need to learn more about the plants. Things like what temperatures will adult plants keep thriving? How does keeping a plant at 16 hours light affect it? At what amount of light does the plant start to change to want to seed? The reason I am curious about this is because I want to have a garden year round with the help of my half hoop house off the back of our home.
In conclusion I think that using water and containers to grow food to be one of the coolest things because it can be done anywhere and keep you alive for long time. There is no doubt that raising fish to eat, using their waste to feed a garden to produce food for us and the fish is a sustainable process that we need to master to provide safe food for all but inexpensive food as well. Rent is already expensive enough to live on this planet, we should not have to worry how we are going to eat and be governed on what you are approved to eat. There are many startups all over the world and I invite you to join me on facebook at MyAeroponics page where I share many of these cool startups from all over the world and aquaponics have the most but people are finding out that using aeroponics in conjunction with aquaponics to be more efficient on conserving water and nutrients.