Want to grow food as fast as possible? This article is for you. I want to talk about hydroponics and how AquaShield could help you to operate and monitor your setup. Hydroponics is one of the most commonly used methods for growing (mainly) vegetables and fruits at home.
As you might know, with hydroponics the plants are grown in some kind of growing medium (soil-less) and a perfectly balanced, pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots in a highly soluble form. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. And this is why hydroponics is so widely used, even for commercial food production.
There are a lot of pros and cons to use such a system, but I will highlight the most important.
With hydroponics you will be able to produce your own – high quality – food, so you could save money and help the environment at the same time (food doesn’t have to be transported to your home). Also with hydroponics your plants will grow 2-3 times faster than in a traditional soil based garden. This method uses only 10 % of the wateris used at traditional food production methods. Also, food grown this way can be produced year-round in much less time. And it requires much less labor than traditional farms.
The initial setup costs could be high, depending on the hydroponic system you choose (there are like 6 basic systems). In a complex hydroponic setup you have to control on a time based schedule your active components, like pumps, valves, lights and air pumps. There are all kind of control units, but the pro versions usually cost a fortuneand hard to setup or operate. Hydroponic farms also require constant supervision and monitoring. The amounts of nutrient solution, lighting, and oxygen that plants receive are have to be carefully monitored (also it is a good thing to know what you have to keep an eye on).
SO IS IT WORTH IT?
We think hydroponics is one of the best methods for producing food at home easily, even in small places. What’s more, this technology could solve food related problems at commercial production, like the water usage, weather conditions or pests. So, yes, despite the difficulties, it is definitely worth to try.
What’s more, with our project you won’t have to worry at all:
HOW TO OVERCOME THE DIFFICULTIES?
At this time, we are working on the best hydroponic controlling and monitoring device, which could secure your system. With AquaShield you could have total control of your mini environment. With AquaShield, you will be able to:
- Set up rules for operating your pumps (based on time, temperature or the humidity of the growing media)
- Control your grow lights (you will be able to adjust the amount and type of light to the plants growing phase for maximum growth speed and yield)
- Monitor PH, and also send notifications to your phone or email if you’re needed to intervene (no more pain with filling up test tubes and dipping test strips)
- Oversee the nutrient solution in real-time (checking EC constantly and sending notifications for you to change it in time, so you won’t burn your plants)
- Check your hydroponic system’s status with all the key indicators anywhere, even from your phone
- And much, much more
We are at the test phase of our product, so if you are interested (or want to take part in our beta test) subscribe here.
We are getting close to finishing the project, so stay with us, soon we will be back with more information!