Garden Fresh Thinks Outside the Soil
The true definition of hydroponics is “to grow without soil”. This means that plants can send their roots into any number of mediums that are not soil.
Hydroponics is often times misunderstood to mean “plants grown in water”. While this can be true, that type of irrigation is actually quite inefficient. The most widely accepted method involves drip irrigation into a medium called “Rockwool”.
Rockwool is produced by a process similar to making cotton candy. A particular mixture of sand and rock is melted at 1600 degrees Celsius and then turned into fibers by spinning the mixture to form a woven mat or cube. The tomato plants are planted directly into this growing medium.
As the irrigation water passes through the fibers of the Rockwool, nutrients are absorbed more efficiently than if they were simply allowed to stand in water or have water pass over the roots. This type of spoon feeding into this medium does several things that cannot be replicated in the soil by nature as Rockwool is very water absorbent, yet airy, not dusty and easy to use.
- Uses the efficiency of commercial, conventional agriculture and combines it with the “natural process” growing of organic
- Creates a sustainable and economically priced, great tasting product and
- Yields more than 10 times the crop of conventional growing methods per acre with less inputs
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