Here is a fascinating video I found which explains Hydroponics:
Hydroponics is one of the more modern (although first discovered in the 18th century) ways of growing plants using nutrient rich solutions, in water, without the presence of soil. This may be useful for my Final Year Design Project, as there is may be a viable indoor solution. The advantages of Hydroponics are:
The water stays in the system and can be reused, which saves water, and adds to its sustainability aspects.
No soil is needed for seed germination so it is a cleaner process
Pests and diseases are easier to get rid of than in soil. This is because of the portability of the system
It is possible to control the nutrition levels in their entirety, which can produce higher, healthier yields, while lowering nutrition costs
Stable and high yields are produced again and again
No nutrition pollution is released into the environment because of the controlled system which once again adds to its sustainability aspects.
Bear in mind this is in no way a solution, just interesting reading which is related to my project.
In other related news, it is National Organic Week! This may be a very good time to gleam some information from people who are interested in cultivating organic produce. I shall be visiting a Farmer’s Market tomorrow so I will be sure to bring my journal.
Source and Further Reading: Hydroponic Gardening for Beginners