I remember visiting my grandparents when I was a kid, and grandpa always had a garden going with various vegetables that were ready to eat. He’d ask me to run out and pick a tomato or some green beans or look under the leaves to find a crookneck squash and bring it in so grandma could make it for dinner.
Today in our (sub)urban hustle-bustle living, who has the time or energy or even the space for it anymore? As a renter, I certainly can’t tear up what little yard we have without pissing off my landlord.
I worry about what chemicals are sprayed on crops these days, how many people have handled my produce before it gets to my plate, and even how much nutrition has been lost between the farm and my kitchen because it was grown in another country.
But we’re in the 21st century now, and we have all kinds of amazing technology at our fingertips. Why can’t we have something that actually grows healthy food to feed my family without a ton of effort?
Aeroponics Gardening in a Small Space
You’ve probably heard of hydroponics, which is growing plants in a horizontal water medium and no dirt. That’s cool, but I don’t have the space, equipment or patience to build some contraption like that.
Instead, there’s a sister to hydroponics called aeroponics. The plants grow in a small vertical space with the roots exposed to the air, and nutrient-enriched water is dribbled over the exposed roots.
What’s crazy, is it uses 90% less space, 90% less water and the plants grow 30% faster than traditional methods. Even if you don’t have a back yard, and only have a corner of your house or a balcony, you can grow up to 32 plants in a vertical aeroponics garden.
Do you have a brown thumb like I do? I’m too busy to try to remember to water things too (I’m REALLY good at killing plants).
With a simple home-based aeroponics system, it’s fully automated, and I don’t have to lift a finger except to add more water and nutrients every week or two. I get more SUPER fresh veggies than my wife and I can eat, so I share some with the neighbors. We literally pick it and put it on our plates without washing it. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
Free (Sub)Urban Gardening Workshop
If you’re thinking of growing a spring veggie garden this year, but you’re dreading all the work that comes with it (soil prep, spading, fertilizing, watering, weeding, discouraging critters from eating your stuff, etc.), join me in my free workshop.
Wednesday, March 3
12 pm PT/3 pm ET
I’ll show you exactly how it works, my own real-life results, and how my wife and I are saving well over $1000 per year in food costs by growing food in the corner of our dining room.
Note: Registration has passed, but you can watch the replay now.