Kitchen Garden:

Growing Plants With No Extra Water

Suppose you don't grow veggies in your backyard. Or you don't have a backyard at all, living in a nifty urban apartment block. After all, vegetables available at any grocery store don'r cost a fortune. Reasonable way to save money. But not water, since we all know how abundantly it is used at conventional vegetable farms. Let us explain to you how to grow organic veggie supply for your household and spend water on it widely. Now your environmental consciousness is at an unattainable height!

Kitchen garden on the balcony is both a cool choice for your health and a pretty decoration of the home. Modern urban farm has no longer anything to do with granny's sprouts in yoghurt jars. Decide first: veggies or herbs! Choose wisely, for the second option is much easier. You could grow green onions, dill, parsley, basil, lemon balm and mint, as well as some varieties of lettuce.

Kitchen garden is an awesome supply of fresh organic herbs and lettuce

You could as well grow some species of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, radish, bell peppers and even strawberries! All you have to do is adjust the light/shade option and pick the right selection of the plant.

How to grow a vegetable garden. The most progressive and modern method has long been considered hydroponics . The plants are grown not in soil, but in a special substrate, dissolved in water or periodically flooded. It does not require huge territories either. The best method for the novice urban farmer is hydropot, a pot standing in a pot filled with water and nutrients. The pump delivers the required amount of the nutrient solution to the roots, and also lets the air flow freely. Hydropots are not very expensive , and growing plants does not require much effort. However, this method is suitable only for the herbs and ornamental plants of any kind. It would be too expensive for plants with large underground parts, since they require too much water and fertilizer.

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Another method is a system of periodic flooding of the substrate. You can build them yourself , or you can buy a prebuilt one. Don't be put off by the word " flooding ", because water is used several times. And the whole system consists of a pump equipped with a timer, that is connected with the pots filled with substrate (expanded clay or gravel), and the feed hose and the tank for nutrient liquid. Fit the entire structure on the balcony. Plants do not tolerate dry air of city apartments: optimum humidity for growing most vegetables is 50-60% , whereas in some apartments it is less than 30%.

Plants require humidity, give it to them!

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