Hydroponics, urban gardening, and vertical farming are becoming increasingly popular in many places. The University of Illinois Extension has gotten behind it as well by offering information on how to DIY create a hydroponic garden. The article says that these types of gardens can produce up to 30 to 40 percent faster. They also say it uses up to 10 times less water than traditional farming methods. It also says pest and insect exposure is significantly less because the farms are usually housed indoors.
- Hydroponic farms can grow products 30 to 40 percent faster than traditional methods.
- Less water is used to create the product. The article says the method can use less water in amounts up to 10x less.
- The article also states that exposure to insects and other pets are decreased.
Quote: “The use of hydroponics has been documented as far back as the first century when Roman Emperor Tiberius grew off-season cucumbers under what was described as transparent stone. Indoor hydroponics systems can be constructed with items such as a five-gallon bucket with lid, net pots, a growing medium, an air stone and an aquarium pump.” (Walker, 2020)
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