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Castoponics

Aeroponic, Aquaponic and Hydroponic gardening is EASY! – No weeding, no critters, no soil diseases • Indoors or Outdoors • Fresh Veggies and Herbs all year long • Great kiddie, mommy-daddy project

‘Ponics’ gardening is easy to develop in strategic places; this means that the crops can be grown close to the market area or even in your home; therefore, reducing the cost that could have been used in transportation and this, in turns, automatically reduces the production cost, hence increasing the gardener profits.

Environmental Conservation

  • Growing substrates: This growth includes sand, gravel, peat moss, volcanic materials, and surplus agricultural products such as rice hulls.
  • Nutrients: Nutrients used in simplified hydroponics include both inorganic nutrients traditionally used in commercial hydroponics, and organic nutrients made of locally available materials such as bat guano and earthworm castings. In all cases, excess nutrient is recycled into growers, so no nutrient can runoff to the environment, and all nutrient is used for food production.
  • Hydroponics uses less nutrient material to feed their plants; these exist within a self-contained environment that can easily control the waste products. This is much better, as it prevents excessive use of fertilizers unlike in the traditional farming where more fertilizers are used and end up flowing into the rivers and spoiling the water to be used by the humans and the animals.
  • Nutrient management/Effluent mitigation-grow highly nutritious fruits and vegetables year round
  • Gardeners can use a variety of different growth mediums in which to place the plants; many gardeners use Rockwool, gravel, sand, or even coco coir instead of soil. Unlike the soil that supplies nutrients to the plant’s roots, these growth mediums only provide room and support for the roots to grow.
  • Water Conservation: All water used in hydroponic culture is applied to the bed grower and then the excess is gathered below and recycled to the growers the next day. Careful choice media minimizes surface evaporation and retains moisture in the root zone; it is naturally and continuously being filtered. Average water use for growers is from 2 to 4 liters a day per meter, or ½ to 1 gallon of water per ¼ to ½ pound of food grown.
  • 90% LESS water consumption
  • Hydroponics calls for less water and nourishment; in the system less water is used since the required water is supplied in fixed proportions and a controlled environment; furthermore, water is recycled in this system. This is very advantageous compared to irrigation where much water is wasted without recycling or in the traditional farming methods. This also reduces the farmers water cost, hence lowering the production costs.
  • Pest Control: In simplified hydroponics, pest control is maintained by physical barriers, natural sprays of garlic and hot pepper, Neem, and diligent inspection.
  • Reduced plant disease

Green Footprint

  • 75% smaller footprint-Less space required per plant; Aeroponics offers vertical production allowing even more efficient use of space
  • Rocket Mass heater
  • Solar Systems
  • Land Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Fish Conversation
  • Align food production with consumption

Land Conservation

  • Produce up to 6 Times as much per acre permanently
  • Hydroponic plants can be grown everywhere; it is said to convert any terrain into fertile farming land.
  • Large amounts of foods can be grown in small plots of land; this system requires only a small plot of land since the hydroponics produce faster growth of plants. The areas produce more foods per acre plot of land than the normal farming.

 

Energy Conservation

  • Solar Power
  • Bio-Gas Power
  • Reduce food transportation miles by growing locally
  • All simplified hydroponics requires hand pouring nutrient water over growers once a day, or twice a day using hand aeration of the floating bed growers. Since the growers are placed outside, there are no lights required to increase day length or growing season. Environmental control is provided by shade cloth, exterior garden landscaping, or hand-built shelter to retain moisture in arid climates.

Physical Health

  • No Tilling
  • No Watering
  • No weeding
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • Less amount of time and work is required in hydroponics gardening; the amount of work needed is very little due to the absence of the weeds that would require time to pluck them out. This method is time saving since no weeds are present only some few minutes are needed to check the nutrient levels and the harvesting processes.

 

 

Growth/Yield Amount

  • Plants grow 2x’s as fast
  • Prolonged individual plant life
  • Plants can be grown at desired height
  • Hydroponics can be produced at any season since they grow into their own controlled environment which is controlled and protected from predators like plant eating animals.
  • More control of growing
  • Bigger yields
  • Hydroponics provides the exact needs to the plants appropriately; this means that plants will grow fast depending on their genetics and compared to a plant grown to the normal soil, hydroponic plants grow faster, and they appear to be much healthier.
  • Hydroponic plants will grow larger; this is because you have full control over the plant’s environment to the optimal extent. However, plants access all the nutrients that they require and in the right proportions. Hydroponic plants are also said to grow 50% faster, this is because plants do not need to expand their roots to look for nutrients; they are already there in abundance and home hydroponics are said to grow extremely fast.
  • Year-round production possible

 

Health

  • Toxin Free Food
  • No GMOs
  • No Pesticides, Insecticides, Herbicides, Fungicides and all the other “cides”
  • With hydroponics, you have full control over your garden together with more optimal results.

 

Soil Rejuvenation

  • Crops can be grown where soil in unsuitable
  • Soil pathogens eliminated
  • No soil preparation
  • No soil diseases
  • No worries about clay, sandy, poor soil
  • No rabbits, woodchucks, chippies, deer
  • No slugs, earwigs
  • No extra fertilizing
  • No (surface) watering
  • No soil is needed in this system; gardening is done without any soil and it only uses 10 percent of the water used on the ordinary planting. Furthermore, the plants grown on this method have a higher growth rate compared to the normal planting. The faster growth is contributed by a highly controlled environment with the availability of more oxygen, water and nourishing substances for the plants.

 

Cost

  • One-time costs (lights, tubs, table, etc.)
  • On-going costs (growing medium)
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