Growing a traditional vegetable garden can be expensive, time-consuming, and you just never quite know what you’re going to get out of it. You can invest in raised beds which include top quality soil, treated wood, construction costs, plants and an irrigation system but then you’re at the mercy of the weather, pests and a limited growing season. Isn’t there a better way?
How Do Traditional Vegetable Garden Planners Work?
If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that it involves more than just going to the nursery or home improvement center and picking out a variety plants and vegetables that you like. You need to determine how much space is available in your yard, if you have full or partial sunlight, the high and low temperatures your plants will be subject to and how much water each plant needs.
To help you on this journey, Mother Earth News has a detailed vegetable garden planner which is comprised of finding the first and last frost dates in your area, facts about microclimates, garden bed designs, how to strategize with crop rotations and the importance of writing down detailed records to plan for the next planting season. If you need help tracking all of this information, even the old standby, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, has a vegetable garden planner app to help (if Benjamin Franklin could only see how far we’ve come since he published his farmer’s almanac).
While these types of garden planners may be great for the avid gardener, who has the time or money to invest in this overwhelming project? If you work full time, have a small backyard in the city or live in an apartment, tending a thriving garden seems like it’s out of your reach. However, with technology and creativity, you can have a productive garden that requires limited effort, time and space.
The Modern, Practical Garden
Growing vegetables at home isn’t just for those who live in the country or suburbs with ample land. Urban farming is the response for those seeking to grow GMO-free, organic produce that is healthier for themselves, their families and the environment. While traditional farming and garden planners involve plots of land, soil care, hours of sunlight and a degree in atmospheric sciences or meteorology (okay, not really but it sure seems like it), urban farming takes up just one square foot of space and can be placed anywhere in your home.
ROOT’s hydroponic garden system allows you to grow vegetables indoors year round because of it’s innovative design. This indoor vertical garden takes up minimal space (no garden bed needed), comes with industrial grade full-spectrum LED lights (so weather is never an issue), has non-GMO seeds and high octane organic plant food (no scary chemicals here) and everything grows beautifully so there’s no need to start a garden journal. ROOT also provides a smartphone app to remind you to water your plants and add fertilizer; you’ll never have to worry about coming home to a dry, dead garden that wasted precious time and money.
Does Indoor Gardening Work?
Everything new and different takes some getting used to, but indoor gardening is not just taking urban gardening by storm, but it’s influencing the entire industry of agriculture. In fact, a team of scientists and gardeners in Japan have united to create the world’s largest indoor farm. According to the Web Urbanist, “The statistics for this incredibly successful indoor farming endeavor in Japan are staggering: 25,000 square feet producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day (100 times more per square foot than traditional methods) with 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields.”
The best advantage of an indoor garden is that you take away the risk factors that hinder traditional gardening: weather, pests and too much or not enough irrigation. Indoor gardening allows you to control the environment for your plants to survive in which minimizes wasted water, space, seeds, fertilizer and energy while completely eliminating harmful pesticides and weed killers.
The smartest way to plan a year round vegetable garden is to get a ROOT hydroponic gardening system. The only thing you have to plan out is which herb and vegetables you want to grow now and which ones you want to try next.