Home gardening, which has mainly been “square foot gardening” has been a popular hobby for as long as anyone can remember. In high school history class we learned about World War II and how patriots were encouraged to grow their own Victory Gardens so that farmers could send their produce to “the boys” fighting overseas. In the 1960s, some scientists were trying to find better uses for atomic energy through “radiation-induced mutagenesis” plants for the home gardener… um, no thank you.
By 1981, Mel Bartholomew coined the phrase “square foot gardening.” His idea was to build a 12’ by 12’ square garden in the backyard and to divide it into a grid composed of one foot squares. Each square would be comprised of a different type of plant. The purpose was to create “living mulch” and with plants planted so closely together, the number of weeds invading the garden was greatly reduced.
Now, let’s fast forward to today. With more people concerned about organic produce plus the immense advice that the Internet provides, it’s no wonder that gardening is more popular than ever before. However, traditional home-based square foot gardening still has a lot of the same problems that plagued horticulturists of the past: it takes up a lot of space, you need to remember to water constantly or install an expensive drip system and fickle weather can ruin your crop.
There’s also the problem of insects and rodents destroying your plants. Pesticides can put you at risk both as the home gardener and as a consumer of produce purchased at the grocery store. According to Nature.com, “Pesticides are stored in your colon, where they slowly but surely poison the body. You may not realize this, but when you are eating a non-organic apple, you are also eating over 30 different pesticides that have been sprayed on the apple. Even if you wash a piece of fruit, such as an apple, there are still many pesticides lingering on it and they could have seeped into the fruit or vegetable. Strawberries, apples, carrots, celery, spinach, grapes, apples, cucumbers are just a few types of food that you should not eat if they are not organic because the pesticide level is the highest on them… After countless studies, pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD, and even birth defects. Pesticides also have the potential to harm the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the endocrine system.”
Fertilizers are equally dangerous since many are made with hazardous chemicals. The SF Gate reports that fertilizers that have “arsenic and lead are believed to cause cancer, and mercury, also found in some fertilizers, can result in developmental problems… mercury, lead and cadmium are slow to break down in soil and thus result in prolonged exposure, making even low levels of these elements hazardous and increasing risk of birth defects, cancer and reproductive problems.”
For decades scientists have tried to help home gardeners with their atomic crops, fertilizers and pesticides, but the risks to public health and the environmental are definitely a concern. Even now GMO foods are cause for public concern. Fortunately, we have a much better (and SAFER) way to grow our produce without genetic modification or dangerous chemicals: hydroponic gardening systems.
What’s a Hydroponic Garden System?
ROOT is the premiere example of what a hydroponic gardening system should be. While it looks like something that could be found in the chicest of homes or in the year 2050, it is an advancement in home / square foot gardening like nothing ever seen before.
Why Consider ROOT for Square Foot Gardening at Home?
Taking up just one square foot of space, ROOT can grow 12 different plants at one time using no soil and minimal water. What would usually take 120 square feet of space now is condensed into a GMO-free, organic vertical garden. You can feed your family fresh, delicious produce that is better than anything you can buy at the grocery store without the worry of pesticides or harmful fertilizers. Equally amazing is that if you don’t have a green thumb, ROOT has an app that connects to your smartphone to remind you to water and care for your thriving garden. Even those who live in dark, crowded apartments can grow their own garden since ROOT has energy efficient LED lights to provide the essential “sunlight” that your plants need to grow.
ROOT is taking square foot gardening to a whole new level by using advanced commercial grade hydroponics, nutrients, and LED lighting… this is future of farming, and it is now available to everyone. It’s more than a trend or a mere hobby… it’s a lifestyle, a very healthy lifestyle. It’s taking control of your health and committing to living a better life without the fear of dangerous chemicals.