MIKE’S GARDEN – AQUAPONICS
While I was doing research for this episode I discovered, met and became friends with an amazing person. Mike Garcia has a very successful landscaping business, in southern California, which has allowed him to pursue his passion to spread the word about Aquaponics. Aquaponics is an amazing way to grow healthy food.
It’s a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Mike say’s, “thanks to its automatic recirculating system, aquaponics does not require much monitoring or measuring.” Mikes also gets the added benefits of getting koi fish as pets! They are beautiful! Our Next Home crew got to tour Mike’s home garden and you don’t want to miss this!
VERTICAL GROWING – HYDROPONICS
We want to inspire people to have their own vegetable gardens large and small. The Next Home Project House has a smaller sized yard space and is located in hot, dry southern California and… we’re having a drought. So, when we went to create a vegetable garden we wanted to make sure that can be duplicated in even the smallest, hottest spaces, that wouldn’t use much water but would produce a lot of fresh produce… after some research, we are happy to have found Tower Garden.
Towers can grow 20 plants in less than 3 feet of space!
I’ve had a small vegetable garden off and on for some years. I like to grow my own food but don’t have lots of space or time. I heard about these vertical gardens and wanted to know more. So, I asked Tower Garden inventor, Tim Blank, and a local LA Urban Farms founder, Wendy Coleman to come to the Next Home Project House to teach us about vertical, aeroponic growing without soil.
The Tower is pretty amazing… it uses little water, reusing 20-gallons of water for many weeks in moderate temperature and in hot weather, the water lasts a week or two. It has a pump and waters the plants every 15 minutes.
And… I’m loving how clean it is! It’s much less buggy than planting in soil. The nutrients come from a mineral blend that is added to the 20-gallon reservoir of water.
We’ve had many delicious salads from the garden already!