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Urban Farmer: * Vertical Garden * Fodder Solutions
February 01, 2017

Volume 3, Episode 14

February 1, 2017


 

I have a secret garden,
Where I can laugh and play.
I have a secret garden,
Often it's there I stay.

~By: Bella (Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/secret-garden)



VERTICAL GARDENING

Have you ever thought about starting a vertical hydroponic garden?

 


One look at this picture will help you understand why vertical farming might just be the best growing option for your hydroponics farm. 

Vertical hydroponic farms have the potential of providing lots of produce, even when you have limited available space. The term "vertical garden" means plants climb UP, instead of sprawling OUT.
 

Advantages Of Vertical Gardens

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 Maximizes a minimal amount of growing space- Just provide with adequate nutrients, and you can grow a lot from just a few pots.

* Brings gardening to the urbanite- Many city folks do not even have a tiny yard available for gardening.  Gaining in popularity are community rooftop or terrace gardens, shared by multiple gardeners, which take up little space. With careful planning and the right hydroponic system, an amazing amount of crops can result. For this reason, many urbanites choose to grow vertical gardens on a co-op basis.

We have recently produced a new section in our website called "Growing UP!" Give it a looksee when you have the time. We explore 2 very interesting and prolific vertical garden systems which might interest you.

 

     

 


FODDER SOLUTIONS

So what the heck is fodder anyway? If you have any livestock on your homestead, like horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens or rabbits, then you probably know what fodder is!

Fodder is green leafy material that has been cut and gathered for the purpose of feeding livestock. When the animal has to search for and harvest his own pasture, it is called forage.

The hydroponic method of gardening is tailor-made for production of rich, clean and nutritious home-grown fodder. It's actually kind of like producing giant "sprouts" to feed your livestock. You can do this on a large-scale basis, like for a small farm or homestead housing grain/grass eating animals. You can even grow fodder on a very limited basis, as a supplemental treat for your handful of rabbits or fowl.

To read about larger fodder producing systems, visit this new page: Fodder Solutions

We are also playing around with a small, home-made fodder system we came across plans for (photo above). We'll let you know how this comes out and if successful, how you can get your hands on the plans and make your own. For future updates on this unit, don't miss your Urban Farmer E-zine issues when they show up in your mailbox!

 


Hydroponics In a Nutshell

Having trouble understanding the principles behind the many different hydroponic systems? We came across a great little article put out by Oklahoma State University Extension Service which explains them all in easy-to-understand language and diagrams like below:

Click here to access the 4-page booklet.

 


 


TIP OF THE MONTH:

Do you need to plant your hydroponic vegetables according to the seasons?

If your hydroponic vegetable garden is going to spend all its days inside, in air-conditioned comfort, then the crops you grow won't need to be matched to the seasons.


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Happy farming Ya'll!

   

        

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