aeroponics vs soil

ORGANIC vs. AEROPONIC GARDENING

GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITATIONS

A geographical factor in common agriculture is a subject to consider before deciding to plant any types of crops. The topographical and ecological factors of an area affect the growth and health of plantations. Other areas are naturally more fertile and suitable for agriculture as compared to other areas. This posed a limitation on gardening or agriculture at large.

Aeroponic is not depended on soil or location for fertility, this being an in-house system which simply needs water, air and nutrients elucidates the geographical barriers modelled by traditional agriculture.

ENVIROMENTAL FACTORS

Common agriculture being in the open and dependent on natural resources and temperatures poses a great danger to plantation in conditions that can overpower the crops. This type of agriculture has been a success no doubt but it functioned with challenges such as hail, floods and draughts.

Aeroponic systems allows environmental controls, the temperature is controlled in the system and so is the amount of water and nutrient that the plants need are programmed accordingly.

SCALABILITY

Common agricultural scopes are depended on land and how fertile it is. If your garden measures to a specific size then that’s the scale you can extend to and nothing more. Aeroponic on the other hand applies a mobile system which can be places anywhere irrespective of the land scale. Extending your garden has never been this easy.

GROWTH FREQUENCY

Certainly you’ve heard of the saying “to everything there’s a season”, this is more evident in plantations where certain crops are only grown is specific seasons and their growth duration allows for two yield seasons. Aeroponic systems offers faster growth and thus making provision for more yield seasons in a year.

MANTAINANCE

Common gardens are not so easy to maintain. Plants get diseased for various reasons; foreign crops may grow together with your plants which you will have to uproot. The garden needs to be watered and fertilised continuously to ensure the health and growth of your plants.

With Aeroponics only the crops you planted will grow in that specific cup. There’s no transference of chemicals so your plants will not get diseased easily and you certainly don’t have to manually water your plants as this process is automated.

PESTICIDES

In a common garden you need to mitigate pests by using certain chemicals. As much as this are intended to control pests they are also not as healthy for your plants. Aeroponics is a pesticide free system so you don’t have to worry about your health of that of your plants,

LABOUR CONDITIONS

We have already engaged on environmental conditions for both this plantation methods with regard to plants but what about the gardener? Common agriculture exposes workers to the weather at that given time. Plants and workers are basically the same, if it’s raining then you will get wet as well and also in extremely hot conditions you get affected just like the plants.

The conditions in your Aeroponic system are controlled. For example; if you are planting tropical crops and yet you cannot survive in tropical conditions it’s easier to tone the temperature down for the duration that you need to work in the garden and adjust to the needs of the plants when complete. Finally you are no longer the same as your plants except after you ate them of course because you know “every man is what he eats”.

FRESHNESS

Traditional gardening needs to be harvested and transported. By virtue of removing it from the soil; the source of its life the crop loses its freshness hourly. Aeroponics harvesting is as easy as removing the plant from the net cup and enjoy the fruit of vegetation. The key factor is that its life was never dependent on the soil and thus harvesting it has no effect on the crop.

WASHING

It is a known fact that you need to wash your carrots, potatoes or tomatoes after the harvest. This is merely because of the pesticides sprayed to the leaves and general dirt caused by the soil. Aeroponic does not use pesticides nor do you plant on the soil so the procedure is that of ‘Pick and use’.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

Aeroponics life span is generally higher than organic grown food and you are probably asking why?

Removing the crops of the soil by means of harvest drastically reduces the life expectancy of the plants. The use of pesticides also shortens the expectancy by posing health risks to the crops. Aeroponic systems do not use both soil or pesticides and thus increasing the life expectancy of the plants to ten times that harvested from traditional gardens

Traditional and organic gardening are both dependent on soil, not just any soil but fertile soil suitable for the type of plants you want to grow. Both this methods involves preparing the ground by means of tilling and fertilisation, making sure there’s a balance of soil, sand & tilt in your ground. You also need to ensure that large stones are removed from the ground to avoid your plants being choked to death. Traditional and organic methods with no doubt require a lot of effort to certify attainment.

Hydroponics is a method succeeded by Aeroponics. This method like Aeroponics does not depend on soil but it has a dependency on water. All the nutrients needed are mixed in water and the roots of the plants are dipped in the mixture. Hydroponics compared to Aeroponics need more attention as the system doesn’t allow much automation if any at all. Hydroponics have proven to be costly compared to Aeroponics.

Aeroponics on the other hand is a fast and effective system. With the correct setup in place you have speed in the plantation growth, Freshness and mobility of your garden. This is the type of gardening possible without fertile soil or enough land to start your gardening. Aeroponics offers much more compared to all other forms of Gardening. As you read further you will discover the best practices for any Aeroponics system, the advantages and some disadvantages associated with this system.