If you’re looking for the ability to have a fully integrated hydroponics system then you’ve come to the right place. After we’ve peaked your interest about growing your own food using hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics you’re probably wondering how you can have your own unit, and fairly easily. Some system components can be quite complex and meant for commercial use or expert growers. But what about beginners or those looking for simple, fully integrated hydroponics systems?
Interest in localized growing has increased yet urban landscapes no longer support traditional farming and greenhouse operations in high density areas. But if we want to maintain the ability to be connected with our food then we must understand the synergy between agriculture and our buildings and why it’s so important. Agriculture in our urban settings – especially within buildings – improves health, conserves water, reduces energy consumption, cools and heats structures, and reduces waste. Not to mention the obvious benefit of food production! Growing your produce closer to home results in a healthier planet, and a product enriched with nutrients rather than compromised by chemicals. The concept of “buildings that grow food” has been under development for years. Dr. Ted Caplow coined the term building-integrated agriculture (BIA) which typically operates through closed-loop hydroponic systems. This form of integration has helped both individuals and businesses achieve localized food production goals.
Integrating agriculture into your urban lifestyle is easier than you think. People are looking for unconventional ways to farm in the city. Soilless gardening is one of the ways to incorporate growing into your life, while having control over what you grow. Purchasing components separately can be time-consuming and costly. There are however, solutions for urbanites and hobby growers. We know you’re busy and want systems that are simplified. We also know that these systems shouldn’t break the bank. The following are examples of fully integrated hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics systems for the home or office.
Fully Integrated Hydroponics System
The GH WaterFarm complete hydroponic system allows growers to grow up to five small plants in one self-contained unit. The WaterFarm has a 4 gallon reservoir and comes with a nutrient set called the 3-Part Flora Kit. Additionally, this unit even comes with an air pump and clay pebbles for your grow medium.
Fully Integrated Aeroponics System
The Tower Garden is a vertical aeroponic system that works both indoors and out. Because of it’s vertical design it’s the perfect solution for small spaces like balconies, rooftops, patios, or offices. This closed-loop system efficiently conserves water, delivering more nutrients directly to the plants’ roots.
Fully Integrated Aquaponics System
The Aquaponicals system from the Aquaponic Source is a small, tabletop-sized aquaponic garden. It comes in a kit with everything you need to get started (minus the fish). The Aquaponicals system can hold up to 4 smaller fish in a 4-gallon reservoir. It’s size and low-maintenance requirements make it perfect for your home, office, or classroom.