Environments for Vegetable Cultivation
Vegetables are adaptible and can be grown in a plethora of different environments. They can be grown via aquaponics, hydroponic systems, patio planters, greenhouses or raised bed structures. As long as vegetables have access to minimum levels of sunlight, water and organic matter in the soil, they can easily be grown anywhere. Alternate ways to grow organic vegetable plants
Aquaponics is a symbiotic relationship between fish farming and vegetable cultivation. Plants get thier nutrients from the fish waste converted into nitrates, while the fish are fed manually by the aquaponics keeper. In this type of plant environment soil is not needed. This helps keep out soil born insects thus eliminating the need for pesticides.
With aquaponics, chemicals are not needed either. The biofilter of beneficial bacteria naturally filters the water along with the continual flow of water over pebbles in the grow beds. This keeps the fish tank water clean for the fish. The system stays free of toxic debri with minimal monitoring by the owner.
Also, aquaponic ecosystems can be designed to fit in available spaces. The water is recycled through the system, which reduces the need for extra water. There are many types of aquaponics systems to choose from depending upon your needs. Some of the more popular ones include deep water culture (DWC), nutrient film techniques (NFT), and vertical towers.
Hydroponic systems are similar to aquaponics systems in that the vegetables are grown in water. Rather than in soil, the roots are grounded in an immobile base such as moss,clay, or just dangling in the water nutrient media. Plants grown through hydroponic systems grow faster than soil-raised plants. The acidity of the water and its nutrient content must be carefully monitored to ensure successful plant growth.
Greenhouse Vegetable Cultivation
The primary advantage of greenhouses is the ability to grow vegetables out of season. Greenhouses give the gardener much more control over the climate then they would have outside. Large-scale greenhouses can have multiple climate zones within the same structure, allowing for the simultaneous cultivation of a wide variety of vegetables.
Raised-Bed Vegetable Gardens
Raised-bed vegetable gardens protect vegetables from the dangers of low-nutrient or polluted soil. This technique allows growers to use optimum soil types and isolate it from damaging foot traffic which could compact the soil and impede root growth.
A raised-bed garden should be set up in a location that gets at least six hours of sunlight daily. The soil in raised-beds gets warmer faster, so gardeners can start growing spring vegetables ahead of schedule.
Growing Vegetables in Patio Planters
Gardeners living in urban settings can still grow vegetables in pots and other planters on their decks and balcony’s. Although there might not a be a lot of space, you can still come to expect thriving vegetables to grow as long as you follow these tips:
Use optimun organic planter mix in the pots.
Be sure they are placed on the deck where there is at least 6 hours of sun exposure daily.
Build a drip system that waters the pots with an automatic controller and valve that will keep them moist enough to match the weather conditions.
It’s best to choose vegetables with shallow root systems unless the planter is very deep. If vegetables don’t have enough room for their roots in the planter, their development will be inhibited. Vegetables should be planted in nutrient rich soil with fertilizer, and the planter should be placed in a location that sees at least six hours of daily sunlight.