Garden In Bottles: The Final Frontier In Farming

They say that the “world is an oyster if you approach it with open mindedness..”, it’s so true.

As I dug my hands deep into the soil to plant a basil, my hands hit a bed of pebbles. Not a handful of soil could be excavated despite the rake desperately trying to scratch through the rocks. I wondered what would happen if we had no soil left to plant tress.

Just then a new idea struck me. What if I used only water- no SOIL? Sounds impossible right? With that began a new chapter: HYDROPONICS.

HYDROPONIC means “water working” or the greek words Hydro meaning Water and Ponos meaning Labor. My new found interest took the better of me and I started to get deep into the waters. Soon I realised, this could be the NEW-GEN method of farming. Garden in bottles: Hydroponics – The Final Frontier In Farming!

WHY HYDROPONICS?

As a keen STEM educator and environmentalist, I have a huge interest in the art of growing plants hydroponically. So what is HYDROPONICS exactly?

Put simply, hydroponics is the growing of plants without soil and with a minimal amount of water. This works by injecting mineral nutrient solutions directly into a tank of water and then inserting the plant into the growing tray, providing everything the plant needs to thrive in virtually any environment. 

I use hydroponics to grow my own herbs and vegetables indoors including basil, mint, spinach and lettuce.  There’s something incredibly satisfying about being able to eat something that you’ve grown yourself from nothing more than a tiny seed and some treated water.  The satisfaction of this small but important piece of self-sufficiency is matched by the therapeutic benefits of gardening which, for me, calms the soul in an increasingly fast paced world. So you can certainly say it the Garden in bottles.

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CURRENT HYDROPONIC FARMS:

Manhattan based start-up, Bowery, recently made headlines with its revolutionary new way of space, water and resource saving food production which it has termed ‘post-organic’ produce. This farm of the future uses no soil and 95% less water.

 

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With our world becoming increasingly overcrowded, it sometimes seems that every available inch of space is being filled with apartment blocks and other housing, leaving precious little room for the natural world.  Forever innovative, New York City has tackled this problem by introducing vertical farms into its iconic landscape.

Vertical farming is becoming increasingly more popular throughout the world for the growing of hydroponic plants including herbs, vegetables and medicines.  Vertical farming involves the growing of plants in a special, vertically stacked, environment. 

As well as saving on precious space, other advantages of vertical farming include:

  • The ability to grow crops all year round
  • A significant reduction of fossil fuels
  • Most importantly, the ability to grow crops without being at the mercy of the weather.

HYDROPONICS: SIMPLE STEPS FOR A HYDOPONIC SYSTEM AT HOME.

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WHAT IS NEXT? Space gardens? Mars plantation?

Vertical farming of hydroponic plants is the future in more ways than one – as scientists become ever more convinced of the possibility of humans being able to exist on other planets, food scientists are already tackling the problem of what they will be eating.  NASA claims that it will be in a position to send people to Mars in as little as 10 years time and, food scientists say that, the hydroponic growing of fruit and vegetables will play a pivotal role in sustaining those people in an atmosphere so very different from our own.

Whether it’s in outer space or back here on Earth, its space, resources and money saving properties mean that vertical and hydroponic farming is an idea that’s growing on more and more people every day.

So what do you think? Want to start a Hydroponic garden today?Let’s give it a try – Garden in bottles.

9 Best & Easy Summer STEM Activities For Your Kids

As the school year draws to a close, children everywhere are eagerly looking forward to those precious few weeks of freedom – and parents are asking the age old question; how do we keep the kids occupied and avoid the dreaded cry of “I’m bored” ? The answer can be summer STEM activities for kids by Wizkids Club.

Filling the days productively, particularly in bad weather, can be a constant nightmare for parents – especially those on a budget but, fear not, our guide to summer STEM activities for kids for elementary children will make sure that the summer holidays are fun and productive.

Here are the 9 best & easy summer STEM activities you must engage your kids to.

1) Paper Bookmark

For the child that loves to read, making their very own bookmark is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.  Easy and inexpensive, our tutorial provides a step by step guide to making a bookmark and, once your child has got the hang of it, you can encourage them to make more as gifts for friends and family.

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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2) Dancing Pad

For the tiny dancer in your life, our summer STEM activities for kids tutorial will show your child how to make their very own dance mat.  With easy to follow instructions and the opportunity for your child to use his or her creativity, this is a great way to spend a day during the break. 

Dance nuts can also make their own dancing ballerina which we’re sure will take pride of place in their room. 

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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3) Getting to the bot-tom of robotics

Ever thought of making your own bot?  Before you panic, thinking that such a thing is surely complicated and expensive, nothing could be further from the truth.  Our summer STEM activities for kids will show your child how to make a mouse bot using everyday, inexpensive items.  Nothing is more thrilling for a child than to be able to create something themselves – which actually works. 

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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4) Putting pen to paper

If you’re the proud parent of a budding writer, help them to make their own gel pen and squishy notebook in a few easy to follow steps. Great fun and wonderful to keep, your child will be the only one of their friends with their own home made pen and notepad.

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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5) At the movies

Maybe your child has his or her sights on being the next Steven Spielberg.  Work with them using our tutorial of  to create a unique hand-made movie projector to impress friends and family.  As parent and assistant, you will, of course, land the starring role.

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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6) Stop motion animation

Discover Stop Motion together with our tutorial for computer fanatics. Our summer STEM activities for kids is a must try which will not only engage them in holidays but also develop a bonding with STEM.

Learn it yourself with the help of our easy DIY videos

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7) Origami : Do the twist

Origami has an endless fascination for young children and is a great way of spending a fun afternoon with your child.  Our book offers easy to follow instructions for this fun and cheap hobby.

Order this book now and start making origamis

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8) Water cycle and rain works

Water, it’s all around us and, available at just the turn of a tap but, where does it come from?  Explore this fascinating subject with your child with our book which explains what water is, where it comes from and its important role in keeping our planet alive.

Order this book now and start exploring the subject

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9) Simple Machines: Can we fix it?

For the child whose first question is always “how does it work?, our fun and engaging book helps your child to explore the simple mechanical and engineering factors which go into making the machines that we all rely on.

Order this book now and learn how machines work

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Whatever your child’s into, there’s something for everyone in our range of books and tutorials and, who knows, they may just help your child find their new great passion!