Two Good Reasons to Plant a hydroponic Garden

You’re probably asking yourself why you should even bother to plant a garden. Back in the early part of the last century, one of the only ways to guarantee a supply of fresh vegetables was to grow them yourself. Nowadays, all the major grocery chains have rows upon rows of fresh lettuce, parsley, endive, cabbages and even mushrooms. In summer, farmer’s markets offer further opportunity to purchase all the fresh peas, carrots, corn, broccoli, onions and tomatoes a person could want. So why put up with all the hard work and hassle a garden presents: bugs one day, frost the next? First, because it is good for you. Working in the fresh air, your hands constantly in touch with the soil and Nature’s bounty, you will acquire a sense of accomplishment. You’ll get a free suntan in the bargain. You will also increase your chi’, that Chinese word for the energy of life. It’s a scientific fact; lifelong gardeners live longer and are healthier than their apartment-dwelling cousins. It’s not just the act of working the soil and growing vegetables, either. hydroponic Gardeners are healthier because they actually cook and eat their own vegetables, and vegetables grown in home gardens have more vitamins. A 1996 study showed that a home-grown tomato actually had 15% more vitamin C than one grown in a field where crops have been continuously cultivated for 20 years or more. Also, field grown tomatoes (and all vegetables except rutabagas and turnips) are harvested before maturity to ensure they will be firm enough to survive shipment, which means they haven’t had a chance to develop their full complement of vitamins and minerals.

Second, it’s good for the Earth. The most recent gas crisis, and the soaring cost of fuel, can be directly attributed to the need to ship things a considerable distance. We have little or no choice when it comes to computers, appliances, equipment and medical supplies; we can’t very well make them ourselves.

We do have a choice with fresh vegetables and fresh fruits a greater or lesser choice, of course, depending on the region we live in. Today, there are 1,860,000 trucks on the road, using almost 27 billion gallons of diesel fuel to ship fruit and vegetables across the country. If even one out of two people grew a garden, our fuel costs as a nation would decrease by an estimated 7-10 billion gallons, or at current prices $25,000,000,000!

Given the current situation in the Middle East, who needs a better reason?