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Builiding an organic grow media with microogranisms
Microorganisms provide a nutrient rich body that participate in the web of life within a soilless grow media of an organic system. When they die, inorganic nutrients are released and taken up by other microbes, worms or by the plant root itself. There are others that facilitate plant growth by contributing to the processing of ammonia, absorption of nutrients by the plant nutrients and the exchange of minerals within the media. Understanding the range of beneficial microbes and the conditions for healthy colonization gives growers an opportunity to improve yield and plant performance while reducing costs and labor.
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Farming for profits
There are distinct income advantages for growers to select one or another plant variety over another. We know that wheatgrass and microgreens are some of the most profitable plants grown but not everyone has a market for these plants. What other plants are good income producers and under what conditions are they a best choice?
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Flood and Drain vs NFT Nutrient Film Technique
In our FAQ's section flood and drain technique is promoted as it offers advantages over NFT Nutrient Film Technique for growing plants in a soilless environment. What are the benefits for choosing NFT technique instead?
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Human Urine as a Plant Ready Fertlizer
Urine has been promoted by the United Nations and the work of EcoSans as a plant fertilizer. Urine in soilless gardening is referred to as "Peeponics". What are the advantages and disadvantages to using urine as a fertilizer source?
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What are the challenges of depending on fish in aquaponics?
Aquaponics was the first movement towards an soilless ecosystem model vs the petrochemical soup model of hydropics. However aquaponics presents a challenge in that growers must manage fish in order to grow produce. And raising fish is not easy. Would lifting this obstacle through bioponics use of green biomass teas with or without human urine be the more sustainable approach?
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What fish should be raised in bioponics and aquaponcs?
Depending on climate, energy costs, nutritional value and market demand growers have options for raising fish. In the south we prefer crawfish and tilapia as they like warm water. Yet the omega 3 values are not too good with either of these varieties. Other options such as Australian Jade Perch are excellent in fish oil quality but hard to get our hands on here in the US. What are your own practical, nutritional and economic preferences?
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