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Aeroponics and Hydroponics for Health Food Lovers

May 13th, 2009

aeroponic-hydroponic-plants.jpgAlthough aeroponics and hydroponics may seem like complicated words, they simply refer to the art of growing seedlings from seeds, air, and water. This article by Spring Stillman describes the basics of how you can do this from your home so that you can have fresh sprouts available for cooking and eating. Meanwhile, you can also use the seedlings for planting in a regular garden area, which will allow you to harvest fully grown vegetables after two to three months.


Aeroponics and Hydroponics for Health Food Lovers - Growing Fresh Sprouts with Air and Water

Health food lovers are on the rise as more and more people learn the facts about the effect of our food intake on our physical well being. Foods such as seeds and sprouts have become the focus of attention because of their high nutritional value and their powerful antioxidant content. In fact a greater percentage of the population would eat more seeds and fresh sprouts if they could have easier access to these natural foods at a better economic value.

With a little knowledge about aeroponics and hydroponics, plus a little practice, every health-conscious and cost-conscious consumer can grow a mini crop of their favorite bean sprouts or leafy sprouts within a matter of two or three days. They can enjoy fresh sprouts to their heart’s content by growing a mini aeroponic and hydroponic farm on their own kitchen counter with nothing more than seeds, tap water, and free air!

First of all, as a home sprout grower, you can produce a greater variety of seed sprouts than what are available on the store shelves. Secondly, both the method and the equipment are very simple. A brief description follows:

Seeds

To name a few, seeds sold for food-use purposes include grains such as wheat, oats, and brown rice. Mung beans, broccoli, cabbage, alfalfa, and clover are also very popular. People who love organic food can begin by ordering certified organic seeds. But in general there is a ready supply of good quality seeds with a shelf life of at least a year.

Bowls, Jars and Trays

These will be used for soaking, rinsing, draining, and growing of the sprouts. They can be made with glass, steel, or good plastic material. It is important to keep them very clean and sanitized before use. Leaving them in the sun for a few hours is good practice. Except for the soaking bowl, the jars and the trays must have good drainage through some nylon netting on the side, holes at the bottom or a screen at the top.

Paper Towel, Cotton or Hemp Cloth

Although these are not required supplies, they can serve as a growth medium if desired. Placed below the soaked seeds, they provide a temporary growth bed. When used as a cover, they shield the seeds from direct sunlight and preserve the moisture in the growth environment. It is essential that they be kept clean and sanitized.

Water

Tap water from the kitchen faucet provides a fresh intake for the seeds as well as good rinsing power during the sprouting stage. This is the single most important resource for the hydroponic process of growing sprouts. In addition, the pressure forced rapid water adds oxygen to the water as well as the sprout roots, making it a truly aeroponic-hydroponic operation.

Air

Good ventilation with free air circulation is an essential condition. The sprouting tray should be placed at a location away from direct sun. Sprouts need to breathe. Oxygenating with pressured water also produces healthy sprouts.

The Typical Process

The sprouting process is similar for most seeds, although the time needed may vary. The typical procedure looks like the following:

Soaking

Prewash the seeds by putting them in a bowl filled with water. Swirl and remove any floating material from the top. Drain thoroughly. Add cool water (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit) to soak the seeds overnight.

Rinse and Drain

After soaking, transfer the seeds to a jar or tray reserved for sprouting use. Rinse under cool running water. Use a lot of water, and use high pressure water for aeroponic effect. Drain thoroughly. Cover with damp hemp cloth. Repeat the rinse and drain cycle every few hours (or two to three times a day).

Harvest

Sprouts will grow in the misted chamber of the jar or the tray. They can be harvested after one to one and a half days. Many sprouts are ready when they reach one to two inches of height. If tender leaves appear, move the tray to a location of soft sunlight. You can eat the fresh greens as they grow!

Growing sprouts in your aeroponic hydroponic mini garden is healthy for your body, soul, and spirit!



4 Responses to “Aeroponics and Hydroponics for Health Food Lovers”

  1. comment number 1 by: Vault-Boy

    Good advice! Thanks for putting this together.

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  2. comment number 2 by: hydroponics

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  3. comment number 3 by: hydroponics

    i know abt hydroponics but i never heard about the aeroponics..thanks for sharing the great info.
    Thanks for the great reading

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