We spent Saturday with a couple of great friends; Fred and Peggy. We visited Rockledge Gardens to hear a presentation on hydroponics, specifically Verti-Gro. While I understand the better use of space, less water usage, etc. I have to say I'm not sold. Here are a come of my concerns;
Cost: a set up of 4 posts with planters and the water system run around $430.00. The upfront starting cost seems a bit high. I don't think this included the cost of seeds/plants or the fertilizers needed.
The addition of fertilizers and chemicals for nutrition of the plants. There is nothing in the water or media, you must add it. After studying the Back to Eden program, and how we can grow in a more natural setting, letting nature do most of the work. I would not be happy having to regulate, during the growing cycle, the amount of chemicals I need to add to the water. I'm also trying to get away from adding chemicals of any kind. With chemicals comes cost, and storage issues.
The use and cost of electricity to run the system. We were told it isn't much, but the larger your system, the more electricity it will take to run. The Compound is off grid, so electricity unless run from our solar system, is an issue.
All four of us were glad we were able to get more first hand information, (knowledge is power), but the Verti-Gro/Hydroponic Gardening doesn't appear to be our "thing".
WEATHER ALERT: We are again dealing with freezing temperatures in central Florida. We hit around 34 degrees this morning, with the same expected for tomorrow. I was really hoping we wouldn't have to deal with these types of temperatures again, especially since we have a garden full of plants. Our friends helped us cover the plants, and all of us have our fingers crossed they make it.
Now that's true friendship right there! Pitching in even when they didn't have to.
The Moose and Fred spent the remaining time getting set up, and then shooting the afternoon in to dusk. There were some amazing shots!
Peggy and I spent time chatting, eating snacks and some chocolate we had picked up earlier in the day. We could have eaten the oranges we also bought, but decided that chocolate is where it's at!