Indoor gardening: Kratky Method

Dear folks, a short, earthy blog this time. 😊 My partner and I have been exploring a bit about how to live a little more self-sufficiently in terms of food. Since then we have started some small-scale activities, such as vegetable gardening according to the principles of permaculture in our garden, and "indoor gardening" indoors.

In my research around “indoor gardening,” I came across a revolutionary method that I would like to bring to your attention. I myself have never seen it pass by on social media before, while in my opinion it is of great value, especially because it is so simple and inexpensive. Especially in these uncertain times, when forces are bent on destabilizing the food supply, enabling yourself to secure your own food inexpensively is invaluable. So the question is: Do you want to grow a lot of your own vegetables for little money and little effort, even if you don’t have a garden? If so, read on. 😊

The method is called the Kratky Method. This method was developed in 2009 by a professor Kratky in Hawaii. It is a specific form of hydroponics, growing plants in water, to which the necessary nutrients are added. The Kratky method is a passive hydroponic technique for growing plants over a reservoir of nutrient-rich water. Because it is a non-circulating technique, no additional supply of water or nutrients is needed after the initial application, and no pumps or water and oxygen circulation systems are required. It’s just a matter of adding water and nutrition once at the start, placing seed, and then it’s waiting for harvest time (aver. 45 days later), without any intermediate actions. Hang a couple of full spectrum led light bars over it for photosynthesis, and you’re done. It couldn’t be easier. A lot of people who grow vegetables rave about the method. Both hobbyists and professional gardeners. It is also used in horticulture.

If you create enough growing spots and use a rotation system in which you conveniently use timing, you can provide yourself with leafy vegetables 365 days a year, including the winters. For example, with 45 growing spots and 3 harvest rounds, you could have a harvest of 15 leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and cabbage, every 15 days. If you have a two-meter wall free in your house, and a few hundred euros for the initial investment, then you already have the resources needed to set this up. The cost after that is low. Water, seeds and the plant food cost little, the led light bars cost you a euro a day in electricity, and the seed holders cost 10 cents at a time. By stocking up once on long-life plant food, seeds and seed holders, you can literally provide yourself with years of green food.

What do you need in terms of infrastructure? Shelving racks, plastic storage boxes (to be used as water containers), lights, net pots, seed holders, clay pebbles, vegetable seeds and plant food. In addition, a ph meter and an ec meter are useful to measure the acidity and purity of the water from time to time. I am including a few youtube video links, images say a thousand times more than words. I hope you may benefit from it. I can’t show my own results yet, unfortunately, because we’ve only just started working on it ourselves, but I didn’t want to wait to share this valuable information, partly out of enthusiasm and partly because of this time when living expenses and food supplies are under pressure. Take advantage of it!

By the way, I do not see this solution as a structural method to be applied later in the New Earth. Then I think much more about how Anastasia consciously cooperated with nature and nature beings. But in this period of transition, it is not time for many to be overly purist and principled, and it is good to be pragmatic in self-sufficiency, with the resources at hand.


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