One of the lessons that have been learned over the last year of covid shutdowns and supply chain disruptions is the value of knowing enough to produce for yourself more of the essential things you need and having some level of self-reliance.
In the area of food, not everyone has the ability to grow food in a backyard farm. Even if you could grow your own food in the yard that still leaves you under the risk of animals and pests that could destroy all your food production. Further, even if you could avoid animals and pests, you are still limited by the seasons (especially here in Canada).
By growing indoors, with hydroponics, you can produce year round continuously and yield fresh produce at any time of the year.
So recently I’ve started to experiment with hydroponics in my garage. with a small system that I bought from Amazon.com I have started to learn more about food production.
The most interesting thing so far is that growing from seeds is not as simple as it sounds. Each plant has its own germination special rules. Some seeds are so small that they are hard to work with. Some seeds are just not working for me.
There’s fertilizers, lights, water, pumps to schedule. There’s pH levels to monitor.
It’s fun to play in a space that I have so much to learn.
At the moment I have only one successful seed out of 30. That’s a lot of failures. There’s so much more to get better at and the hope is that this eventually results in the knowledge to produce fresh food on my own if necessary or to get freshly picked food year round.