What Will Indoor Gardening Look Like in the Future?

| 1/8/2019 12:00:00 PM

There are a lot of things that make indoor gardening attractive: Year-round production of herbs and food plants, protection from natural disasters and weather changes, and a more efficient use of space are only a few. This trend toward indoor gardening is being fueled by a number of factors including climate change and the desire for self-sufficiency.

So what will indoor gardening look like in the future? There are a number of interesting changes happening, and these innovations will guide the indoor gardens of tomorrow.


Technology and Gardening Methods

Of course, technology makes growing plants easier in the field, in the garden, and indoors. Two fascinating methods have emerged though — methods that make growing indoors even more intriguing. They are hydroponics and aquaponics. What’s the difference, and how do they work?

Hydroponics is the science of growing plants in water rather than soil. You simply add nutrients to your tank, and you’re ready to go. However, the drawback is that these nutrients must be monitored and replaced often, and “root rot” is often a concern. Still, the system is usually sterile, and other than root rot, disease is not a problem.

Aquaponics is the practice of raising fish at the same time that you grow plants in the water they live in. The idea is to develop an ecosystem that is balanced and self-sustaining. The plants take nutrients from the water and, at the same time, filter it for the fish. Both take up quite a bit of room, and the right temperature is of utmost importance. Smart temperature controls and sensors that feed data to smartphones make it possible for this to be regulated remotely, at least to an extent.

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