Survival Greenhouse: Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming

Introduction

In times of uncertainty and crisis, necessities are usually threatened first. These necessities include food and shelter. This possibility is one of many that survivalists and preppers actively prepare to navigate. We can still find a way to live without shelter, but the food is a physical necessity. Food is important, and when the news announces a possible natural disaster or a severe breakdown in the economy, the first place people rush to is the grocery stores and the supermarkets. They buy up all the food and hope that everything normalizes before they run out of supply. People who could not get food to buy would have to wait for government or humanitarian relief. Survivalists would rather avoid the situation altogether, and there is only one way to achieve this; produce your food. Definitively, you cannot produce all the food you want, but you can produce all you need with the help of a Greenhouse. A Greenhouse is a farm built to grow more crops and allow them to thrive all through the season. The farmhouse’s structure is uniquely designed to avoid harsh conditions and create the perfect condition for crops to grow. This generally means more food, which is why survivalists have adopted the greenhouse concept to cope when the perceived future situation inevitably” arises fully. This article has been put together to explain the best greenhouse farming methods and how survivalists can take full advantage of these methods. Enjoy!

Why do Survivalists need Greenhouses?

Survivalism is a movement that aims to be prepared against a perceived future problem.

This could either be a natural disaster, an economic crisis, a bio-attack, or anything else. This preparation will require you first to consider the basic things of life. Your safety, shelter, water, food, and supplies are very important. If you already live in a safe place and you have the right electricity and air supply, you are almost good to go. You could indeed have plenty of non-perishable food. However, the problem that you are shielding yourself and your loved ones from might go on longer than you thought, and you might run out of food. What do you do then? The only reliable solution for feeding is to have a stable food supply. This can only be achieved with the help of a self-operating Greenhouse. Greenhouses don’t care about the weather, and they will keep producing food for you all year round. You might have enough food to last a month; What if the coronavirus stayed for two years? I guess that’s why Survivalilists conclusively believe that Greenhouses are the only reliable food supply source in an emergency. Sure, you wouldn’t have chicken or burger, but you would have steady fruits and vegetables that you can comfortable life on.

What is Hydroponics Farming?

Hydroponics farming is a revolutionary Agro-Tech concept that allows people to grow food without soil. Planting using the hydroponics method requires putting the plant in a different organic material and growing your crops directly in nutrient-rich water. This process will allow your crops to gain direct nutrients, and their growth will be faster along with increased output. Setting up a hydroponics system or farm is not very difficult; all you have to do is get all the required materials and follow certain instructions. The more space and money you have for this personal investment, the better the outcome. The first thing you need is freshwater; this water should have a pH level of around 6-6.5 to function perfectly. You can buy it from a garden store. You would also need root support and plenty of nutrients for your plant. Your plant doesn’t need soil, but it needs root support that is uniquely designed to allow for oxygen and is moisture absorbent enough for the nourishing water. Materials that are moist absorbent include vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, coconut fiber, and Rockwool. The nutrients that your plants will need include magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. These nutrients will serve as plant food since the plant is not nourishing soil and fertilizer. Your greenhouse will also need to have access to light. Different plants require different amounts of light and different unique light placements. You would need other things as your hydroponics farm begins to take shape, but for starters, these are the major things you have to plan towards. Plants that are grown in hydroponics farm bring some of the biggest fruit yields.

What is Aquaponics Farming?

Aquaponics is the demon love child between aquatics and hydroponics. The concept is one of the most intelligent innovations in agriculture. Aquaponics works in what can best be described as a cyclical operation. Plants need good nourished water to grow, and fishes also need good water to grow. The waste that fishes produce are very good fertilizers for plants, and the plants, in turn, absorb all this waste and release freshwater back for the fishes. This simple concept allows your fishes to grow and flourish. It also gives your plants more nutrients so that your crops can produce better fruits. This system is autonomous, and it uses lesser resources. The truth is that everybody can have an aquaponic farm; all you have to do is set it up and improve on it regularly. There are many DIY tutorials on YouTube and other media. You should check them out

Conclusion

The survival rule of threes states that you need air, water, food, and shelter to survive in any situation. This means that feeding is half of what survivalists will always need. Water can always be stored in large quantities, but food tends to run out quickly. Having a greenhouse giving you a steady supply of natural food can be the best thing to happen to you if a prolonged disaster or a breakdown of the economy. It can also serve as a significant reduction in your grocery expenses. Either way, a greenhouse is always a good investment for a survivalist. Hydroponics and Aquaponics farming is a good way to feed ourselves without affecting the planet naturally; I guess Environmental survivalists will have a soft spot for these agricultural innovations.

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