Soilless Agriculture


History of Hydroponics by Nick practicalgrowing.com

A 1524 European woodcut map of Tenochtitlan, the island capital of the Aztec stylized, it is thought to be based on an earlier indigenous map of the city.

The world’s focus on soilless agriculture is a particular theme of today. This is a very old system and its beginnings go back to 500-600 BCE. The hanging garden built in Babylonian architecture is a perfect example of this. This was created in 602-504 BC.

There is evidence that the Egyptians used it during this period. Besides, this method was used by the Aztecs who lived in Mexico, South America. So while this theme is not new to the world, its use is new to the world. Water provides all the nutrients a plant needs.

Beginning

Hanging gardens of Babylonia

The gardens were probably situated in Nineveh, a city located in what is now in the north of modern-day Iraq
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Here an oxygenated stream of nutrients is diverted from a nearby river. This will get all the moisture, nutrients, and oxygen needed.

Egypt Aquaculture

Egyptian Gardens – Institute of Simplified Hydroponics 2016

On the bed of the Nile River, Egyptians practiced another method known as aquaculture. Created a basin structure that has an inlet and outlet to the river. This basin was used to raise fish. Waste of fish used as a fertilizer.

Aztecs- Chinampas

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The Aztecs practiced agriculture by laying a floating bed made out of clay/mud and wood which is similar to a raft.

Present

This method is just beginning to be popular among people with a new face of the present. This is done by placing plant roots in the form of a nutrient-rich water stream. William Frederick Gericke is a unique figure when talking about the present. Because it was he who initiated the revival of this centuries-old system. This spawned a system of cultivation of crops anywhere in the world. His experiment concluded that plants can be grown in a nutrient solution without soil.

This system is initiated in the most developed and advanced states of the world. Crops can also be grown vertically in a large building. Most of the industrial level hydroponic farms running with semi or fully automated computerized systems.

Photo by David Williams on Bloomberg

The day-to-day needs of a home can be sown in a small plot of land. All you need is a pipe kit, motors, water tank.

Advantages

Because of the small amount of water absorbed by the scales, from the return mechanism we use the water again and again. It is more suitable for areas that have lower rainfall and arid areas. All the nutrients the plant needs are rich in nutrients and oxygen, so crops can thrive.

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The next and most important advantage is these crops growing under a controlled environment. Which means no contact with the soil, sometimes no contact with the outer environment.

Hence no harmful pest growth.

Therefore no cost for pesticides and the chemical is minimal. It is also very suitable for consumption.

Future

The environment in which we live is constantly changing. There is also an increase in population and an increase in needs. Agricultural land plots getting limited. This is the best method of agriculture in this situation. The New Age of World Agriculture

 

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