Where’s the Dirt?
- Students will be able to describe the benefits of both vertical and horizontal hydroponics systems.
Tools & Materials
- ZipGrow tower
- Specs for horizontal hydroponics system
There are numerous methods for plant production including hydroponics, aquaponics, and soil-based agriculture. In the Lab, we use traditional soil-based methods along with hydroponics indoors and raised beds outdoors.
But there are methods within the methods, each seeking to provide a little more efficiency, production, ease of operation, scalability, or solve a specific problem.
Hydroponics offers options. There are horizontal systems that flood a bottom reservoir to provide nutrients to plants inserted into the table top above. Horizontal systems are widely used in commercial operations indoors. But there are also vertical systems, like the ZipGrow towers used in the Lab, that have risen to popularity in recent years.
Discuss the merits of both vertical and horizontal hydroponics systems. Which makes the most sense in terms of space? In terms of cost? In terms of labor?
As a class, you may want to use the internet to research the costs for each system and to gain insight into the space requirements for each.
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