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The story behind the HydroArtPod — healthy, delicious, chemical-free food. Save big on your groceries. Easier than making coffee.

When people hear the word entrepreneur, they often think of someone daring and innovative, constantly taking risks and moving forward. We hardly talk about the ones who start small, with a little more than a dream and a lot of heart. 

This is the story of one such entrepreneur, Aline Pate. A story that will inspire anyone looking to start their own business or make a difference in the lives of everyone around them. Here is a story about how Aline began working on her invention, while navigating motherhood and being a wife.

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When I created HydroArtPod, I was frustrated with the quality of the plastic-wrapped food from the supermarket and often worried about how safe it is.”

This means that we have to find a way to increase food production by 110% from today’s level to meet the high demand for food as we currently know it.

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No green thumb

As a mother of two, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur from Germany, Aline wanted a way to guarantee that the food her family consumes is fresh and chemical-free. So even though she had zero experience with gardening, she decided to grow her organic greens in her backyard.

 

There is just something about the freshness of organic produce that just can’t be beaten. Nothing tastes better than something you’ve grown yourself. But starting a garden can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? How much space do you need? How do you know which seeds are right, for what season? There’s just a lot to consider.

With Aline, every time she thought she was getting results, her tiny sprouts of green would have bugs eating holes in them. Sometimes, the growing process would take so long that she had to stop due to the unfavorable conditions of the seriously hot summer. She was clearly not getting the results she wanted.

Kicking off the Sustainable journey

Aline did not give up despite her busy life as a mother of two. She certainly had no time to manage a garden or deal with the challenges that came with it. So if she was going to make her wish of growing fresh, organic greens herself come true, the process had to be somewhat automated and require less time and effort than a regular garden. 

Aline wanted to build something beautiful enough to put inside her home and not have an ugly garden that takes up space.

She started researching sustainable living and ways to grow food indoors and learned about hydroponics — growing plants without soil, using only water and nutrients.

So in the past four years, after extensive research and testing out different materials and plants, she finally has a working, living indoor garden. All this hard work and dedication birthed an easy-to-use, very efficient, Smart, and elegant indoor garden system, a first of its kind.

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Imagine doing so with the help of an App that lets you track the health of your plants and harvest fresh food all year round, whether you have a green thumb or not.

Making it easy

Unlike most indoor garden systems, the HydroArtPod is a soilless, easy to maintain, and fully automated system that makes indoor gardening a painless experience.

Imagine being able to grow 100% organic, chemical-free fruits and vegetables right from your kitchen wall.

Living green art

I made the HydroArtPod look like beautiful, living green art so you can hang it on your wall and enjoy fresh produce forever. Thanks to its mountable design, it only takes up minimal space on your wall. So if you ever thought you needed acres of land to have a garden, think again.”

A green future we all can be part of

“It has been a beautiful and rewarding journey to build HydroArtPod. Everyone who has seen it in my home wants it. Something built out of frustration is now a way for me and my family to get our dose of a fresh supply of greens when we need them the most. To see the impact this product could have on the environment is humbling.”

If you are looking for an easy and efficient way to grow food indoors, look no further than the HydroArtPod! This groundbreaking indoor garden system is a must-have for anyone looking to eat healthier, save time, reduce their carbon footprint, and improve their overall quality of life. 

With HydroArtPod, you can grow your own chemical-free, fresh fruits and vegetables right from the comfort of your kitchen wall. Simply download the companion app to track the health of your plants, manage water usage, and enjoy a hassle-free gardening experience.

“I have successfully launched HydroArtPod on Indiegogo to help me bring sustainable living to everyone, and the response has been great. So don’t wait – get started on your path to sustainability with HydroArtPod!”

Join the HydroArtPod Community now to nab the best deal before the special launch offer on Indiegogo disappears – only till 20th May!

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Growing

What's better? Growing in Soil or Hydroponically?

It’s a question a lot of people like to see answered. After all, you want to eat what’s good for you and not what people try to sell you! While there is a lot of research out there comparing various systems such as soil vs hydroponics, plants and growing conditions, studies have found that veggies grown hydroponically do just as well as soil-based grown veggies. If you want to understand the background of this, read on as I will give you a bit more substance below.

It is important to know that the world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and that it has been estimated that 50% of the arable land around the world will become unusable for farming.

You hear a lot about climate change and indeed the drought and floods destroy a lot of our food, but also soil erosion and degradation impact the amount of food a farmer can grow. Over-usage of nitrogen and other chemical fertilizers ruin the soil and strip it of vitamins and minerals, becoming just dust. If you would like to learn more about the downfalls of traditional farming watch “Kiss the Ground” currently airing on Netflix.

This means that we have to find a way to increase food production by 110% from today’s level to meet the high demand for food as we currently know it.

Will Commercial Vertical Farming Help Us To Grow Enough Food For All Of Us?

A possible way out is commercial vertical farming, and I am sure you have heard about it. It’s a way of growing plants mostly hydroponically in vertical greenhouses near where you live. That has the added benefit of reducing CO2 due to short transportation distances and allows you to eat fresh, as the time from harvest to table is usually shorter than importing veggies.
 

You might have heard some people complain that veggies grown only in water aren’t as good as soil-grown. As with many things, people like drama and everything that’s new often gets first derided until people have learned about it.

Do rather have store bought or home grown vegetables?

The question you might want to ask yourself is, would you rather eat store-bought vegetables that come with more than 35 chemicals thrown in, or are you concerned that hydroponically-grown veggies might lack a mineral (something that has been proven not to be the case if grown under the right conditions)? I’d rather ditch the chemicals if you ask me. Hence for me its clear hydroponic is the winner

Let me know get to a bit more technical detail on why hydroponically vs soil-grown veggies are just as good and destroy a few myths that are out there. The team from ZipandGrow have reviewed the research and made a good summary and I will share with you the details below:

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What do you worry about?

What people tend to worry about is the micro-organisms in hydroponics compared to soil, after all we were all told that soil is rich on minerals, fungi and other micro-organisms that help our veggies to became so delicious and full of vitamins.

So does the hydroponic environment lack those micro-organisms and is it sterile?

Bacteria play a crucial role in nutrient processing and uptake by plants hence it is important for them to be present in order to produce high quality produce. The studies that looked at the microbiology in hydroponics systems found about 10,000,000 bacteria per milliliter of nutrient solution (1, 9) in comparison to compost which was found to have between 100,000 to 1,000,000,000 colony forming units (2, 3, 6). Note that comparing water to dry dirt is comparing apples to oranges, but it’s an indicator that the bacterial populations in conventional hydroponic systems are right in the normal range for compost which indeed is also rich in fungi. (9).

Are these micro-organisms as fast populating as the ones in soil?

Hydroponically-grown veggies indeed benefit form a microbial flora that is established very quickly. It was demonstrated that bacteria in a hydroponic system growing tomatoes in rockwool started with a nutrient solution that had 500-900 cfu/ml bacteria in it would get a bacterial population of 1,000,000 cfu/ml within 20 hours. The later analysis showed that the majority of these bacteria were the bacteria which aids the plant in defense and nutrient uptake called Pseudomonas fluorescens.

Does hydroponically-grown food has the same beneficial mix of diverse microbes as soil?

Not only are microbe populations in hydroponics high but they’re also just as diverse as soil ones. Research shows that the diversity in hydroponics is equivalent to what is found in soil (4).

Do hydroponically-grown plants grow as strong as soil-grown plants?

Let me introduce a word you might first need to master to pronounce, well it took me a bit. I am talking about – Mycorrhizae – which refers to the fungi that assist plants to stay healthy and support their nutrient uptake.  They are found on the roots of the plants, and they play a key role in plant growth.

Mycorrhizae thrive in hydroponics and often organic farmers use hydroponic systems to grow mycorrhizae to be used to support their organic soli farming (7,8).

How can roots grown in water develop the same health benefits as those in soil?

Our thinking comes from the way we were raised and educated. We traditionally learned that food grows in soil. What we tend to disregard is that food grown 30 years ago had much better health benefits than today’s produce, with less soil erosion and overuse of fertilizers just to name a couple of factors.

The importance is not in what roots grow, it’s about what is on the roots’ “skin” (roots’ surface) that is important for the plant. Reason is that the microbe population immediately surrounding the roots are much higher than the surrounding area which could be soil or water. The reason for this difference is because plant roots exude a substance referred to as mucilage—which is a complex mix of carbohydrates, amino acids, and organic acids and microbes just love that stuff.  These beneficial root zone bacteria in hydroponics were found to be in similar range as to what is found in soil.

 

 

So when you think soil, it’s mainly the roots and the bacteria growing right around it that organic agriculture relies on for the plants to thrive. So it’s less about the soil or the water the plants grow in and much more about the microbes that help thrive plants independent where they grow.

In Summary

I hope that this has been helpful in building on your knowledge and encouraging you to think independently from how we all used to view things some decades ago.

There is an easy way for you to grow at home by getting yourself an indoor garden.

So what do YOU think? Soil vs Hydroponics – Are you a “dirt is good” farmer or do you prefer the benefits that growing hydroponically brings? Join the conversation and let us know!

References

Credit to ZipandGrow for their excellent research on this topic. This blog uses parts of the original copy that was published on https://zipgrow.com

1. Berkelmann, B., W. Wohanka, and G. A. Wolf. 1994. Characterization of the bacterial flora in circulating nutrient solutions of a hydroponic system in rockwool. Acta Hortic. 361:372–381.
2. Bess, V. 2008. Evaluating Microbiology Of Compost 83–85.

3. Chandna, P., L. Nain, S. Singh, and R. C. Kuhad. 2013. Assessment of bacterial diversity during composting of agricultural byproducts. BMC Microbiol. 13:99.
4. Chave, M., P. Dabert, R. Brun, J. J. Godon, and C. Poncet. 2008. Dynamics of rhizoplane bacterial communities subjected to physicochemical treatments in hydroponic crops. Crop Prot. 5:418–426.

6. Hassen, A., K. Belguith, N. Jedidi, A. Cherif, M. Cherif, and A. Boudabous. 2001. Microbial characterization during composting of municipal solid waste. Bioresour. Technol. 80:217–225.
7. IJdo, M., S. Cranenbrouck, and S. Declerck. 2011. Methods for large-scale production of AM fungi: Past, present, and future. Mycorrhiza 21:1–16.

8. Millner, P. D., and D. G. Kitt. 1992. The Beltsville method for soilless production of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 2:9–15.
9. Waechter-Kristensen, B., S. Caspersen, S. Adalsteinsson, P. Sundin, and P. Jensén. 1999. Organic compounds and micro-organisms in closed, hydroponic culture: Occurrence and effects on plant growth and mineral nutrition. Acta Hortic. 481:197–204.

10. Zaccardelli, M., F. De Nicola, D. Villecco, and R. Scotti. 2013. The development and suppressive activity of soil microbial communities under compost amendment. J. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. 13:730–742.

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