This is the beginning of a series of blogs that will catalog Cyclo's journey!
This post will primarily focus of Cyclo's farming progress. We started this farming endeavor a month and a half ago based on the date of this blog post. We are doing this to broaden our opportunities to bring all sorts of Asian herbs that are not normally sold in American food markets.
The method of our farming is known as Aeroponic farming. The process of growing plants in the air. In the photo below is a hollowed tower that houses 48 cup slots.
Before placing plants into the slots, we grow the seedlings in a cup filled with coconut husk in a miniature greenhouse (Photo below). The husk will serve as the soil for the plant to hold on to. The coconut husk soil does not have any nutrients the plant needs like regular soil does. Therefore, we mix the nutrients into the water. A water pump mists inside the tower and eventually the water will drip down to the bottom where the pump will mist the water again.
Once the seedlings have grown to about 2 inches tall, they are placed into the 48 slots. Overtime, the plant's roots will grow and dangle inside the tower to catch and collect the mist and the abundant supply of air. Eventually the plants will be ready for harvest.
Some important things to note.
Firstly, some plants will require different levels of nutrient. We attempted to grow a variety of herbs with majority success. However, the lettuce requires a different level of nutrient.
Secondly, check the pH level of the water. An incorrect level will stunt or prevent growth.
This is the first step of our farming journey. I hope you are all having a good day and stay safe!