Hydroponics gardening is viable and can grow organic products even in a limited space in home backyards, John Ramos, manager of Micro Farming Systems, said yesterday.
Ramos, a Bacoleño and an advocate of organic farming, said hydroponic gardening is a soilless agriculture that grows plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water but he modified the technology by adding soil in it.
He said hydroponics normally uses chemical fertilizers that are mixed in water but the soil allows him to use organic fertilizer and make use of the microorganism and the tuna concentrate mixed in the water tank.
The tuna concentrate is the source of the macro and micro nutrients and it is fed to the microorganisms that multiply the minerals allowing the plants to grow organically healthy, Ramos said.
He also said the microorganisms feed on the eggs of insects that prevent them from hatching, thus these also acts as a pest control but do not act as pesticide.
Ramos said he saw the technology on the internet and learned it for one month while his friend from Green Farm Systems introduced to him the tuna concentrate and tried the same application to animals like swine, which resulted positively.
Two weeks ago, he started planting various herbs and plants in empty containers, he said.*LTG