Grow Your Food The Easy Way

Healthy food makes healthy people, but it can be hard to find a trustworthy source. PodGardens make it easy to grow your own leafy greens and lettuce from home. You never have to worry about pesticides, herbicides or anything else shady. And it doesn’t get any fresher than just picked right when you need it.

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What Makes Podgarden Growing so Easy?

At PodGardens, we’re all about helping you grow fresh, delicious leafy greens and herbs right in the comfort of your own home. That’s possible (and simple!) even if you live in Texas when you use the kratky method.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “What on earth is the Kratky method?” Basically, the Kratky method is a type of hydroponic growing system that doesn’t require any electricity or pumps. Yep, you heard that right – it’s completely passive! Instead, it relies on the natural process of water evaporation to deliver nutrients to your plants.

Here’s how it works: you fill a container with water and add nutrients to create a nutrient solution. Then, you place your plants in some kind of support structure and suspend them above the water level using a lid with holes. As the water level decreases due to evaporation, the roots of your plants naturally grow down into the nutrient solution to absorb the nutrients they need to thrive.

It’s super easy to set up and maintain, making it a great option for beginners or anyone who wants to grow their own food without a lot of fuss. Plus, because it doesn’t require any electricity, it’s eco-friendly, a power outage won’t kill your plants and growing your own food doesn’t add to your utility bills.

So if you’re looking for a simple, effective way to grow your own fresh, healthy produce, give the Kratky method a try with a Podgardens hydroponic system. Your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you!

Solve Common Problems With Grocery Store Produce

Produce is healthy, right? When it’s grown the way God intended, it’s one of the best food choices. But when humans get involved, problems occur at almost every step of the process.

Growing your own is a safer and more sustainable option than relying on store-bought lettuce because it allows you to take control over growing conditions and ensure that you and your family are consuming fresh, healthy produce. Plus, PodGardens make it easy!

Leafy Green Concerns

  • It may not be as fresh as homegrown lettuce, as it could have been transported long distances and stored for days or weeks before being sold.
  • It may have been treated with pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals, which can be harmful to both the environment and human health.
  • It may contain dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants that could lead to foodborne illness if not properly washed and prepared.

Legit Health Risks

  • Lettuce is one of the most common sources of foodborne illness, as it can become contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella during production and processing.
  • Eating contaminated lettuce can lead to symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, and in some cases, can cause serious illness or even death. 

Healthy Greens Made Easy

  • You can ensure that it is fresh and free from harmful chemicals, as you have full control over the growing conditions.
  • You can reduce the risk of foodborne illness by following proper food safety protocols and washing the lettuce thoroughly before consumption.
  • You can save money in the long run, as homegrown lettuce can be much cheaper than buying it from the grocery store.
  • It can be a fun and rewarding hobby, and can even help you connect more with your food and the environment.

What can I grow in my PodGarden?

We sell PodGardens with leafy greens or herbs already in them, and you can also buy an empty unit to fill with whatever you like. Some of the most common plants grown using the Kratky method include lettuce, kale, spinach, basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, and chives.

One of the benefits of the Kratky method is that it’s a versatile growing system, meaning you can experiment with different types of plants to see what works best for you. Some people have even had success growing more exotic herbs like lemongrass and Thai basil using the Kratky method!

No matter what types of plants you choose to grow, using the Kratky method with a Podgardens hydroponic system is a great way to produce fresh, healthy produce right in your own home. And the best part is, you don’t need any fancy equipment or technical knowledge to get started! 

What Nutrients Should I Use With My PodGarden?

We use MasterBlend nutrients, available for order here. One 2.5 lb kit will last a long, long time. If you’re running a single PodGarden you’ll probably have enough to grow for at least the first two years. 

*If you’re going all in on the hydroponics, notice the 25 lb kit is substantially cheaper per ounce. We don’t make any money if you purchase through the above link, it’s just what we buy.

How Do I Mix PodGarden Nutrients?

Epsom salt is hard to dissolve, so let’s start there. Run a little hot water in a container and add 6 grams of epsom salt (about 1.5 teaspoons). Stir to mix. Then, in a 5 gallon bucket add 12 grams of MasterBlend and 12 grams Calcium Nitrate (just under 3 level teaspoons of each) Fill the bucket with your water hose, stirring as it fills. Dump the epsom salt in toward the end.

Which is Better, Hydroponics or Soil Gardening?

We prefer soil gardening for most things. The simplest reason is that’s how God designed most plants to grow! But we also love leafy greens year round, and in Texas they only grow during a brief window. Using hydroponics, PodGardens make it possible to still grow what we want to eat.

Hydroponics Gardening:

PROS

  • Allows for precise control over plant nutrition, leading to faster growth and higher yields.
  • Reduces water usage compared to traditional soil gardening, making it a more sustainable option.
  • Can be done indoors or in small spaces, making it a great option for urban gardeners.
  • Plants grown hydroponically are less susceptible to pests and diseases, as there are no soil-borne pathogens.
  • Hydroponic systems are reusable and can last for years with proper maintenance.

CONS

  • Requires more upfront investment in equipment and materials than soil gardening.
  • Plants grown hydroponically are dependent on a consistent supply of water and nutrients, and any interruptions to this supply can be detrimental.
  • The complexity of hydroponic systems can be daunting for beginners, and there is a learning curve involved in mastering the technique (but not with PodGardens!)
  • Some hydroponic systems require electricity to run, adding to the cost of growing (again, not with PodGardens!)
  • pH and nutrient imbalances can occur if the system is not monitored and adjusted regularly.

Soil Gardening:

PROS

  • Soil provides a natural source of nutrients and organic matter that can improve plant growth and flavor.
  • Soil gardening is generally less expensive to start up than hydroponics, as it requires less equipment and infrastructure.
  • Plants grown in soil have a more complex microbial ecosystem, which can be beneficial for plant health and soil fertility.
  • There is a wider range of plant varieties that can be grown in soil, as some plants require the unique microorganisms found in soil to thrive.
  • Soil gardening can be done without electricity or water pumps, making it a more sustainable option.

CONS

  • Soil gardening requires more water than hydroponics, since water in soil is not as efficiently delivered as in a hydroponic system.
  • Soil gardening is more susceptible to pest and disease issues because soil-borne pathogens can easily spread between plants.
  • The quality of soil can vary widely, and contaminated or nutrient-poor soil can result in poor plant growth and yield.
  • Soil gardening is not well-suited for indoor or small-space gardening, as it requires outdoor growing space.
  • Soil gardening can be more labor-intensive, requiring regular weeding and soil amendments to maintain plant health.
  • Texas has crazy seasonal swings. Sometimes that can ruin you worked and waited for.

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