Gardening without soil – it sounds like an unbelievable concept! Today’s technology makes it not only possible, but easy and convenient. An Aeroponic Garden, or Tower Garden is a vertical growing system that allows you to grow up to 20 different plants in less than 3 square feet of space. LADACIN Network’s Schroth Center was the lucky recipient of two Aeroponic Gardens, received through a grant from the BlueClaws Foundation.
Aeroponics is a term that describes the growing of plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. At the Schroth Center the clients immediately check on the gardens upon their arrival at school and are very excited to follow the progress. They are currently growing vegetables and herbs, which they can take home upon harvesting. They take care of the daily tasks of checking the nutrient levels, monitoring growth and harvesting the plants. With the accelerated growth rate, harvesting must be done every 3-4 weeks. Anything that the clients don’t take home goes to the Schroth kitchen to be used in meal preparation.
The Aeroponic Gardens have been such a big hit at Schroth that the Lehmann Center is also looking to acquire two gardens! We are hopeful that in the near future we will be able to provide all our clients the opportunity to enjoy this novel gardening experience.