space plants, water depth, nutrient quality, aerated roots, co2
My dream for 30 years was to have a small farm and have a "real" job that would let me work at home to earn some cash, while I work on the farm to create a more healthy and carbon friendly life. I am preparing now to find work online - hope that will come true. I am also preparing now for my dream farm :)
The first obstacle is the purchase of land. Land is getting more and more expensive. Quality land is pretty outrageous now, but if I can rely on hydroponics then the main criteria is only water. Indoor hydroponics actually can use less water than an outdoor crop because there is less evaporation and run off. Also, one of the benefits that I have heard about from hydroponics is that multiple crops can be grown each year and crops do not have to be rotated. I have also heard that plants can be placed a little closer together than they would in the field. All of these things are of interest to me because one of the things I would like to do is raise enough sugar beets to make enough alcohol to supply my energy needs. I have heard people say that it is possible to get 1,000 gallows of ethanol from an acre of sugar beets. 2 acres would be a nice goal...but if I can plant 5 crops a year that means I need 1/5 of the space..and if I can place the beets 20% closer that means that I can further reduce the space needed by 20%...I have read posts saying that people's root crops were much larger than normal in hp...and if I develop a system to stack the trays they grow in, so that there are 4 layers of plants, all of a sudden I can get a tremendous amount of sugar beets from a small area, which means that I can buy a much smaller piece of land to begin with.
Is my thinking on track? Or do I have to go back to Kansas and find Toto again?
This post was edited by pengyou on Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 10:20