Over 97% of Hong Kong’s vegetables are imported, making us in Hong Kong especially vulnerable to China's food safety issues. Vegetables grown in soil in particular are susceptible to heavy metal pollution and questionable fertilizer.
We started growing our vegetables using hydroponics at home like most people because we want our food, fresh and safe. When we pay top dollars for our vegetables, we shouldn't be getting sick from eating them. We might not be able to stop sick vegetables coming into Hong Kong. But with hydroponics, we can provide safe superfood like kale, lettuce and tomatoes for our friends and family. Our love ones no longer be subjected to contaminated and over priced vegetables.
You can do the same for your love ones. With Hydrovege, we hope to create a community where we can share our hydroponics experience, growing safe and fresh vegetables in any urban environment.
Follow Hydrovege's project, planting tips, receipes, up to date information about food safety and much more. Join the growing revolution. Grow and eat fresh safe vegetables, one home at a time.
Sze and Samantha with our home grown vegetables
Why does Hydroponics works so well ?
That's simple. If you give a plant exactly what it needs, when it needs it, in the amount that it needs, the plant will be as healthy as is genetically possible. With hydroponics this is an easy task; in soil it is far more difficult.
With hydroponics the plants are grown in a growing medium and a perfectly balanced, pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots in a highly soluble form. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. This is true even when using rich, organic soil and top of the line nutrients. The energy expended by the roots in this process is energy better spent on vegetative growth and fruit and flower production.
If you grow two identical plants using soil for one and hydroponics for the other, you will almost immediately see the difference this factor makes. Faster, better growth and much greater yields are just some of the many reasons that hydroponics is being adapted around the world for commercial food production as well as a growing number of home, hobby gardeners.
Hydroponics saves lots of water in compare to soil, which is great for planet earth!