Mankind has come a long way from sticks and stones. In the olden days, men only knew how to gather and hunt. When a certain place is run dry of resources, Palaeolithic men would simply look for another dwelling, near a forest or mountain range maybe, wherein they can hunt and gather some more. Read this to learn more.
People only knew how to take from the environment. The abundance of Mother Nature was enough to keep them full and warm. But let me just point this out: The world population back then isn’t as big as it is now. There were only a few nomadic tribes and groups wandering the Great Plains and mountains. Trees had ample time to grow fruit again before the men came in full circle of their journey. Even with sea travel being impossible at the time, the gifts of the land was more than enough to keep them alive. That is until someone pointed out that they cannot live this way forever.
Soon enough, people realized that their nomadic and selfish way of living is not sustainable. Their numbers were growing and travelling to many places wasn’t as easy as before. It’s one thing to travel with one or two families. If you travel with a dozen, that’s when things get a tad difficult – especially when little rambunctious children are involved. The need to settle down in one place was evident. But how can it be possible? Settling near a river seems like a good idea to compensate the need for fresh, clean water, but what about food? Surely, even the densest, most abundant forest is going to be reaped clean of edible fruit in several months’ time. Even the fauna will not last through the winter. This dilemma has surely plagued many minds. People were torn between staying yet starving and moving yet separating.
This sparked one of the greatest transformations of mankind. From nomadic tribes, they were able to reform into a cohesive society, settling in one place for good. As to how they survived, well, the answer is plain as day. They learned how to produce. That’s right, they learned how to make rather than take; to plant rather than hunt. This reformation gave birth to the Neolithic period, with “neo” translating to “new” and “lithic” to “stone.” The Neolithic period denotes the new Stone Age (Check out our reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neolithic). This was the time that people learned how to craft tools and weapons they can use to create infrastructures, to hunt, and to cultivate land for agriculture. Men learned not just to kill but to grow livestock. Women not only relied on gathering wild fruits and vegetables; they dedicated time and sweat in growing their own crops – and vice versa. This shift from being mere consumers to actual producers gave way for society to grow, for communities to form, and for cultures to diverge.
But hey, all that is now history. Fast forward to the present, let’s look at how far we have gone. Did we manage to outdo our predecessors? Have we put their immense effort to great use? If one of them were to visit our time, will our current agricultural methods give them pride?
As for me, I can confidently say YES.
How can I say this, you ask? I think a more proper question is “how can I not say this?” I mean, have you seen all the recent technology we have on livestock and farming? If you’ve kept yourself updated all this time, then what I’m about to present may not astound you all that much (that doesn’t make what I’m about to say any less relevant in today’s society, though). But if you haven’t kept yourself up-to-date with the latest know-hows, then I bet you’d be astounded to hear about this: Hydroponic Technology.
What is Hydroponics?
What if I tell you that nowadays, it is possible to grow plants without soil? Yes, you heard it right. You can now grow a garden without a “garden.” Hydroponics is the art and science of growing plants (vegetable and fruit-bearing plants included) without having to plant them in real soil. From the name itself, you may draw the conclusion that the process of planting involves a lot of water. Hydro, after all, etymologically means “water.” To explain the method very briefly, hydroponics allows a person to plant and grow vegetables, crops, shrubs, and other types on flora in plant boxes filled with nourished water. The water is infused with all the vitamins and nutrients plants need to grow healthily. Plants are then “implanted” in a similar manner as farmers would with soil. The roots of the plants are soaked in the vitamin-infused solution and live out their days as plants normally would. In fact, several studies show that hydroponic crops grow faster and healthier than plants grown using ordinary means. This is most likely due to the fact that the hydroponic-grown plants have a more direct access to the right nutrients. They soak it up and generous amounts and those results in them growing nicely.
Now, how can you start your own Hydroponic farm in your backyard?
How To Find The Best Online Hydroponic Store in Canada
So, you live in Canada eh? You may think that getting your hands on quality hydroponic technology is hard. But it’s really pretty easy – especially if you look for hydroponics store online. Just key in “Hydroponics Shop Canada” in Google and thousands of search results will come up. Question is, how do you pick out the very best one?
First things first, you got to mind quality. Saying they’re all the same or they’d all work fine is pretty naïve. Brands exist for a reason. There’s also the problem of people selling counterfeits online. You have to look for a shop that prides itself in selling “honest products.” No fakes, no replicas. You don’t want to worry about the authenticity of the product on top of choosing which brands to buy. That’s just too much hassle. Look for certificates and/or accreditations that can help prove the legitimateness of the business.
Next, you should also learn how to seek expert advice. You can’t do everything alone – especially when you’re new to hydroponics. Many backyard farmers make their purchases online. Checking out testimonials and product reviews is a good start.