Is it possible to harvest food without soil?
The answer is yes, all thanks to hydroponic cropping. The origin dates back to the year 600 b.c and it is a story of love. The king of Babylon, Nabucodonsor II, was madly in love with his wife Amytis. She came from a far foreign land with exuberant and beautiful plants as far as sight could reach. Amytis felt very deeply homesick and this made her unhappy. Fruit of the king’s love and desire to please her wife, the first hydroponic crops appear; the Babylonian Hanging Gardens, considered one of the seven Ancient wonders.
The semantic origin comes from the Greek, « hydor » which means water and « ponos » that refers to the word labour. Basically hydroponics can use de dissolution of minerals instead of exploiting the harvesting land to make crops grow. The use of this technic allows roots to grow in suspension using a variety of supports, like crushed stone, crust or even foam. All of this added to the most important element of all, water. In the case of Monna Lisa and Lady Godiva, our suppliers from Huelva, they plant the strawberry bushes horizontally in greenhouses using coconut fiber sustrate.
Advantages of hydroponic greenhouses
The first benefit we can notice is the optimization of the cropping conditions, this makes the efficiency of photosynthesis to be as high as possible. This generates an increase in production and offers less waste of water during the process. The cultivation space is used to the maximum, much more than traditional cropping does and erasing problems caused by soil exhaustion. All of these factors allow costs to reduce while quality is increased. The varieties of hydroponic strawberry we have are; Fortuna, Rociera, Calinda, Savana and San Andreas.