The greenhouse grow systems, aka Biogarden® modules, were designed by Bioponica™ of Atlanta, GA. These patented modules utilize a novel approach to soilless hydroponics growing; designed for durability and sustainability. Liquid fertilizer for organic plant and fish raising is also prepared onsite from inexpensive biomasses utilizing innovative ‘nutricycling’ extraction method that accelerates composting in water via anaerobic digestion, biofiltration plus vortex aeration and earthworm rhizobacterial infusions.
Within the high tunnel 3000 SF greenhouse facility are a total of 1140 SF of ‘Biogarden’ grow beds. These are comprised of 540 SF aggregate media beds with tanks below and 600 SF of deep water raft culture beds with tanks outdoors and underground.
Recirulating water flow is controlled by central and local automatic pumps that may be adjusted to flood and drain or ebb and flow as frequently as desired.
Tables and tanks are designed to only require infrequent nutrient and water top-off or operational supervision.
Aggregate beds comprise 18x 30SF troughs in 20’ sets of two with two tanks below or 9x 60SF/grow modules. Tanks below each pair of 30’ beds are 220 gallons each. There are 3520 total gallons of tanks below the total area of 540 SF grow beds. These tanks may be used to store nutrient water mix or to raise fish in classic aquaponics soilless growing method.
Aggregate beds are suitable for growing all varieties of plants including hemp, cannabis, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, basil, herbs, flowers, vines, water plants or even cacti. Best use for aggregate beds are larger, long term, heavy feeding, deep rooted annual and perennial plants.
In deep water troughs, mechanical aeration is not required as deep water raft culture beds are aerated through Air Layer Technique™ of ebb and flow below with air layer created below suspended plant rafts.
At one end of each deep water trough and each fish/nutrient tank there are Bucket Vortex units that pull water from one end and move to other with purpose of creating river-like energetic forces to purify and mix water and nutrients. Structured water adds characteristic to water that supports plant and fish nutrient absorption.
There are 4 underground storage tanks, 1100 gallons each, outside greenhouse and underground. These are integrated with each grow table and controlled by pumps and automatic timers, plus valves at each table. Tanks contain either concentrated nutrients, well water or a mixture of both. The nutrient and well water tanks are plumbed to each 20’ (aggregate beds with tanks) Biogarden module. They are also plumbed to the additional two tanks to provide a plant ready solution serving the 40’ deep water culture Biogarden modules for gravity return ebb and flow cycles.