I made the decision to try to live more sustainably quite a few years ago. I didn’t really know what that meant at the time. I was thinking primarily of recycling…and perhaps donating a buck or two to some Costa Rica environmentally focused NGO’s…things like that.
The idea of producing my own food in a very sustainable way didn’t really dawn on me at the time.
Until one day I decided to try my hand at organic gardening. I downloaded an eBook guide and started with a little plot. It didn’t go nearly as well as I’d planned in my head. Perhaps because I didn’t seem to have the time to put into it, nor the knowledge to do it correctly.
Then I moved from the big city of San Jose, Costa Rica to the more rural southern zone, specifically the beautiful “little” town of San Isidro de El General in the canton of Perez Zeledon, nestled between the southern Pacific coastal range and the towering Talamancas.
One day early on in my move I saw a large rock painted with the following message, “instalamos invernaderos hidroponicos” and a phone number to call. It got my attention, as I drove by it every day on my way to and from the house. So, I decided to stop and record the number to check out what it was all about. When I did a young tico came out of the little house a few meters back of the same rock and introduced himself as David Picado. He told me that the message on the rock was all about his own little business of installing hydroponic gardens and teaching folks how to grow their own delicious food.
I inquired about the price to do such a thing, which seemed reasonable enough. So, I had one installed in my back yard. Thereby I began a passionate hobby that I continued to engage in for the ensuing 4 years.
Over that time my “little” garden expanded to be the largest of any of David’s clients. I was literally producing my own food…tomatoes, lettuce, cukes, green peppers, leeks, spinach, carrots, celery, radishes, and more…all within the confines of a small greenhouse in my backyard.
And it was so easy. All I had to do was occasionally mix up a batch of what David called “sustancia nutriva” and apply it directly to the roots of the plants early each morning. From time to time I would apply some organic fertilizer spray, as well as organic pest repellant, should those pesky “moscas blancas” show up to suck the goodness out of my prized tomatoes. But, other than that, hydroponic gardening was downright easy.
The sustancia nutritiva isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. It’s just a mix of chemicals in water that duplicates the same ones that the roots spread out and search for in the soil. Except that with hydroponic gardening they don’t have to exert that effort because you do it for them. So they (the veggies) can put all their energy into sprouting delicious and tasty morsels of healthy food for you and your family to enjoy.
In fact, I loved hydroponic gardening so much that I decided to go into business with David and bring this healthy hobby to the enjoyment of others all over Costa Rica.
So, I encourage you to grow your own food hydroponically and enjoy…
- a healthy body…
- a healthy hobby and budget…
- and do your part to create a healthy planet…