Karen Knapstein
January 22, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you’ve ever had a garden, you probably live in a place that you have a bit of space, or at least a backyard. But what if you lived in a apartment in a city? Or if you suddenly had a hankering for some fresh arugula in the dead of winter, when not much of anything is going to grow outside?

It’s easy — and pretty inexpensive — to grow your own food inside using containers or even a hydroponic system.

Check out our slideshow for the basics on growing your own food.


You can easily set up your own garden at home, even if you have very little space. One way to do that is with a hydroponic growing system like the ones the students in New York use.


Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in nutrient-rich water, without soil. People who live in cities have little or no room to grow vegetables. Hydroponics offers an important solution for growing needed food in very little space.

How does hydroponics work? It distributes water to plants through capillary action. Capillary action is the movement of water through narrow spaces or spongy material.


You can also set up an at-home container garden using simple supplies like 5-gallon buckets, soil and seeds. You'll also need to make sure your plants have access to enough sunlight, at least 5 hours a day according to The Farmer's Almanac.


Another fun way to grow your own food is with sprouting. If you decide to try it, just make sure you cook everything you grow because they can contain bacteria.


Before you know it, you'll be harvesting your own dinner!

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