Using the AquaTree to Improve Your Diet

Using the AquaTree to Improve Your Diet

Using the AquaTree™ on a regular basis can have a positive impact on your life in many ways. And the most prominent one is by helping you on your health journey. It’s well known that eating green can improve your well being, but in this post, we want to explore several reasons why produce grown in the AquaTree™ is particularly beneficial. 

It Gives You Complete Control

With our system, grow what, when, and how you want. Our goal is to connect people to their food, by enabling them to grow it themselves.

It’s Guaranteed Pesticide and Fertilizer Free

Traditional farming in the US employs frequent usage of pesticides which can be dangerous and harmful to everyone from the farm workers down to the consumer. When using the AquaTree™, your produce is guaranteed pesticide and fertilizer free.

Fertilizers are another potentially harmful additive as they can be deadly if accidentally ingested by humans. Although visually inspecting and cleaning your produce properly can go a long way, you can eliminate the worry when you grow with AquaTree™.

It Can Produce Higher Quality Foods

The quality of produce bought in your local grocery store will fluctuate. Depending on where you live and your shopping availability, you may find produce that’s adequate, or in most cases, subpar. Over and underripe produce is common, meaning you either have to rush to consume your fruits and veggies before they go bad, or you have to wait until it reaches its peak. 

With the AquaTree™, there’s no guessing. You can see when your produce is ripe for the picking, and your harvest is guaranteed fresh every time!

Fresher produce is better. But many Americans do not have the time, energy, or resources to grow their own food, with many more living in food deserts. (A subject we’ll touch on another day). Without access to nutrient dense food, or the time to go source other options, Americans across the country are suffering from ailments that can be improved with a few simple changes to their diet. This is where AquaTree™ can help. 

It Saves You Money

With an AquaTree™ you don’t have to buy all of the traditional gardening supplies such as special soil and treatments, stakes, cages, etc. Our system allows you to grow seedlings with as little as water. You just put the seeds in, and there’s food in less than a week. It’s that simple! Treat yourself with the extra cash you just saved!

When you add in the cost of not only the vegetables themselves, but also the cost of either driving to your grocery store or the cost of delivery, growing at home could save you money in the long run.

It Helps You Eat Veggies More Consistently

Of course adding veggies to your plate is great, but making it a habit can be difficult. Our system offers you the perk of CONSISTENCY as well as convenience. And if you practice succession planting, you’ll be able to have a fresh crop everyday!

By adding veggies on a daily basis, your health can improve dramatically. For example, Wheatgrass and Broccoli Sprouts, among others, can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Mung beans can protect against heat stroke and aid in a healthy digestive system. Spinach and Kale Sprouts are both rich in nutrients and antioxidants and can improve your skin health and support your immune function.

It’s Convenient

The AquaTree™ is like having a garden in your kitchen. You can order groceries online… or you could reach across the counter to grab a handful of fresh leafy greens to add to your plate. With an AquaTree™, you’re able to grow your own vegetables right at home, so you don’t have to waste time shopping, or spend money on delivery.

These are just a few of the many ways that using an AquaTree™ can help improve your wellness, and ultimately, your lifestyle. The set up is easy, and maintaining your crops will be effortless. Get started today!

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Succession Planting

Succession Planting

Succession planting can be simple. In traditional gardening, it is the practice of staggering your planting in a way that extends the life of your garden, allowing you multiple harvests.

Techniques include growing larger crops with smaller ones, fast growing crops with slower ones, or starting seedlings indoors and immediately transplanting them outside when a previous crop is harvested. 

This sowing method is helpful for locations that have a limited growing season, however, it can also be beneficial to you as a user of AquaTree™. In the post below, we’ll give you pointers as to how you can implement succession planting into your lifestyle and start reaping bountiful harvests!

How to Start Succession Planting With Your AquaTree™

Getting started with succession planting is an easy process. Begin with enough seeds to last you through a few weeks so that there will be no gap in your rotation. If you’re using the Mau Mats™, make sure to have enough on hand as they are one time use only. 

Whichever way you choose, you’ll need to stagger the planting of your seedlings. Since our sprouts only take a few days until they’re ready for harvest, you should essentially start new seedlings a few times a week, so you’ll have a fresh crop in just as much time. 

You can use this sowing method with whatever size AquaTree™ you have, whether it’s one level or more! More levels gives you the option to facilitate a wider variety of crops. And when done right, daily harvests are possible!

The Benefits of Succession Planting With Mau Mats™ and the AquaTree™

One of the main benefits of growing with the AquaTree™ is that you can do it year-round. Succession planting is an effective way to get the most out of traditional gardens, but very few plants will grow in the winter. With the AquaTree™, there’s no need to worry about a surprise overnight frost- your seedlings are protected from danger. 

Another benefit is the quick turnaround. Sprouts and microgreens are ready to eat in just a few days, and this process can happen even faster with our patented Mau Mats™!

Mau Mats™ are a seed mat, and are composed of fibrous, highly engineered material. It consists of nearly 100% biodegradable components, and is proprietary to Grow Local™. Their main purpose is to accelerate germination and promote rapid growth which means regular harvests for you and your family. 

Using Mau Mats™ is simple as well. Place the mat into your tray, and sprinkle it with seeds. Attach the tray to your AquaTree™ and watch your seedlings grow.

Using Your AquaTree™ With Traditional Outdoor Gardening

Although the AquaTree™ allows you to grow indoors year round, we know that many of you also enjoy outdoor gardening too! If you’d rather grow your veggies past the microgreens stage,  you can absolutely transplant them into your outdoor garden instead of harvesting them. If you’re practicing Succession Planting outdoors, the AquaTree™ is the perfect  tool for getting your veggies ready for your garden.

Use the AquaTree™ to have a continuous batch of seedlings ready to go whenever you’re about to harvest from your outdoor garden. This cycle of harvesting and replanting will ensure that you make the most of your outdoor garden and increase your yield during the summer months.

No Need to Plant According to Seasons

If you stick with a typical outdoor garden, you plant in late spring, harvest throughout the summer, and lay your garden to rest in the fall. 

What’s great about the AquaTree™ is that you don’t have to adhere to the current seasons for your crops. When gardening outdoors, certain crops can only be planted during particular parts of the year, according to your climate. And if you live above a certain USDA Plant Hardiness Zone, the winter may be completely lost to you for growing anything. 

Another obstacle would be the hot, dry weather of summer. Excessive heat can destroy what you worked so hard to establish. And outdoor plants need more attention to ensure that the soil they’re in does not dry out, which can be time consuming. 

The AquaTree™ gives you control. You’re growing and harvesting your crops indoors, so you have the freedom to plant whatever you like whenever you like. You can enjoy Spinach sprouts in the winter, and Kale seedlings in the summer. It’s up to you!

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Benefits of Eating Superfoods

Benefits of Eating Superfoods

First, What are Superfoods?

The term “superfood” has been around since the early 20th century, and was initially used as a phrase coined to sell more bananas (no, really!). Since then, it has been used by various medical and dietary professionals as a term to indicate that a particular food has exceptional properties. Although it’s commonly used, the term isn’t scientific. 

Today, however, the term superfood is used to describe foods that tend to have high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These are mainly those that are heavy on nutritional value and light on calories. The benefits of these are usually linked to preventing disease and sickness, as well as promoting personal health.  

Before we list the superfoods you can grow with the AquaTree™, we’d like to caution you to focus on the food’s actual nutritional value, not just the marketing. Decide for yourself if adding any of these sprouts and microgreens would be beneficial in your daily life. 

What are the Advantages of Eating Superfoods (and Can I Eat Too Many?)

The benefits of eating superfoods can include better digestion and immune systems, improved skin health, and increased energy levels. They can help you feel great and live a longer, healthier life. Here’s a list of foods and possible benefits you can gain from them: 

  • Cruciferous vegetables is a large group of veggies that includes bok choy, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, swiss chard and collards. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals, which may prevent some types of cancer. 
  • Legumes are rich in fiber, folate, and plant-based protein. Studies show they can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Soy may also prevent memory loss caused by aging. It may also reduce bone loss as well as decrease menopausal symptoms.

As with many things in life, you can have too much of a good thing. It may be tempting to load up on one particular food, but remember that creating a balanced diet will yield the best results. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about which superfoods would be best for you.

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What Superfoods Can I Grow Using the AquaTree™?

The AquaTree™ can help you grow many kinds of sprouts and microgreens, whether it’s a superfood or “regular” food. Foods that have been dubbed “super”, and that can be grown in the AquaTree™ include:

  • Cruciferous veggies like kale sprouts, swiss chard sprouts and collard sprouts.
  • Legumes such as peanut sprouts, soy sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and yellow and green pea sprouts. 

Keep in mind that although some of what you can grow in the AquaTree™ has been labeled a superfood, many of the sprouts you’ll be able to grow have their own unique qualities and nutrients that make them just as special!

How can I add superfood sprouts and microgreens to my diet?

Adding sprouts and microgreens, whether superfood or not, has never been simpler. The AquaTree™ allows you to grow your own food and have harvests ready whenever you want them. Just so you know, superfoods aren’t just for salads! Here are a few ideas to get started: 

  • Make sure you have a fruit or a vegetable every time you eat, including meals and snacks.
  • Add shredded greens to soups, stews, and stir fries.
  • Sautee them with a little olive oil or try them steamed
  • Add to casseroles and pasta dishes!

These are just a few of the ways that you can add superfoods to your everyday life! Keep up with our blog and social media channels for more tips and healthy recipes!