Gardening is a great way to commune with nature, much like going camping without a tent or feeding a cell phone to a bear. Learn nature's language with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a 60-minute intro to indoor-gardening class and one package of USDA-certified organic seeds (a $30 value)
- $20 for a 60-minute advanced indoor-gardening class and two packages of USDA-certified organic seeds (a $40 value)
Both classes cover hydroaquaponic gardening, a method that creates a symbiotic relationship between fish tanks—which feed crops with nutrients—and gardens perched on top of the tanks that filter out impurities that may come into the water. Intro classes cover traditional techniques and proper gardening tools, while advanced classes introduce the pros and cons of continuous soil feeding and watering, or organic versus inorganic options.
Root 66 Aquaponics Garden Shop
Root 66 Aquaponics Garden Shop has all the accoutrements of a standard garden supply¬—USDA-certified organic seeds, pots, and organic fertilizers. But Root 66 is hardly your grandmother's general store. Its focus is hydroaquaponics, which creates a symbiotic relationship between a tank of fish and the garden on top of the tank. The sustainable method uses a system of pumps and tubes to harvest and distribute plant food from the fish tank below. The fish, in turn, are fed, sheltered, and taught to use salad forks by the plants above them.
In the shop's introductory video, founder Shawn Odneal says that hydroaquaponics is, "the future of food production and the closest I can get to self-sustainability," by "taking traditional gardening techniques and applying them in a new way." In addition to specializing in hydroaquaponics, he also strives to make gardening accessible to city dwellers with rooftop and vertical gardens.