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Growing and Maintaining Food Crops at Home

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

Growing your own herbs and vegetables at home is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. It provides fresh, healthy food and serves as a fun and educational activity for the whole family. In this blog post, we'll offer some basic tips for growing and maintaining small food crops, such as basil or thyme, within your home and discuss how innovative technologies can help make the process even more efficient.

Growing and Maintaining Small Food Crops:

  1. Choose the right location: Small food crops, like basil and thyme, require plenty of sunlight to thrive. Ensure you select a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily (Wolverton, 1996).

  2. Use good soil: Soil is the foundation of any successful garden. Opt for high-quality soil rich in nutrients to support healthy plant growth (Magdoff and Van Es, 2009).

  3. Water regularly: Small food crops need consistent watering, but be cautious not to over-water. Water the plants when the top inch of soil feels dry (Fereres and Soriano, 2007).

  4. Use natural fertilizers: Chemical fertilizers can harm both plants and the environment. Instead, use natural fertilizers like compost or organic fertilizers to nourish your plants (Poudel et al., 2002).

Olla irrigation technology can simplify the process of growing and maintaining small food crops. This system utilizes porous clay pots buried in the soil to provide water to plants as needed, helping conserve water, prevent over-watering, and reduce maintenance time and effort. The Garden Stack, a compact and modular vertical farm, fully automates crop care using olla irrigation technology.

A study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development found that olla irrigation technology can improve the growth and yield of tomato plants (Rodríguez-Delfín et al., 2012). Another study published in Agricultural Water Management suggests that sub-irrigation systems like olla technology can help conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture (Bainbridge, 2001).

Growing and maintaining small food crops like basil or thyme at home can be a fun and rewarding experience. With Garden Stack's olla irrigation technology, it becomes even easier and more efficient. By following these basic tips and utilizing the olla system, you can enjoy fresh and healthy herbs and vegetables all year round. To learn more about Garden Stack, click here.


Bainbridge, D. A. (2001). Buried clay pot irrigation: A little known but very efficient traditional method of irrigation. Agricultural Water Management, 48(2), 79-88.

Fereres, E., & Soriano, M. A. (2007). Deficit irrigation for reducing agricultural water use. Journal of Experimental Botany, 58(2), 147-159.

Magdoff, F., & Van Es, H. (2009). Building soils for better crops: Sustainable soil management (3rd ed.). Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and USDA-NRCS.

Poudel, D. D., Horwath, W. R., Lanini, W. T., Temple, S. R., & Van Bruggen, A. H. C. (2002). Comparison of soil N availability and leaching potential, crop yields and weeds in organic, low-input and conventional farming systems in northern California. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 90(2), 125-137.

Rodríguez-Delfín, A., et al. (2012). The use of buried clay pots (ollas) as a traditional irrigation technique for sustainable water management in small


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