Gardening Below the Surface: Nemo’s Garden
As I continue my work here at Deep Trekker I have had the opportunity to learn more and more about the relationship between growing crops and the ocean. This relationship does not just stop at farming finfish and shellfish species- it deals with plants too! With work being focused on Aquaponics, the idea that the ocean and its available nutrients can be used to farm vegetables and plants has become a reality (although currently only on a small scale). Nevertheless, the prospect of using the ocean in conjunction with growing vegetables and food is becoming more and more prominent as research and trials continue.
Today I came across an article that demonstrates another way in which a new step has been taken to strengthen this relationship. Ocean Reef Inc. has adopted a project that has been in effect for the past 4 years. The project includes building greenhouses on the ocean floor off the coast of Italy, to grow vegetables by using the abundance of nutrients and the surrounding environment to optimize growth results. The project is named Nemo’s Garden.
“The underwater temperatures are constant, and the shape of the greenhouses allows for water to constantly evaporate and replenish the plants. What’s more, the high amounts of carbon dioxide act like steroids for the plants, making them grow at very rapid rates.”
Check out this video for a description on how the project works!
So far the project has seen tremendous success despite some trial stages where crops were lost. “The hope is that the company’s success so far may lay the foundation for a new form of crop production that can be done without harming the environment.”
This growing relationship and potential new-found reliance on our world’s oceans shows yet another reason why our they are so important to us. Here at Deep Trekker we highly encourage exploring and trying new things, like building greenhouses on the ocean floor. Our hope is that as people begin to recognize the importance of our waters, the global community will do all they can to protect and work in conjunction with the seas. These greenhouses are a perfect example of doing so.
Imagine exploring underwater greenhouses, and all the of the wildlife that surrounds them, using a Deep Trekker ROV. I sincerely hope that I have the opportunity to check out sites like these at some point!
Check out more about this amazing project here!