Why a Container Farm Beats a Lettuce Box Every Time

Fresh lettuce from a vertical farm in a wooden box

Growing plants from start to finish is a rewarding task.

Not only does it result in fresh greens you can add to your lunches or sell for a profit, it also comes with a whole host of mental benefits like improved mood and concentration.

These days there’s so many options for growing plants, it’s tedious to sift through and decide what’s worthwhile and what’s not.

One popular option is the lettuce box.

Lettuce boxes are perfect for small families or individual use, but not so much for farmers looking for commercial production.

As a hydroponic system, a lettuce box grows lettuce without the use of soil.

Hydroponic systems are great for those of us who live in urban areas.

Since soil is not needed, farmers easily cultivate substantial amounts of crops indoors with very little space using hydroponics.

Hydroponics uses a growing medium to support plant roots instead of soil and nutrient solution to provide food for the plants. There are many different types, varying in complexity and style.

The Kratky Method is a popular choice for people with no previous farming experience. It requires little maintenance and can be done with basic materials.

Lettuce boxes are an example of a product that uses the Kratky Method.

In this method, plants are grown in containers filled with water. They sit on top of the container with their roots growing into the water supply below.

As the water is soaked up by the roots, an air pocket between the lid of the container and the water surface grows.

This provides oxygen to the plants, allowing them to get bigger and stronger.  

Since the Kratky Method is so simple, a lettuce box is a great introduction to hydroponic farming.

However, lettuce boxes are not practical for larger scale production.

For one thing, a lettuce box can only grow one crop type at a time. Hence the name.

This is because each plant uses the same water source. Different crops need different balances of nutrients.

Additionally, these systems don’t come with lighting.

Therefore, they have to be placed somewhere with a lot of sunlight, defeating one of the benefits of indoor farming. Otherwise, you have to purchase your own grow lights.

Another downside of a lettuce box is, it can only support growing small plants, like lettuce.

Plus, because you have to monitor and balance each one of your box’s nutrients by hand, it takes a lot of time to maintain multiple boxes.

Another concern with the Krakty Method is that it’s extremely easy to drown plants. Finding the right balance of air and water can be tricky for novice farmers.

As a result, it requires a bit of trial and error. So, don’t depend on immediate results.

If you’re looking to start an indoor farm, going bigger than a lettuce box is better.

Three Pure Greens shipping container farms

Container farms offer beginner indoor farmers a wealth of advantages that collecting lettuce boxes won’t. Even if you are only planning on growing one type of crop.

A container farm is an ISO shipping container repurposed into an indoor micro-farm.

Our Pure Greens Container Farms use state-of-the-art hydroponic systems, giving you greater control over nutrients, pH, and every other factor.

Container farms also yield high amounts of produce.

As a result, they’re extremely effectual for commercial farmers.

They also come outfitted with other advanced growing technology, such as highly efficient LED lights and controllable environments.

Efficient lighting is especially important for indoor farms because too much heat can burn plants. Plus, it brings down your electric bill.

Controllable environments give you the power to adjust temperature and humidity to create perfect growing conditions for your plants, resulting in healthier, faster growth.

You don’t need to be an expert to successfully run a container farm, either.

Our Pure Greens Container Farms are particularly suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

Not only are our systems intuitive, but we also offer the option of free two-day training with purchase of a Container Farm.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about installations or construction, as they come turnkey.

Container farms open the door to living out your urban farming dream.

What are you waiting for?

Try your hand at growing a variety of leafy greens in a Pure Greens Container Farm. You won’t be disappointed.

To learn more, visit our website or call us at 602-753-3469.