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Welcome to Grow Your Health Gardening!

Our mission at Grow Your Health Gardening is to educate and inspire individuals on how they can better grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs at home to live healthier, more productive lives.

We aim to provide resources in all forms of gardening:

  • soil based gardening
  • aquaponics
  • hydroponics
  • aeroponics

The goal is to grow your confidence in growing a variety of healthy foods no matter what growing zone you live in around the United States and beyond.

We will also blog about how to incorporate natural foods into your diet through convenient and helpful healthy products (like JuicePlus+ ), recipes, and cooking tips.

Feel free to take a look around and dive in to growing your health through gardening!

 

About Erin Castillo:

Erin Castillo, Owner of Grow Your Health Gardening, has loved growing flowers and food throughout her life-time. She grew up helping on her family wheat farm in the state of Washington and seeing first-hand her grandmother grow a large garden for canning and feeding large crews.

In 2004, Erin and her husband and twin sons moved across country to Atlanta, GA. There, she discovered the growing conditions varied greatly from the soil biome she was accustomed to in the Northwest. She was drawn to learning more about hydroponics in 2015 after battling the poor growing conditions of clay-ridden soil and it’s soil insect. She hated weeding in the hot humidity of Atlanta’s summers and wanted to find a new (and albeit an easier) alternative that would overcome these obstacles while also maximizing growing on her one-acre. And yet, she also had a strong desire to teach her five children about growing food — a life skill she felt was essential. Over the course of a year, together with the help of her husband, she constructed a bato-bucket (also known as a Dutch Bucket) system and successfully grew Heirloom and Hybrid Tomatoes, Italian Parsley, and Basil. The following year, she added an indoor aquaponics system which was run by two beautiful Koi in a closed system containing two half-drums filled with clay balls. Here, she grew herbs and Aloe Vera under lights.

In 2018, Erin’s husband experienced a heart-attack with a 99% blockage and he survived by the grace of God. In his recovery process, both Erin and her husband decided they needed to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their daily lifestyles and they needed to ramp up quickly. They decided to invest in a family set of three Tower Garden Aeroponic / Hydroponic Vertical Growing Systems (by JuicePlus+) and found immediate success in growing 84 herbs and vegetables in as little as a 2.5′ x 9′ space. She also is experienced in preservation methods for optimizing what is grown at home harvests including canning, dehydrating herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as making her own true hydrosols using a handcrafted copper still.

She also holds certifications from Upstart University specializing in Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics as follows:

Upstart University Farm Taining Hydroponic & Aquaponic Crop Certification for Erin Castillo      Upstart University Farm Training Choosing Your Production Method Certification for Erin Castillo

Upstart University Farm Training Seeds and Seedlings Certification     Upstart University Farm Training Bato Buckets and Vine Crop Production Certification for Erin CastilloUpstart University Farm Training Intro to Organics Certification for Erin Castillo    Upstart University Farm Training Hydroponic & Aquaponic Crops Certification for Erin Castillo

ZipGrow-Certification    Upstart University Farm Training Greenhouses for Small Farmers Certification for Erin Castillo

Tips for Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Soil-based Gardening Methods

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