Paradigm Gardens was established, as a family owned retail store committed to providing excellent quality progressive gardening products. Our first store, located in Omaha, Nebraska, was opened in 1999. Our second store in Madison, Wisconsin opened its doors in 2000.
Paradigm Gardens offers a premium selection of:
• Horticultural Lighting
• Fully Automated Growing Systems
• Environmental Controls
• Plant Nutrients and Supplements
• Soil & Soilless Growing Medias
• Specialty & Urban Gardening
• Water-Wise Gardening Products
We pride ourselves
on our knowledgeable sales staff and friendly service. Paradigm Gardens is dedicated
to providing a healthy work environment for its workers, paying a fair wage
and ensuring a safe, exciting shopping experience for our customers.
We are also professional
members of the Progressive Gardening Trade Association.
The future health
of our Earth and communities are important to us. We promote earth-friendly,
water-wise and organic gardening practices.
is continuously evolving to provide excellent customer service, selection and
education to set the standard in the 21st Century!
generally view gardening as a wholesome activity that enhances our environment.
But pesticides, fertilizers, and erosion from gardens and landscapes can contaminate
lakes, streams, rivers, the ocean, and groundwater. Since the quality of our
water resources affects our quality of life, we must learn how our gardening
practices can contribute to water contamination and what we can do to reduce
the threat to water quality.
Many different civilizations have utilized hydroponic growing techniques throughout
history. As noted in Hydroponic Food Production (Fifth Edition, Woodbridge Press,
1997, page 23) by Howard M. Resh: "The hanging gardens of Babylon, the
floating gardens of the Aztecs of Mexico and those of the Chinese are examples
of 'Hydroponic' culture. Egyptian hieroglyphic records dating back several hundred
years B.C. describe the growing of plants in water." Hydroponics is hardly
a new method of growing plants. However, giant strides have been made over the
years in this innovative area of agriculture.
But by the 1970s, it wasn't just scientists and analysts who were involved
in hydroponics. Traditional farmers and eager hobbyists began to be attracted
to the virtues of hydroponic growing. A few of the positive aspects of hydroponics
• The ability to produce higher yields than traditional, soil-based agriculture.
• Allowing food to be grown and consumed in areas of the world that cannot
support crops in the soil.
• Eliminating the need for massive pesticide use (considering most pests
live in the soil), effectively making our air, water, soil, and food cleaner.
Commercial growers are flocking to hydroponics like never before. The ideals
surrounding these growing techniques touch on subjects that most people care
about, such as helping end world hunger and making the world cleaner. In addition
to the extensive research that is going on, everyday people from all over the
world have been building (or purchasing) their own systems to grow great-tasting,
fresh food for their family and friends. Educators are realizing the amazing
applications that hydroponics can have in the classroom. And ambitious individuals
are striving to make their dreams come true by making their living in their
backyard greenhouse, selling their produce to local markets and restaurants.
Soaring Food Prices
These are just a few of the many reasons why the home vegetable garden is making
a comeback in a big way.
Sales of vegetable seeds and plants are up by 40 percent over last year, an
unheard of one-year growth rate for any segment of the $40 billion annual lawn
and garden market. Why? Because the rise in energy prices is not only affecting
fuel prices, but virtually every consumer product, including food. Obviously,
one of the easiest ways to provide a hedge against rising food prices is to
grow your own. This has translated into our business with the demand of high-quality
nutrients and indoor or greenhouse supplies.
Gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in America, and is predominately
enjoyed in the warmer months. Recently, this hobby has become more of a lifestyle,
with all of the focus on healthy and local food.
Many gardeners have expressed an interest in bringing the outdoors in for the
winter to continue their local food production year-round. Imagine harvesting
fresh herbs and greens or peppers and tomatoes for dinner throughout the winter,
all in the convenience of your own home! This is all possible with recent advancements
in indoor gardening technologies and the implementation of an indoor gardening
area. Think of it like a greenhouse without glass walls.
What traditionally marks the end of the gardening season for most can now be
viewed as an opportunity for today's progressive gardener. In order to accomplish
plant growth indoors, one must utilize an energy efficient indoor plant light
to replace the sun. The wattage and intensity will be determined by the type
of crop to be grown. Then, the gardener may choose between hydroponics and traditional
soil-based growing for their plants.
Hydroponics, which is growing plants without soil, typically allows less watering
maintenance via automatic watering. That saves times and allows the homeowner
to leave for longer periods of time while using less water in the process.
Gardeners may also choose to hand water their plants in soil as they would
outdoors on their patio or in the garden. The same requirements for plants are
needed indoors as they are outdoors, so the grower is literally creating a living
environment, allowing eternal Spring all year long.
Got a basement, garage, spare room, or closet - any space will do. You can
even use your new light to start next season's seeds and, who knows, you may
not even want to bring them back outside at all!
You can learn much more about these concepts and the many other products developed
to enable and enhance the success of your indoor gardening efforts at www.ParadigmGardens.com.
This new website provides a wealth of information on earth-friendly, water-wise
and organic gardening topics for both the novice and seasoned pro!
With hundreds of new progressive gardening products, customers can now search
through categories including horticultural lighting, fully automated growing
systems, complete line of hydroponic equipment, greenhouse supplies, environmental
controls, nutrients, supplements, and organics. The Paradigm Gardens™
website offers monthly product specials, special shipping offers, same day shipping,
lists of best sellers, and educational information to help make the best buying
decisions. Additionally customers can register to receive emails featuring monthly
special offers and other valuable information.
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