"Hardly any other sector produces as market-oriented as vegetable growing," says Swiss market gardener Ruedi Meier about agriculture in Aargau. He added: "Our business is 100 percent geared to the market." And the market for tomatoes and cucumbers has not known any seasonality for a long time. Consumers want to buy summer vegetables all year round. That's why Ruedi Meier grows his vegetables exclusively in greenhouses, on an area of 6.2 hectares.
The modern greenhouse facility / Photo: Meier Gemüse
When asked about the sustainability of greenhouses, Ruedi Meier extols the advantages of hors-sol cultivation. Of all things, the often demonized hors-sol cultivation, in which the vegetables are not grown in the ground but on substrates, is supposed to be particularly ecological. Ruedi Meier agrees and explains: "With hors-sol cultivation, I need much less soil per plant, and I can give each plant exactly what it needs to be strong, healthy and resistant. It is very far removed from the 'watering-can principle', where most of the water just misses the mark."