Aeroponic growing systems come in many sizes. Balancing size against price in aeroponics kits. How much food can an aeroponic system produce? Commercial aeroponic grow systems vs homemade aeroponics.
Squash plants growing in an aeroponic greenhouse, the ultimate in aeroponic garden systems.
I think this picture demonstrates that you can grow large amounts of produce using an aeroponic growing system. The aeroponics method of gardening will not limit what you can produce.
Space is the primary limiting factor. (The other is cost.)
One of the big advantages to aeroponic farming or gardening (as the case may be) is that it produces a larger amount of produce per square foot allowing you to maximize whatever space you have.
Peppers growing in an aeroponic growing system.
One of the biggest advantages of growing food using an aeroponics system is that you can do it indoors.
These benefits of aeroponic grow systems have been touted so heavily that you may not be aware that aeroponic systems can be used outdoors as well.
Large aeroponics growing systems are usually housed inside greenhouses to protect the plants and the equipment from the elements and because the pumps which circulate the nutrients to and mist the plants' roots run off of electricity.
This does not mean that you have to situate your system indoors (though there are many advantages to doing so) just that you need to place it near an electrical outlet.
You can set your aeroponic system up on your back porch or patio. I have seen them set up just outside a covered patio to take advantage of the natural sunlight. One side of this system was bolted to the concrete patio, the other was sitting in a gravel bed.
This arrangement will work out best where winter temps do not fall below the twenties F. Winter crops can be grown allowing the aeroponic garden to be productive at all times just as it would be indoors.
The first consideration is location. Where are you going to put your aeroponic garden?
If you live in an apartment with no balcony, the decision is simple. You need either a tabletop or window unit.
A small aeroponic system is the best place for a beginner to start no matter how much space is available. A small tabletop or window system will let you test the waters, so to speak, before diving in.
For a very small price, you can experiment with aeroponic growing and find out if you want to do it on a larger scale.
I don't think your first aeroponic system should be homemade. But after having used a small prefabricated system for a while, you may feel ready to build your own larger system.
You might even be able to save money or customize a growing system to your exact needs.
If saving money is your goal, be careful.
The various aeroponic supplies you need to get a system up and running add up quickly.