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Journey into Hydroponics, Part 3 - Growing plants without soil


September 12, 2019

Photos courtesy of Mike Heath.

Above: L-R Master Gardeners Marie Madison, Sherry Cram and Bea Ellenson. Photo is a multiple varieties of lettuce at the Colorado State University Hydroponics Research Facility. CSU funds their hydroponics research by growing lettuce and selling it to the dining facility contractor.

This week I took down my hydroponic system in the greenhouse. No, it wasn't because of disappointment or failure or anything like that. I've learned all I could from that particular system and I had to remove it in order to begin building the permanent system. I was still getting very large, beautiful tomatoes and the peppers coming from the hydroponic plants were at least twice as large and three to four times as numerous as those from the soil-based plants. But I need to get started on the new system if I'm going to have it ready for next year. The question now becomes what to grow and ho...

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