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My Hydroponic Garden – An Easy Sustainable Way To Produce Food!

After leaving church some several Sundays ago, I was going to take the kids to this little nursery around the corner where you can buy great greens.   Unfortunately, we got there too late.  But as we were heading back towards home, we came across the local Sunday farmers market.  It just so happened there were only 10 minutes left before it would be wrapping up.  And the only vendor we went to was a woman selling hydroponic gardens.  I had never heard of this concept.  But this was the perfect alternative for my desire to have a garden, and to what I was originally thinking here.  I am always looking for signs and messages that show me that I am where I’m supposed to be.  And this is one of them.  Because the message at church that day just so happened to be “Spring!  Time to Grow!”.  So, what did I do?  I bought into the concept and purchased all of the components I needed to start my garden at home that day!  

According to Martha Stewart, “Hydroponics is a specialized type of gardening that grows plants in soil-free nutrient solutions. An economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable way to produce food, hydroponic gardens are grown in a controlled environment, so require only basic agriculture skills.”  

From my grower, I received:

A plastic bin

Styrofoam with holes cut out

Fertilizing liquid

Seedlings (variety of 35) 

Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

Watercress

Genovese Basil

Thai Basil 

  

Celery Leaf (great for cooking – very strong celery flavor) 

The whole garden is filling in very nicely!  

One of the things I really wanted to grow was watercress, and it just so happens that the watercress is sort of taking over the whole garden.  I like it!!!

Lately, I’ve been whipping up a mixed salad with whatever I have on hand.  The greens in this salad are a combination of watercress and lettuce.  Let’s just say, I haven’t bought lettuce, basil, or watercress, in over a month!  Now that’s my kind of garden!

If you’re interested in learning more on how to make your own Hydroponic Garden, Martha Stewart has detailed directions on how to make one.  

Are you growing food hydroponically?   

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