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Urban Farmer: * Spice-Versa * Sweet Tomatoes * Helping Veterans
August 01, 2014


The Urban Farmer, Issue #074 * Spice-Versa * Sweet Tomatoes * Helping Veterans

August, 2014:


“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
        ~Claude Monet


Interesting new Hydroponic Herb Garden

Created by Ana Arguezo, the Spice Versa concept is a hanging system that grows organic herbs right inside your own home. With its compact design, it doesn’t take up much space at all so it’s perfect for a small condo or apartment. The Spice-Versa hangs from a wall or ceiling and can grow up to 6 different kinds of herbs at once. It comes with a mercury spot light and biodegradable plant gel, which provides all the nutrients and water that growing plants require.

The best part about the Spice-Versa is that herbs can be grown year round without worry about weather conditions or garden pests. To boot, its sleek design adds ambiance to any room and keeps the surrounding air smelling fresh and aromatic.



The tomato under the 432watt 7-band LED got a horrible case of aphids, which we tried to eradicate without success. We ended up taking it out to the compost pile, disinfecting everything and making sure there were no aphids left in the grow closet. We are going to start all over with this lamp with a new plant a little later.

In the meantime, we went on and set up the Spectrum King SK450 (full-spectrum) with a new tomato plant. This is what it looks like at day #18:

2. Hoops of Hope (Our original Hydroponic SURVIVAL GREENHOUSE)

4 complete hydroponics setups in the our greenhouse are still going crazy! [top drip Bato buckets, Ebb & Flow, lettuce raft, and 5 gallon bubbler bucket].  This is what the crops look like this week, we have started harvesting green beans, cucumbers, peppers and lettuce:


Video of the Month:

Giving returning veterans an entrepreneurial boost:


Hydro Tip of the Month- 

Tomatoes are probably the favorite crop when it comes to home gardening. Learn about their special requirements, the best varieties for hydroponics and how to handle those vines when they get out of hand:

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of The Urban Farmer Ezine. Each month, we will bring you another inspiring photo, gardening quote or idea, plus fresh new hydroponics news, techniques & products.

Insiders tips to get you growing...


~Stella and Simon from Hydroponics-Simplified.

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