The Urban Farmer, Issue #073 * Great Kids Hydro Projects * LED Grow & Hoops of Hope
So, What About the Kids?
Okay, so you're getting into hydroponics. What
about your children? Why not take them along for the ride? If you don't, you'll
be missing a super opportunity to spend some quality time with them and provide
a super learning experience.
Why Build a Hydroponic Garden With Your Kids?
As a kid, I remember growing a bean plant in school. It was 3rd grade and I
vaguely remember the lessons that the teacher was trying to convey…but if you
asked me for details today, I wouldn’t be able to tell you any. Looking back,
this was for a few reasons:
I didn’t connect growing the plant to growing food
I didn’t see the final product (we didn’t grow the plant to the point where it
produced new beans)
It just wasn’t that cool – it was a bean in a cup with some of that
foam they use for floral arrangements (you know the kind)
For this tutorial, I wanted to put together a guide that solves all three of
those problems for your child…something I would have loved back in third grade!
What Your Child Will Learn While Building a 2 Liter Bottle Garden
*The Growth Cycle of a Plant
*What Plants Need to Grow (They don't need soil)
*Where Food REALLY Comes From
No longer will food be something that just magically shows up on their plates.
By growing edible leafy greens, your child will learn exactly what happens
before the food they eat hits their mouths every meal.
P.S. If your child doesn’t like eating veggies, this is an especially good
project for them…kids seem to “magically” want to eat lettuce and spinach after
they grow it themselves. Funny how that works…
The rest of the story:
Another Hydroponics for kids website:
Hydroponic experiments for kids:
UPDATE ON OUR 2 RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. LED TRIALS:
Our tomato plant is really not thriving well under the 432watt 7-band LED; but,
it is looking better the last 2 days, and has several buds.
2. Hoops of Hope (Our original Hydroponic SURVIVAL GREENHOUSE)
4 complete hydroponics setups in the our greenhouse are going crazy! [top drip
Bato buckets, Ebb & Flow, lettuce raft, and 5 gallon bubbler bucket]. They
apparently love the light provided by the Solexx panels. The cool thing is, they
don't shade each other out as they would with light from a lamp. The greenhouse
provides soft, even diffused lighting all around each plant. I am very
Video of the Month:
Kid's Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening
Earth Day 2011: Windowfarms Project
Hydro Tip of the Month-
Do you need to plant your hydroponic vegetables
according to the seasons?
If your hydroponic vegetable garden is going to spend all its days inside, in
air-conditioned comfort, then the crops you grow won't need to be matched to the
Why not grow watermelons in January or broccoli in July?
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