The Urban Farmer, Issue #048 *  Shreveport Experiment * Choose Your System * Critter Tip

June, 2012: 

 

           


       

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."

  ~May Sarton

 

 



 

Shreveporter experiments with hydroponic gardening

Sunshine, water and nutrients yield super-sized squash in Ed Clement's Shreveport backyard.

A stint as a student researcher at the LSU AgCenter jumpstarted his interest in soilless gardening. In 2011, he rigged a hydroponic trough with materials from home improvement retailers. He refined the idea this year and started the plants in March. Two months later, tomatoes, squash and lettuce tangle their roots in the homemade troughs attached to a south-facing wooden fence. Pumpkin vines creep along the yard and up the fence.

"The plant is able to devote more of its energy to the flowering portions if it doesn't have to devote energy to the roots to get nutrients and water," Clement said.

Agricultural research and commercial hydroponic production includes more than pure water-based systems. LSU AgCenter's Red River Research Station in Bossier Parish grows hothouse tomatoes in perlite, a mineral that puffs up "just like popcorn" when heated, said Hanna Y. Hanna, who oversees greenhouse tomato research.

See Ed's video by clicking on his photo below:

 

           

 


So which type of hydroponics system will you choose?

           
               



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Hydro Tip of the Month- Critters!

Have you found any insects in your garden (crawling, flying)? Identify and treat them by visiting our  Pests Page.

 



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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