Urban Farmer: * Hydroponics for Kids * Project Updates

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Urban Farmer: * Hydroponics for Kids * Project Updates
July 01, 2014


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

old green

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: 





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


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