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  • Day trippin': Hydroponic gardening on the rise

  • Thanks to a local family’s endeavor to provide for their current and future generations, garden-fresh vegetables that you can pick yourself will soon be available for sale at Fox Ridge Farm on State Highway V near Camdenton at Linn Creek.
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  • Thanks to a local family’s endeavor to provide for their current and future generations, garden-fresh vegetables that you can pick yourself will soon be available for sale at Fox Ridge Farm on State Highway V near Camdenton at Linn Creek.
    Hydroponic gardening is presently rare to Camden County. Two years ago, after researching and analyzing their project, they used their expertise and imagination to plant their special garden. Although the garden is unique in its customizing and took several weeks to build, adventurers can find a variety of hydroponic garden kits sources available. Home hydroponic kits may be available through Fox Ridge Farm as well as fresh summer produce.
    Their large variety of plantings all grow in hanging containers. They use a neutral planting medium including coconut fiber. From the garden’s main control board, nutrients and water are automatically injected through drip tubes to each garden station twice a day.
    Hydroponics is a “method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, or coconut husk.” The family said, “growing vertically is very clean, and the produce tastes better because it has the proper nutrients and minerals.” The largest commercial hydroponics facility in the world is Eurofresh Farms in Willcox, Arizona. The hydroponic garden uses up to ninety percent less water than the conventional garden as we know it to produce the same amount of food. This method provides more nutrients and is not likely to be annoyed by pests due to the ability to monitor and control each container.
     
    Why would a gardener want to adapt to hydroponics? The reasons are that no soil is needed, water stays in the system with minimal loss of water, nutrient levels controllable, nutrient pollution not released into environment, there are stable and high plant yields, and container mobility make eradicates all soil borne diseases and minimizes garden pests.
     
    Hydroponic garden vegetables will soon be available for sale at Fox Ridge Farm located behind Fox and Hound Antiques. More details in ads that will be available as the summer’s crop progresses.

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