What is hydroponics? hy•dro•pon•ics

Noun: The process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.

The word hydroponics come from two Greek words: “hydro,” meaning water; and “ponics,” meaning labor. The concept of soilless gardening has been around for thousands of years.

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, which is the growing of plants in a soilless medium, or an aquatic-based environment. Hydroponic growing uses mineral nutrient solutions to feed the plants in water, without soil.

For more information about hydroponics please contact Tom Brost at 847-872-0037 or e-mail tbrost@nri1953.org.

Advantages of Hydroponic Growing:

• Just about anyone can do it
• Plants can be grown anywhere with this system
• Expedited plant growth
• Nutrient control
• Growers determine harvest date
•Plants clean the air and release oxygen
• Ability to control all aspects of the growing enviornment (including pests, funguses, air, water, and plant disease)

  •  FUN and HEALTHY!

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Watermelon Feta Salad

  • Whisk 1 part white wine vinegar with 3 parts olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  • Toss with fresh lettuce, red onion slices, watermelon cubes, crumbled feta, niçoise olives and fresh oregano.
  • Enjoy!

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