Growing My Own Vegetables Indoors With Hydroponics

Growing My Own Vegetables Indoors With Hydroponics

So I’ve been kicking around the idea of growing some lettuce indoors.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and just trying to absorb as much as I possibly can before starting this little endeavour.  To start out with I’m going to try growing a few different types of lettuces.  I’ve contacted a local organic seed farm located and purchased 3 types to start with.  They are:

Winter Density Romaine Lettuce

Fine Cut Oak Green Leaf Lettuce

Arugula (my personal favorite).

These three seem to not require a lot of sunlight, and thrive in cooler weather.  Growing them in my basement in the winter, is hopefully going to be an optimal environment for them.

Of the different methods of hydroponic growing that are out there, I’ve decided to go with Deep Water Culture (DWC).  This method involves a 10 gallon reservoir (or tub), that contains the nutrient rich water from which the plants will be getting their nutrients, an air pump that has an air stone on the end of it, that provides the water with the oxygen the roots need to keep them alive, 2″ net pots, to hold the plants and allow the roots to grow from and into the nutrient solution, grow stones that work like tiny little sponges that absorb water and nutrients and store them for the plants whenever they want, and of course organic nutrients.

I spoke to my local hydroponics guy and asked him for an organic nutrient solution and will be using that.  I’m really excited to start this, and can’t wait to see the results.  If you have or currently grow hydroponically, leave a comment!  I also made a youtube account where I will be updating how things are progressing.  I started about a week ago, so I will put some pictures up in the next post to show how the seedlings are coming along.  Subscribe and let me know what you think!

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