Hydroponic Greenhouse Tour

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Hydroponic Greenhouse Tour

Hi All,

I'm setting up a tour of the local hydroponic greenhouse in April! They are growing letttuce and herbs now but did grow tomatoes and cucumbers.  I can't wait to see the operation.  Here's their website.  Take a look at the awesome cucumber plants!

http://www.ahealthierwaytogrow.com/

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Hi, Beth, That's a lot of

Hi, Beth,

That's a lot of commuting. Glad you're finding time to garden at all!

Interesting re specially formulating cuke nutes for his water. Formulating to what, I wonder. The dratted things are so easy to grow with crunchy local tap water outdoors, in marginal soil, in summer... Mine have lots of little cukes now, but I can't tell if any are growing. Not following the usual first-on-the-stem-gets-fat pattern, anyway...

I'm surprised it's hard to find veggies in rural Maryland. I didn't think it was that different from here in the truck farm zone.

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Hi Gisette,  This is a tour

Hi Gisette,

 This is a tour I'm setting up for the Maryland Master Gardeners.  I hope to do more this year than just the email distribution list!  Work should be slower this year so I can attend the fun things.  They are a nice group of folks but don't have day jobs (retired or don't have to work).  I keep attached to the group because I really want to share knowledge of growing veggies to the public when I retire!  It is just hard because I do work and my commute has increased to at least a couple hours a day.  Its all I can do to come home and think about growing things.

I will corner the greenhouse guy about his cucs.  I've talked to him before and I know he got his nutes specially formulated for his water from Crop King (I think).  I'm hoping he has some leftover nutes that I can try.

 Regarding eating local, you wouldn't believe how hard it is to find decent veggies here in rural Maryland.  The greenhouse is the exception.  I still bought a pack of California grown lettuce for dinner tonight because I was at the store and it was just too darn easy to pick up a bag.  We did eat 3 cucs from the downstairs ag and I am getting ready to harvest the 4th swiss chard picking tomorrow. One day I'll get it all sorted out...

 

Beth 

 

 

 

 

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Very cool, Beth! I hope for a

Very cool, Beth! I hope for a thorough report from you picking their brains on the how-to of hydroponic cucumbers.

Is this a personal tour, or are you arranging it for a group?

I love the local-produce angle. For you in Maryland, me in CT - it just feels so wrong to be buying poor-quality produce from the Imperial Valley in California, when we live in some of the most blessedly fertile lands on Earth. There are already vast greenhouses here in Connecticut - mostly growing flats of annual flowers. Aside from the orchards with their special year-round fruit storage bins. Though I'm not clear on how they persuade apples and pears to stay fresh for months on end.

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