Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hydroponic Lettuce

We (‘R Garden) have applied for a grant to help us grow lettuce year-round in a hydroponic operation. To learn more about the process, we (Julie and Tim) went to a three-day hydroponic training seminar conducted by CropKing, a company which makes equipment for hydroponic growing. What we had envisioned was a small operation of, say, 500 lettuce plants. What we saw was a humongous operation of 1000’s of tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and basil plants. We were awed! Expenses, on top of expenses! And complicated technology that we weren’t expecting. Chemistry being one of them and is not my thing. I barely passed chemistry in High School and haven’t given it a second thought since. I hung with them while they were talking about plants. Botany is much easier to understand and we work with plants all the time. But they lost me with the pH, electrical conductivity, and nutrient levels. This learning curve gets bigger and bigger. Now, we don’t know if we can do this or not. This proves the old saying about, “the more you learn, the more you know that you don’t know!”
Wow, and it just keeps going on each side!

I asked Mom to write a short paper on their trip. I think she did a great job on her homework assignment!

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