I have been fascinated with hydroponics ever since I rode the Living With the Land Boat Ride at Epcot during a high school trip to Walt Disney World. For those of you who have never heard of it, hydroponics is growing plants in water instead of in soil. On that ride, the boat travels through a working greenhouse that uses hydroponics to grow a majority of the vegetables that are used at the restaurants at Epcot.
We were at Disney again last March and that boat ride was the first thing we went on at Epcot. Afterwards, my mind was reeling with the possibility of setting up a small hydroponics system in my kitchen to grow greens during the winter for my daily green smoothie. (I go through a ton of greens each week!)
I never have gotten around to setting it up, due to my lovely back issues and subsequent surgery, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing some planning and dreaming. Here is what I have come up with so far…
- For the stand, I want to use sturdy wire shelve that I have seen at my local home improvement store. The one I want has 4 shelves. I want to use 3 for growing space and the bottom one will be for storage.
- I want to use long shop lights suspended from the shelf above. I have used this sort of set up in the past for starting seeds inside. I need to explore what type of light spectrum is needed for indoor growing.
- As for the actual hydroponic system itself, I am thinking I want to start with a simple ebb and flow system. I need to do some more research on this to see which system type would be best for the type of food I want to grow.
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So tell me… Have you ever heard of hydroponics? Have you ever tried to grow any foods inside during the winter?