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Once a hydroponic system is up-and running, it is fairly cheap to maintain as fewer inputs are needed compared with conventional, soil-based cultivation. For a start, it is less labour-intensive.

As water is recycled, hydroponic systems conserve water by as much as 90% compared to field growing conditions. And because it's a closed system, with no nutrients leaching into soils, there are good environmental arguments for going down this route.

Nutrient-rich water is pumped, sprayed or dripped onto plant roots in a controlled environment. At Cae Gwyn, the water is pumped along troughs, like guttering, which are raised waist-high on benches- this is called an NFT system (nutrient film technique).

We also grow in containers containing perlite or clay balls - using a drip system.

 

  

 

 


 


Now for some photos of some of the plants we have grown hydroponically

                    Basil                                        Lettuce

Cabbage greyhound                                          Okra


Peppers                                                              Mizuna

Sage,chives,runner beans                                  Some flowers

                    Pakchoi                                    Lasso rosso lettuce

              

Helychrysum hanging to dry                       Wombok (chinese cabbage)

 

     

                     OKRA

 

Mizuma has proved very popular

American Cress with a strong peppery bite to it.

                  

Strong growing Rosemary                           Stevia -or sweet herb of Paraguay-

                

As lettuces are harvested                                         Now thats what you call a Marigold !

young seedlings take their place.

Sylvesta a butterhead type lettuce

Lettuces seem to like the cooler environment!

Feverfew producing strong aromatic leaves.

A bumble bee tucking into a late calendula feast !

                     

            Mizuma flower                                          Pink flower

              

           Roquet flower                              Wombok flowers

 

 

  Echinacea growing hydroponically

All parts of the Echinacea purpurae are used medicinally - not just the root - and so we are experimenting to see how it does!

This is our first flower- July 2007

 Also growing well - green basil - can you smell it?

                                         and Thai basil -which is very strong

The flat green beans have done very well and it looks like a case of pick and come again and again!

and celery grew extremely well - either eaten raw when young or used in stews, casseroles and soups.

Winter Density Cos

Vienna Crisphead

Minutina

 

Raddiccio (chicory)

Choisum hon tsai tai

Pak choi just waiting to be cut and stir fried!

Hydroponic corn

Purple Russian Tomatoes

Unusual colouring - but very tasty!



Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 )
 
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