Wednesday, November 14, 2012
"I know that there are some people on here that knows about Greenhouses and Hydroponics. I have recently been hired as a high school agriculture teacher and I am looking to see which hydroponics systems are the best, easiest to use, and the best/cheapest place to purchase. I have been looking at a few: General Hydroponics Rainforest 318, General Hydroponics AeroFlo2 Hydroponic Systems 60, Bontanicare® Aerojet,and Bontanicare® Econojet. Any help would be appreciated."
Which one would you choose? If you are interested, click on the links and make a suggestion to the young man under comments or email and I will get them to him.
Crop King is the one of the first companies I saw to sell hydroponics commerically. "Hydroponics, simply defined, is the growing of plants in a water and fertilizer solution containing the necessary nutrients for plant growth. It is not a new science, with work being done by researchers as early as the 1600's. In the early 1930's, W.E Gericke, of the University of California, put laboratory experiments in plant nutrition on a commercial scale. In doing so, he termed these nutri-culture systems "hydroponics". The word was derived from two Greek words, hydro, meaning water, and ponos, meaning labor, or literally, water working."
Before I retired I tried some hydroponics we the students. It turned out we got funding for an aquaponics unit so we went with that. It was quite a learning curve for this old teacher but the kids and I learned a lot and it became the center of attention for the whole school. Almost every child in the district was brought to the FFA Shop to see what my students were up to.
The best thing I did was befriend the night janitors who watched after the fish and lab at night while we were gone. They loved to feed the fish and if you've ever dropped food pellets into a fish tank or fish pond you know what I mean. They tended to overfeed them but it was OK. Everyone enjoyed the fish fry at harvest. Their "manure" made tasty vegetables we enjoyed, too. Lettuce was easy to grow and we even got beans and peas to grow but tomatoes took so much extra heat to produce.
I thought it was a neat topic for today but mainly, it brought back many memories for me. I hope you found it interesting, too.