BetterGrow Hydro and Living Lettuce Farms were recently featured in the Pasadena Weekly for a story about the benefits of hydroponics and its re-emergence in commercial farming and the farm-to-table movement.
David Goldman, the founder of both BGH and Living Lettuce Farms, a commercial gourmet hydroponic lettuce farm based in Reseda, Calif., spoke with the Weekly about how soilless growing techniques are fast becoming the cultivation method of choice for gourmet chefs and environmentally minded consumers who embrace the sustainability that hydroponics provides.
Goldman told the paper that hydroponics is taking on a larger role in the realm of commercial and hobby farming as more and more everyday gardeners and gourmands realize the nutritional and environmental benefits of soilless gardening.
“I think there was a big stigma that hydroponics was just used solely for growing indoors, and primarily for growing marijuana,” Goldman told the paper. “Also, a lot of consumers were under the impression that hydroponically grown produce didn’t have any flavor or nutritional value, that it just tasted like water. … The vegetables are tasting a lot better now, so I think a lot more people are getting into it.”
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Read the full story here: http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/out_of_the_shadows/10341/
Ahhhh, summer. It’s when sun-loving people tend to spend more time outside taking in the fresh air. It’s also the perfect time to give the plants in your hydroponic system a break from the sheltered life they’ve been living indoors.
With a little preparation, growers can successfully employ hydroponics outdoors using a homemade hydro system, leaving the unrelenting duty of providing proper lighting and ventilation to Mother Nature, who supposedly knows best.
Indoor growers can make the move outdoors and achieve explosive growth using an inexpensive DIY hydroponics system, especially with a circulating bucket system. A circulating bucket system is relatively easy to build and maintain, and it will let you grow large, hearty plants that better withstand the elements and produce massive harvests.
BetterGrow Hydro Founder David Goldman recently assembled a circulating bucket system in his back yard and just harvested his first tomato, less than two months after transplanting into the system. Here’s what you’ll need to do the same in an easily expandable four-bucket system:
Bushdoctor Kangaroots is a liquid root drench formulation designed to enhance the proliferation or root mass development for both primary and secondary roots. Organic and Natural, Kangaroots contains nutrition specifically designed to be instantly available for roots to absorb at optimal levels. Kangaroots also contains concentrated amounts of microbes designed for hosting not only directly on the roots, but in the soil around them. Kangaroots also contains all essential macro and micronutrients that a plant needs to thrive. Can be used in both hydroponic and soil applications.
Bushdoctor Microbe Brew is a liquid suspension with complex blend of ingredients specially formulated to help plants achieve optimum microbial habitats at the rhizosphere or root zone environment. Microbe Brew contains concentrated amounts of fungi and bacteria spores that will inoculate large populations at a rapid pace. Microbe Brew also contains macro and micronutrients that feed not only the plant, but also ingredients specially formulated to feed the actual microbial population. Organic and Natural, Microbe Brew will satisfy your plant and soil's thirst with the nutritional cocktail they deserve. Can be used in both hydroponic and soil applications.
Bushdoctor Sledgehammer is a unique rinse formula designed to remove excess fertilizer buildup and encourage water movement through soil and soilless mediums. Sledgehammer helps release surface tension in the soil which will allow optimal absorption of moisture and nutrition through the plant's root system. Derived from Saponin, an extract from Yucca, Sledgehammer is Organic and Natural and can be used both hydroponic and soil applications.