vegetable gardening, especially with help from the science of
hydroponics. Vegetables are prolific, seasonal, tasty,
nutritious. Now you too can enjoy effortless hydroponic vegetable
But, as a
dedicated hobbyist, the most pleasure I get is watching them grow, and
do they grow. As I change the nutrients mix, or add organics, prune,
inter-crop, pollinate, tie up vines, alter the orientation to the sun,
protect them with shelters, keep them bug free, etc., they respond as
happy puppies respond to a new bone or a game of fetch. It's a
wonderful and very satisfying experience.
Labor Lawyer - A
few years ago, the wife of
one of my customers wrote me
interesting letter. Her husband was a tough-guy labor lawyer. I had my
doubts about his real level of gardening interest. Well, I was wrong
and so was his wife. He completely changed his attitude about most
things including his temperament. He found a hobby he loved and it
now spends most of his spare time with his garden, not that it needs
it. He visits his garden before breakfast to say "good morning" and
after dinner in the evening to say "good night."
Couple - Another
amazing story concerns a visually impaired couple.
After working with
them laying out the 3' by 6' gravel garden unit orienting the plants to
the ends and sides of the unit, they found they could do almost
everything by feel. I was truly impressed.
shared with them the things I had learned and documented from years of
research and experience (an advanced form of the published works I am
now promoting). The Braille Institute read the works and recorded them
on tape. It was exciting for me to see how excited and successful they
were growing their very own vegetable garden. Everything is possible
with a little ingenuity.
Happy Customers - While I
am writing about happy customers, I should
include school teachers and their students, senior citizens, apartment
dwellers, and homeowners with inadequate space for a conventional soil
The overall space
requirement ratio for hydroponics
vs. soil with comparable food production is conservatively about 7 to
1. In other words, a 3' by 12' hydroponic vegetable garden (36 sq. ft.)
can produce as much as a conventional soil garden of 250 sq. ft. It's
incredible, but true.
(See for yourself.)
If you are very patient and
like to exaggerate just a little, you can almost watch them grow. It is
effortless and fun, to say nothing of the healthful food it produces.
Now do you see
why I love growing vegetables
without soil, the effortless way?
- Scientific Studies:
hard to believe it has been over 20 years.
Concepts - In the beginning, much of my
time was spent researching horticultural concepts regarding vegetables.
I read every book available on hydroponics; most of which included
little more than the mechanics of growing without soil. I studied the
nature of plants from seed germination through reproduction.
plant nutrition and how human nutrition gained from power packing
nutrients including organics into the vegetable growing process became
an important element in my project. I also studied the most prevalent
diseases and insects attacking vegetables and how to control them.
then put down the books and moved from the library to my back yard and
from my back yard to founding a business, AquaPonics, Inc. of Santa
Ana, CA ( later sold). By experimenting and conferencing with customers
I was able to add practicality to my knowledge base.
Reference Tables - Over
20 reference tables
were developed, i.e. Commercial Sources for Nutrients, Organic Nutrient
Sources, Mineral Elements and Organic Substances needed in Human
Nutrition, Storage Techniques, Insects Harmful to Specific Vegetables,
and many more, needed for an in-depth knowledge of hydroponic vegetable
published works (see below) include all these tables plus many charts,
over 40 professionally drawn illustrations and over 30 photos to
illustrate some of my own techniques and helpful tips.
Tips for Growing
Individual Vegetable Plants - Other valuable information
about specific vegetables was accumulated and documented in listings
and tables, i.e. Recommended Temperature Ranges; Seed Propagation;
Working with Seedlings; Harvest Timing and Methods; Pruning;
Inter-cropping; Recommended Distances Between Plants in Gravel Culture;
and, Critical or Difficult Growing Factors.
Layout Diagrams - The vegetable layout diagrams are very useful
for me and I think you will agree. There are diagrams for every season
with two alternate orientations to the sun for each. They show my
recommendations for how much space to give each plant and a layout of
where each vegetable should be planted and when. My published works
will describe how to maximize
space utilization and get the most of what you
want, with examples.