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Solutions for Your Life: Hydroponics
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Solutions for Your Life: Hydroponics

Growing plants with water in place of soil was practiced in ancient Babylon. Today, hydroponics (“hydro” meaning water, “ponics” meaning labor) turns up in unlikely places, such as Brooklyn rooftops and even submarines.

Not all plants grow well hydroponically, but those that do can thrive on up to 95% less water in a system that also reduces pollution.

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Tomato Plant with Hanging Roots

Tomato Plant with Hanging Roots

Not all hydroponic systems are created equally. The folks at Disney have their own magical twist on growing produce to serve at Epcot Center restaurants. More...

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CNET
The N.G.S. Hydroponic System

The N.G.S. Hydroponic System

In the desert, land is arid and hard to farm. Hydroponics may be the answer. Explore the benefits of the N.G.S. system from Spain, which requires less water and produces no runoff. More...

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Esteem Consultancy
An Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening

An Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening

If you have a window, you have a farm. In this video, middle schooler Morgana visits a New York City “windowfarm” to find out about this adaptable form of hydroponics. More...

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CO2 Calculator

CO2 Calculator

If you’re serious about hydroponic gardening, you might want to enrich the amount of carbon dioxide in your system. This handy calculator shows how much CO2 is needed for optimum growth More...

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Greentrees Hydroponics
Exploring Global Gardens: History of Hydroponics

Exploring Global Gardens: History of Hydroponics

Hydroponics has a long and fascinating history that goes back thousands of years. Investigate the past — and the future — of this alternative food production method. More...

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rain.org
Growing Tomatoes Hydroponically

Growing Tomatoes Hydroponically

Tomatoes thrive in hydroponic growing systems — the yields can be amazing! Get all the details here. More...

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University of Arizona
How to Build a PVC Hydroponic System

How to Build a PVC Hydroponic System

Looking for a family hydroponics project? Look no further. This video provides everything you need to know to build a simple system out of PVC pipe. More...

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Hydroponic Gardening Experiment

Hydroponic Gardening Experiment

Want to save water and soil, as well as reduce pollution? If so, a hydroponic garden may be for you. Try this experiment to see if you have a green thumb fit to farm without soil. More...

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