Regular Gardening

As a boy growing up on a farm in Ohio, I enjoyed the pleasure of eating fresh beans, tomatoes, and other vegetables right out of the garden onto the dinner table. Strangers frequently stopped by to purchase seasonal fresh vegetables that tasted so much better than any of the stores were able to provide after the necessary picking, storing, and shipping time normally involved. I also remember the hot sun beating down on my back, the sweat, sweat bees, hoeing endlessly to try to keep up with the weeds, insects, walking to and from the garden, stooping over to plant, weed, or pick the vegetables. It was also very weather dependent.

Hydroponics (Soilless Gardening) Now, I have the opportunity to once again grow and pick fresh vegetables. But this time, the vegetables grow in a temperature regulated room any time of the year, at a convenient location and level that makes it a pleasure to plant and pick the ripe vegetables. Weeding is a fading unpleasant memory and the weather outside is immaterial. The difference is Hydroponics or soilless gardening which permits growing fresh vegetables, herbs, or flowers in a container placed almost anywhere rather than being restricted to an outside garden or a windowsill. Hydroponics equipment and systems can range from inexpensive but frequently labor intensive home built equipment to somewhat more expensive but reliable and labor saving systems.

It is also exciting to be involved in an industry that can and is solving some of the world's food production problems for both humans and livestock. Hydroponics equipment can be used by an individual, by a small farm operation, by a large commercial sprouting or hydroponics growing operation and by farmers to grow green grass feed for livestock.

Brief Bibliography

Raised on a farm in Ohio, BA, MSLS (Master of Library Science), MBA (Master of Business Administration) Air Force pilot (C-124 4-engine transport aircraft), Librarian at Deere & Company, Northern Illinois University, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Worked in Data Processing at a hospital and then went on to write user manual and software Help messages for several major software companies that provided software designed for hospitals, banks or graphics interfaces.

For information, or if you have any questions or inquiries, you may also reach me anytime at dwight@hydroponicsfarming.com, or by telephone at (704) 933-6105, after 5 PM Eastern Time daily.

Significant Accomplishments:

  • Creating the www.hydroponicsfarming.com website and working with over a dozen suppliers to provide an informative and useful source of hydroponics products.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Master of Business Administrative degree plus Software firm Technical Writer positions.
  • Master of Library Science degree plus Librarian profession
  • Becoming an Air Force Pilot

Brief History of Hydroponics

The Babylon Hanging Gardens built in 600 BC are our earliest known record of a hydroponics type garden. Plants were grown in bins located above the soil and kept supplied with water for growth.

In the 11th century, the Aztecs of Central America practiced hydroponic growing methods out of necessity. Without any farmland, they built rafts out rushes and reeds on Lake Tenochtitlan, Mexico. They dredged up soil from the bottom of the lake and piled it on the rafts. The plant roots extended down into the lake for water and nutrients.

Hydroponics systems were developed experimentally in the 1920s and ‘30s

The military developed large hydroponics units overseas during World War II to supply the troops with fresh vegetables. Over 8 million pounds of vegetables were grown in 1952.

The development of plastics in late 1970’s and 80’s finally brought the cost of hydroponics down to a commercially feasible level which led to the industry development