From the Greek words hydro (water) and ponos (labor) is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil.
Since Northeast Ohio is known for its volatile weather, here at Sirna's Farm and Market we have extended our growing season by using hydroponics. After years of trial and error and a ton of research, we have perfected our system of using hydroponics by pairing every plant to each system for the most successful and abundant harvest.
Currently we are using Bato buckets for our cucumbers and tomatoes. These buckets are filled with two kinds of volcanic rock and the plants are fed nutrients through water. We also grow our strawberries using verti-gro towers. This method of hydroponics allows us to grow more strawberries in a smaller area by stacking them on top of one another. The same rocks are used and nutrients are fed to the plants directly through the water. Since we have learned everything by experimentation, we are currently working with NFT (nutrient flow technique). This will allow us to get our lettuces ready before we plant them in the high tunnels.
If you are interested in learning more about our hydroponics, we do offer informational tours to area schools. You can also set up an appointment for a tour and taste the benefits of hydroponically grown produce by visiting our market.
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