Hydroponic Vegetable Production
Hydroponic production offers both producers and consumers a number of benefits: it is easily adaptable to pesticide-free production; it makes use of non-arable land and conserves space; it provides vine-ripened products throughout the year; and it's a cost- and energy-efficient alternative to imported products. In this intensive daylong course, you'll acquire the knowledge you need to venture into commercial hydroponic production or to improve your current operations. The course will review basic plant nutrition, plant-water relationships and principles of irrigation design. The instructor will discuss creating and managing nutrient solutions for optimal growth, selecting and working with hydroponic media, and alternatives for water culture, including nutrient film technique, capillary matting, Ein Gedi systems, aeroponics, ebb and flow, and gravel/sand culture. You'll also learn specific techniques for growing tomatoes and cucumbers, two of the most commonly cultivated crops, and will have a hands-on opportunity to create a nutrient solution and a simple hydroponic system.
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