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How to Garden without Soil

Friday, April 05, 2013

Lee Mandell, the founder of Boswyck Farms, a hydroponic farm in Bushwick, Brooklyn, discusses hydroponic gardening and how grow lettuce, herbs, and other vegetables without soil.

Courtesy of Lee Mandell, Boswyck Farms
First hydroponic harvest at Los Sures (Southside United HDFC). Project funded by United Way.
Courtesy of Lee Mandell, Boswyck Farms
The rooftop farm at the Bushwick Starr Theater (panorama), Spring 2012.
Courtesy of Lee Mandell, Boswyck Farms
The rooftop farm at the Bushwick Starr Theater, Summer 2012.
Courtesy of Lee Mandell, Boswyck Farms
Hydroponic harvest work with Birch Family Services.

Guests:

Lee Mandell

Comments [8]

Tjb2 -- do you dare suggest that the emperor has no clothes?

Apr. 09 2013 09:25 PM
Tjb2

When I lived in the city I always hated the diesel soot that accumulated on my window sills. So the idea of eating NYC-grown produce is really gross.

Apr. 05 2013 01:25 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

So it’s a chemical cocktail mix as the nutrient for the planets.

Apr. 05 2013 01:20 PM
k

agree - hydroponic veggies look good but do not taste like much.

Apr. 05 2013 01:17 PM
Ashton from Brooklyn

http://www.windowfarms.com/ offers free instructions DIY hydroponic window gardens as well as selling kits for larger window formats.

Apr. 05 2013 01:12 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Can you grow organic vegetables with this system?

Apr. 05 2013 01:11 PM
Thom from brooklyn

Please ask your guest: why when I purchase hydro-veggies in the store, they don't seem to have much flavor, but look great?

Apr. 05 2013 01:10 PM
K from brooklyn

Rich soils grows the most nutritious food. Lee, do you know of any studies been done to on the nutrient levels in food grown without soil? If so, what are the findings?

Apr. 05 2013 01:10 PM

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