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Hydroponics Growing Without Soil The science of growing plants without soil has been known and used for more than one-hundred years The word hydroponics however is comparatively new Dr WE Gericke is usually given credit for coining the word which translated from Greek means working water The famous hanging gardens of Babylon were probably on of the first attempts to grow plants hydroponically The work of Dr Greicke in the 1920s and 1930s in California however is generally considered the basis for nearly all forms of hydroponics During the 1940s at Purdue University Robert B and Alice P Withrow developed another hydroponic method Their process was called Nutriculture Nutriculture varied from Dr Gerickes method in that gravel was used as a rooting medium After World War II a number of commercial installations were built in the United States The majority of these were located in Florida Most were out of doors and subject to the rigors of the weather Poor construction techniques and operating practices caused many of them to be unsuccessful and production inconsistent How is the quality of the food today affected by the methods of Hydroponics of today Body The growing media that is used for gardening greatly effects the production of the plants If sand is used as a medium it should be tested thoroughly for any residue that might cause infected growing medium The sand should be cleaned at least every three of four weeks Leaching is also a major step it is to be done at the end of each crop cycle Jones 69-70 Sand that is used for the medium should have sawdust mixed with it to allow for better drainage The sawdust also makes the sand lighter and not pact together as easy
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