I am stepping into a new world with Hydroponic gardening. I’ve had great success with self-watering containers as well and when they’re hooked up to my rain barrels, it is really effortless. I am all about effortless gardening when possible. Once the hydroponic setup is going, I expect it to be pretty effortless as well. As I like having fun with gardening (or anything really), I thought I could trial them side by side and see the differences in growth, production, and taste. With tomatoes, I’m also all about heirloom tomatoes and if hydro can up the production…win! So, let’s have some fun shall we. In this video, I raised two hybrids for the main part of the trial–Big Beef and Brandy Boy. I’ve heard raves about because they are good, consistent producers and that’s really the only reason I chose the hybrids. I may or may not grow hybrids too, because in a way, this is a hybrid vs heirloom trial as well. The San Marzano Redorta (SMR) is a smaller comparison for greenhouse vs garden too. The SMR do not seem close to vigorous compared to any of the other plants, heirloom or hybrid. Well, that’s another story and we’ll monitor outcome because I want a really good paste mater. Back to the trial. I rinsed the roots on the soil-less mixture just to be fair to the perlite grown maters and they can shock evenly. They are potted and waiting on the greenhouse to be built. While waiting, and as the video says, I will only use Master Blend hydroponic fertilizer to water them all with. Once in their pots, the true trial will be realized, but for now, all still needs to be even-steven. This is part 1. Stay tuned. _______________________________________
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