While Country Boy and I were having our morning coffee this morning, we saw an article in our weekly local paper about a hydroponics farm, The X-Farms, that is open to the public and is not too far from the house. The article mentioned that you could pick your own strawberries and you could do it standing up! Sounded good to us so we decided to check it out today!
As wanna-be farmers, we were also curious about growing produce the hydroponics way. We were amazed by the quantity and size of the strawberries per plant!
Country Boy donned the glove he was given and started pickin' away while I was snappin' photos.
Now, for all you photographers out there, you know how we can get a little carried away taking photos, right?!
Well, as long as I was snappin', Country Boy was pickin'!
We ended up with 4 1/2 pounds of strawberries even with him sampling a few to make sure they were good! (It's OK, we were told we could sample them!) Looks like there will be some strawberry jelly in our pantry soon, mmmm!
There was one strawberry that, luckily, no one has picked yet. It's their trophy berry...
Get a load of that strawberry... it's HUGE! It almost looks like a Christmas wreath.
They were also growing several varieties of produce.
You can get a lot more produce in less square footage this way.
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Can you believe how many tomatoes are on one plant? We were blown away!
Here's Country Boy's gloved hand showing the size of these tomatoes...
The green peppers are in the top pots with the tomatoes cascading down the rest of the tiers.
We were told that they have to trim them back otherwise they would be in the aisles. Incredible!
They had several varieties of tomatoes.
We came home with a bag full of perfectly good but not-so-pretty tomatoes. Since they sell their produce at farmer's markets and the general public likes their produce to look good, they were selling these fairly cheap. I'm going to make and can some tomato sauce with them.
Huge green peppers!
Yummy, good for you broccoli!
Needless to say, Country Boy and I were quite impressed! We've been trying for several years now to get a decent yield from the various crops that we've planted but we haven't had much luck. Our soil is very sandy and does not have a lot of nutrients in it for vegetable gardening. We're definitely going to be checking into this hydroponics thing!
They sell a kit to get you started. It comes with two complete tiers, the food and the coconut fiber the plants are planted in and instructions. You just have to supply the water and the plants.
Are you hungry now after looking at all that yumminess?! I'm hungry and jealous! Some day we'll get a decent crop! Fingers crossed!
I hope you're having a great weekend!
Till next time,