Hydroponic Garden by Olivia Aponte
The origin of the word “hydroponics” comes from the Latin language word for “working water”. Hydroponic means to grow plants without soil. Some people may ask, “How does a garden work without soil?”
Well, first you’re going to need the “ingredients” to start the garden. You’ll need air, light, water and some kind of container. Here at South Tech Academy Culinary Arts Academy, we have started our very own hydroponic garden! As our container we use stackable Styrofoam boxes. One of the biggest highlights of the hydroponic gardening system is you don’t need any soil or fertilizers. Greens grow particularly well in these gardens. In our garden here at South Tech, we are in the process of growing butter lettuce, arugula, Chinese cabbage, purple basil, Thai basil, Genovese basil, thyme, rosemary, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, beef steak tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. We grow our own vegetables for our daily lunch menu offered Tuesday through Thursday to staff and culinary students, ensuring the freshest and best quality. The hydroponic garden is very beneficial to our culinary academy and I’m sure to anybody else who has taken the next step in gardening technology!