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I've never felt interested in it, as I really enjoy learning to work with soil ecology. Also hydroponics can be expensive to set up and maintain.
 

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I figured that hydroponics would be relatively cheap if I built them myself.<br><br>
I'm moving to an island and soil is not easy to come by (neither is organic produce), so I'm looking to alternatives to a traditional garden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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I did it once, worked pretty good, but it was traditional..it was more like for an experimental thing so I'm not really of much help
 

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I figured that hydroponics would be relatively cheap if I built them myself.<br><br>
I'm moving to an island and soil is not easy to come by (neither is organic produce), so I'm looking to alternatives to a traditional garden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"></div>
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If I were you, I'd look into raised bed Square Foot gardening. <a href="http://www.squarefootgardening.com" target="_blank">http://www.squarefootgardening.com</a><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Square foot gardening...Now that sounds good, even to me! Whatever the opposite of 'green thumb' is, I have it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I have a somewhat shriveled brownish thumb, myself. I practice a combination of Biointensive, Square Foot, and Permaculture gardening, and actually manage to get a few vegetables on the table (actually most of our produce - though we sometimes still buy onions, and canned tomato products). So I figure, if these methods work for me, they should work for nearly anyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.growbiointensive.org/biointensive/GROW-BIOINTENSIVE.html" target="_blank">http://www.growbiointensive.org/bioi...INTENSIVE.html</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>
One of the things that would put me off hydroponic personally is the difficulty of doing it organically. I think, unless you got into making things like compost tea, you'd end up having to use unpleasant (and unveg*n) products such as fish emulsion, to be organic...otherwise, you're stuck using chemical fertilizers...not considered organic.
 
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