January 26, 2011

Vine-Ripened Hydroponic Tomatoes

Hydroponically grown cherokee purple tomato

It's January and we're eating freshly picked tomatoes off our hydroponic setup in our basement. Lovely huh?

However, this will be the last time my hubby sets it up. It's more work than he likes. Making the nutrient-rich water and having to top it up frequently. Pruning of plants, adjusting the light fixtures for the growing plants and let us not forget the mopping. Yup, every once in a while, a hose goes astray and we are left with a mini flood in our basement. Fun times, fun times.

Hydroponically grown cherokee purple tomato_1

I can't say I'll miss the tomatoes that much as I'm not a huge tomato fan. But, it is nice to have fresh smelling and tasting vine-ripe tomatoes. The ones in the picture are called cherokee purple. Lovely coloring inside. We also have lots of cherry tomatoes that my daughter has been eating as soon as they are harvested.

Funny to say harvest in January. haha. Would this be classified as urban farming? Can't get more locally grown than this for us!

Once this crop of tomatoes is done, the hubby will be setting up my greens. Various lettuces, herbs and other greens. I'm craving Arugula actually. I can't wait!!!

What are you craving from summer produce? I really want some fresh blueberries or raspberries.


lequan said...

Wow! That is one beautiful tomato! I'm totally craving fresh raspberries.

Kevin Kossowan said...

I'm starting to get a hankering for garden asparagus. And a wicked salad.

That's insane urban gardening indeed. Well done.

Maki said...

Yes lequan, fresh raspberries from the bushes in my yard. boo hoo... salivating and have to wait until JULY for them.

Kevin, the salads are really calling for me too. The lettuce from the store just isn't the same. Though, when we have too much growing, that is when I don't want it anymore. ha!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I am craving tomatoes. Let us see how you are doing all of this. It is phenomenal. Well done!!!

Maki said...

Thx Valeri. I really should go down there and take some pictures of the setup. I'll put it on my to-do list.

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