First off, Welcome to everyone here. If it wasn't for all the fantastic people who have joined in on these forums, it wouldn't be as wonderful as it is. I've had so much fun being a part of it - watching it grow, meeting fasinating people, and making friends. If you've never posted before, or are new to the forum......join in! It's a great place to be. :)
Let me give a small introduction to who I am, and where I stand with hydroponic gardening:
We started growing tomatoes and cucumber last year in an NFT (nutrient film tecnique) system my husband built. He had spent the year before very sick from Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer, so on his strong days he would study on the internet all about hydroponics. He's become quite the scientist because of it all, and he's really the expert in our family. But I've enjoyed the results from growing hydroponiclly so much I'd love to share and learn from anyone who wants to participate in this particular forum.
Last years system was outside, and this year we plan to finish off building our 20ft x 40ft greenhouse to enclose the plants and hopefully save them from too much thrip damage. We had a real problem with that last year.
This year we're also going to expand by growing strawberries.
This is where the bees came into the picture! I realized that the strawberries would need pollenating, but I felt if they were enclosed in the greenhouse that they would be lacking this. I had really just looked into having bees for the strawberries, but once I started learning about bees...I got hooked. And after finding this site where I read John's Bee Log, I didn't care if we never gardened again.....I wanted BEES.
But, we are still gardening. :) I enjoy it too.....but I'm no expert. I'm sure I'll learn more from all of you, and where ever I can help, it'll probably be from getting the information from my husband. :)
Once again, welcome to all, and enjoy sharing what you do, and any tips you have. I know I'm not the only hydroponic gardener as a member of this beekeeping forum. So join in, and enjoy.