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Tyler’s Farm is a family operated hydroponic greenhouse located in Oberlin, Ohio. Tyler has more than 20 years of growing experience and is proud to provide a fresh, sustainable product to you all year long. Tyler’s Farm uses no GMO seeds. Tyler’s Farm is a family operated hydroponic greenhouse located in Oberlin, Ohio.
Some of the benefits to hydroponic growing at Tyler’s Farm include:
- biological insect control
- little to no chemicals used
- sustainability through water conservation
- locally grown, year-round
- product is living, with the roots intact, upon delivery
Our produce is available for purchase at farmer’s markets and grocery stores across northern Ohio, including online ordering and delivery through Market Wagon. Please check our calendar for upcoming dates, times and locations.
What is hydroponics?
The word hydroponic comes from Latin and means “working water.” It is the art of growing plants without soil. It really is that simple!
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil. Plants may be grown with the roots in the mineral nutrient solution or only in an inert medium, such as gravel or perlite.
How does it work?
In a traditional soil-based garden, a plant wastes most of its energy developing a huge root system. Why? Because it has to search far and wide in the soil for its food and water. In hydroponics, it is all delivered directly to the plant’s roots. This allows the plant to bypass the soil completely, which is slower and more unpredictable at providing food.
Since it no longer has to search for its food, a plant’s growth and energy is redirected to the production of foliage, flowers, fruit or vegetables. The root systems of hydroponic plants are much smaller than those planted in soil, so they can be planted much closer together and a much larger harvest will yield from a smaller space.
The Nutrient Film Technique is the system in which a shallow stream of water flows along the bottom of food-grade tubing providing a water supply that contains oxygenated water and all of the dissolved NPK nutrients needed by the plants.
Is hydroponics natural?
In hydroponics nutrients are provided directly to the plant roots; roots can only take in the purest elements. They don’t take in soil, just nutrients. It doesn’t matter to the plant where the necessary nutrients and minerals come from, whether it’s from the soil or from a hydroponics solution.
In hydroponic gardening, plants are provided with everything they need in all the right proportions and at just the right time, in the most efficient way possible. This is an attempt to grow the “perfect plant,” allowing it to reach its full genetic potential. With proper equipment, supplies and dilligent work, the hydroponic plants will come pretty close.
Hydroponics may seem futuristic, but it is not artificial and does not alter nature. It works with nature and helps the natural growing process along. In addition, Tyler’s Farm uses no GMO seeds for its produce.