Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. One Florida in entrepreneur has found a business opportunity in it:
No matter what the season, Heather Ulrichsen has fresh herbs, lettuce and peppers.
What started as a winter hobby turned into a business opportunity. She and her partner, Richard Manser, own Rational Solutions for Farming, 416 N. Main St., Suite 1. Their store and website, rationalfarming.com, sell everything needed to start and maintain indoor and hydroponics gardens.
Ulrichsen said gardening setups can be as large or small as the gardener wants. This time of year, indoor gardening helps start seeds for spring planting. Indoor gardens work well year-round, too, she said.
Hydroponic gardening isnâ€™t new, but itâ€™s an emerging market. Indoor gardening appeals to growers who want fresh produce, flowers or plants year-round. In light of product recalls and safety concerns, more Americans are growing their own food, she said.