A Texas-size indoor garden.
Hydroponic director Rene Garcia wears surgical gloves while examining plants in this soilless indoor garden--a 10,000-square-foot facility attached to the Fiesta Mart food store in Webster, Texas, just south of Houston. In the garden's closed environment, nutrient-rich solutions bathe plant roots, a computer controls temperature and humidity, halide lamps shine for 16 hours daily, and ladybugs and praying mantises prey on insect pests. Shoppers choose from a harvest of crops including herbs, lettuce, spinach, and edible flowers. As for tomatoes, with the larger beefsteak types, like |Trend' (shown above), nylon string supports plants that each may carry up to 200 pounds of fruit.
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|Title Annotation:||Window on the West|
|Date:||Jul 1, 1992|
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