Living: No-Hoe Gardens

Hydroponics is taking root

A house plant can be a thing of joy and beauty until that point at which no prescription—talking to it, feeding it vitamins, watering it with Perrier or soothing it with Brahms—can rescue it from terminal dropsy. The green thumb turns down, the plant goes out, and the home horticulturist invests hope and dollars in yet another persnickety sprig. For more and more lovers of greenery, and indeed of year-round fresh vegetables, the answer is hydroponics, or water gardening.

This method of growing plants without soil has long been known to...

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