Hydrophonic Lettuce at Yoki
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Besides huge statues of Buddah and other Balinese curiosities, Yoki’s Treasures also has the most unusual lettuce farm in the vicinity. They grow hydrophonic lettuce, a method that makes use of coco coir and cooked rice hull as a lettuce bed instead of good old fashioned soil.
Hydrophonic gardening was a method developed in Hawaii and is ideal for when there’s little space for gardening. You can also grow tomatos, herbs, flowers, etc. using this method.
The lettuce are grown in an aerial liquid, which supplies nutrients needed for the lettuce’s growth.
Hydrophonic gardening has many advantages over soil gardening. For one, hydrophonic gardening produces higher yield; the growth rate of a hydrophonic plant is 30-50% faster than a soil plant because the former receives extra oxygen in the roots, allowing the plant to absorb nutrients faster. Hydrophonic plants also suffer less pest infestation and disease. Besides that, this gardening method also offers several benefits to the environment. It uses less water because the plant constantly reuses the nutrients, little or no pesticide, and there’s no need to worry about topsoil erosion because this method doesn’t make use of topsoil.
The lettuce grown at Yoki’s Treasures is served at Balai Indang in Cavite. For more information, contact the manager Marge Tan at (63) 917-866-5825.
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