through.

Shade


cloth

(also

called

shade


netting


and

shade


fabric)


and

row

covers


are


available


at


most
garden
centers,

through


mail

-

order


gardening


catalogs,


and

online

from

various


supply


companies.
Lettuce

~

Growing

for


Fun


&


Profit
Fresh
aquaponically

grown


lettuce


demands

higher


prices

than


that
which
is


field


grown.


And


in


some


cases

aquaponic

lettuce


can

be
harvested

more


quickly:


in


summer,


within

4

to


6

weeks;


in


winter,
within
10

to


12

weeks.


The


Japanese


use

extra


lighting

and

make


it
happen

faster.


The


extra


cost


of


lighting

might


come


in


handy


during
the

winter


when,


if

you

can

get


a

crop


to


market

sooner,


you

can

gain
more

profit.
Some
suggested

lettuce


varieties


are:


Bibb,


Red


Leaf


or


Oak


Leaf,
Ostinata,

Black


Seeded


Simpson,


Columbus,


Vasco,

Pinto,

Marbello.
Head

lettuce


isn't

profitable

-


not


yet.


It

takes


too


long


to


form

a

suitable


head.


Lettuce


can

be

grown


in


gravel
beds
or


on

horticultural


rockwool


slabs


(about


30

inches


by

12

inches


by

3

inches).



However,


NFT


methods
have
been


used

with


great


success

throughout


the


world.
MARKETING
TIPS
Lettuce

can

be

package


in


separate


open


plastic


bags

but


packaging

in


plastic


boxes

with


the


roots


attached
seems

to


be

the


best


as

the


roots


on

packaging

gives


the


lettuce


longer


shelf


life


which

is


very


important


since
LETTUCE
STORES

VERY

POORLY

-


HAVE


A

READY


MARKET


FOR

IT!
Just

imagine


how


your


freshly


picked


lettuce


will


taste

when


compared


to


that


brought


by

refrigerated

trucks
from
1,000


to


2,000


miles


away!


Some

of


those


growers

have

to


keep

lettuce


cool


for


as

long


as

a

week!


What
can
they


do?

If

they


don't


have

a

ready


market,


they


must


refrigerate.


Here

is


where


you

save

money


and
make

your


operation

more


successful:


set


up

your


marketing


so

well


that


you

won't

have

to


refrigerate.


IT
CAN
BE


DONE


AND

IS


BEING

DONE!


Lettuce


can

also


be

harvested


cube,


root


and

all.


This


usually
convinces

the


customer

that


you

are


running


a

clean


operation.
Tomatoes
Someday

soon,


tomatoes

grown


in


greenhouses


will


become

not


only


harder


to


resist


but


unavoidable



and
even
extremely


delicious


if...


they


are


grown


in


an

Aquaponics


system.


The


four


largest


U.S.


greenhouse
growers
(located

in


Arizona,


Texas,


Colorado,


and

California)

together


make


up

67

percent


of


domestic
tomato
production.


All


of


them

use

hydroponic


growing


systems,


in


which

tomato

plants

are


grown


with


only
water

and

nutrients.
That’s

right:


no

dirt


required.


By

the


beginning


in


the


early

1990s,


production

of


hydroponically


grown
tomatoes
began


to


increase


nationwide.

Today,

nearly


40

percent


of


the


fresh


tomatoes

sold


at


retail


around
the

country


are


hydroponic.


In


that


time,


overall


U.S.


tomato

consumption

has

exploded;


in


the


past


20

years;
our

chomping


of


fresh


tomatoes

has

grown


more


than


30

percent,


to


approximately


20

pounds


per


capita

per
year.

Also


as

demand

has

increased,


growers

are


trying


to


find

ways


to


improve

the


flavor


and

texture

of


the
hydroponic

tomato.