U of I Extension offers hydroponics workshop

From U of I Extension

University of Illinois Extension will offer a hydroponics workshop in February that will teach homeowners how to grow food indoors.

Hydroponics, a method of growing plants in water instead of soil, is becoming increasingly popular for growing food indoors. You can grow lettuce, herbs, or other vegetables in your own home, year round.

To learn more about hydroponic systems, attend the U of I Extension workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, at the East Branch of the Rockford Public Library, 6685 E. State St., Rockford.

U of I Extension educator Candice Miller will demonstrate how easy making an at-home hydroponic system can be. Candice will discuss the basics of how hydroponics works, the materials needed to build a system and the maintenance required. This hands-on workshop will allow participants to make their very own hydroponic system to take home with them.

Hydroponics Workshop: Growing Food Indoors” is open to the public, and everyone is welcome; pre-registration is required. The fee for this program is $5 (lecture only) or $15 if you would like to make a take-home system. All materials to build a hydroponic system are included, except for aquarium air pump and grow light.

To register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call U of I Extension at (815) 986-4357.

From the Feb. 4-10, 2015, issue

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