A New Year Means New Hydroponic Experiments!!!

2014 Fertilizer Experiment

Atlantis Hydroponics’ Potential Fertilizers for Testing in 2014

Although many of us are still reveling in the wonderful 2013 holiday season, I have already turned my attention to the upcoming year. I have been given the opportunity to test some great new hydroponic fertilizers designed to ensure that our 2014 crops are the biggest and best ever…and I would like to share this opportunity with all of you!

There is one dilemma: There are too many products from which to choose.  So I propose you, the readers, pick which products are tested in my experiment. The experiment will be conducted under a 600 watt HID light in a 4′ x 4′ side by side drip to waste hydroponic system. The potential fertilizers for testing are: Mills nutrients bio-mineral fertilizer line (a great Dutch organic/synthetic fertilizer), ROCK nutrients line of chemical fertilizers, Bio Tabs time release biological organic fertilizer line, Xtreme Nutrients line of fertilizers guaranteeing to produce a great grow, and last but not least the well known 3 part (grow, micro, & bloom) line of fertilizers from Humboldt Nutrients.

Vote for what you would like to see tested. Vote early. Vote often. Encourage others to vote. Vote for what you want and I will test, document and share ALL of the results.

Have a Happy New Year and thank you for your readership and participation.

Grow it. Cook it. Eat it. Share it!

It’s time to eat! National Stuff-Yourself-Full-of-Hopefully-Delicious-Food Day is right around the corner. As in, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Here at Atlantis, we’re a bit curious about what is going to be on your table this Thursday. There will probably be turkey, we know that, and maybe some stuffing (or dressing, as it is sometimes known in the South). You might have some cranberry sauce, some gravy, some pumpkin pie. But what else are you having? What kind of delicious vegetable side dishes will you be feasting upon? Do you go for simple, like steamed green beans? Or do you get down-home comfy with some casseroles? Do you ever use any hydroponically grown fruits or vegetables in your Thanksgiving dishes?

Inquiring minds want to know. If fact, we are so eager to hear about what you are making this year that we are challenging you to a recipe contest! Tell us about the greatest recipe you enjoyed this Thanksgiving holiday, preferably one can be made using hydroponically grown produce, and you could win a fantastic prize! The winning recipe will also be featured on this blog. (You don’t actually have to have grown the ingredients, y’all.)

Email your recipes to robin@atlantishydroponics.com by Wednesday November 28, 2012 for consideration. Try to include a photo if you can!

Now, I would never dream of sending you off with a task like that without giving you a little bit of inspiration.

To tickle your Internet-taste buds, I would like to share what I will be making for my family’s Thanksgiving feast this year. I come from a long line of Southern casserole-lovers, and this recipe comes straight from the top, as far as my family is concerned: my late great-grandmother Kate. This tummy-warming side dish is super easy to make, and it tastes INCREDIBLE. It’s as simple as this:

Kate’s Squash Casserole

Typically, yellow squash is a summer crop, as evidenced by its alias ‘summer squash,’ but with hydroponics, it is possible to grow and enjoy yellow squash all year round!

1.5 lbs yellow squash, sliced
1 medium Vidalia onion, diced
1 large egg
½-1 cup sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
10-12 Saltine crackers, crushed
salt & pepper to taste
cayenne pepper/hot sauce of choice (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place squash and onion in a pot and fill with enough water to cover all vegetables. Boil covered over high heat until squash and onions are tender. Drain well. Return to pot and mash well with a potato masher. How well you mash is based on preference, as some people prefer their squash casserole a bit chunkier than others. (I like mine pretty smooth.) Add salt, pepper, cheese, and half of the crushed saltines and mix until well combined. Check for seasonings and make adjustments as necessary, adding cayenne or hot sauce to taste to spice things up if you wish. Add the egg and stir until mixture is moist and well-combined. Make sure the burner is off before you add the egg! Transfer mixture to a greased casserole dish, top with remaining cracker crumbs, and bake for 30-35 minutes or until crackers have started to turn golden. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy! This recipe can easily be multiplied to feed the hungry masses.

I’ll post a photo of the real thing after the holiday. Now get cooking!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, friends!