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EdaciousImber's hydroponic is a concise guide to growing fresh vegetables during drought dry Summers.

In desert or drought weather conditions rain falls seldom. Nasturtium plants growing in pots filled with soil (pot plants) need less watering than nasturtium plants that are growing in the ground/earth/fields. Nasturtium plants growing hydroponically need less watering than nasturtium plants that are growing in pots filled with soil (pot plants). (Nasturtium, lettuce, and cabbages can each be grown hydroponically). A large, empty clay pot can be filled up with pebbles/stones that are approximately the size of peach (Prunus persica) seeds. The roots of plants can grow into the pebbles/stones[1] and the pebbles/stones can support the weight of plants. Plants need water and nutrients with which to grow in size. Compost is (microbially) decomposed food scraps, leaves, or seaweed, etc. Compost (soil) can be mixed and stirred with water to be compost water. If water is unavailable then compost (soil) can be mixed and stirred with fruit or vegetable juice instead (e.g. the juice of cucumbers, tomatoes, Palmae coconuts, etc.). Compost water can provide plants growing in the pebble filled pot with all the nutrients and water needed for them to grow strong. The compost water in the pebble filled pot becomes depleted of oxygen[1] within approximately 48 hours. So the compost water must be emptied from the pebble filled pot and then reoxygenated/aerated/bubbled by being stirred (every 2nd day). More compost soil (a fertilizer) can be mixed into the reoxygenated compost water to remineralised/replenished the compost water before the compost water is poured back into the pebble filled pot. Thus food can be grown in pebbled, compost water full pots (i.e. hydroponically) throughout a drought or in deserts when rain is scarce. Noon sunshine can evaporate oceanwater[1]; thus oceanwater can be desalinated into fresh water[1]. So food can be grown hydroponically in deserts by the sea during a drought.

To germinate and to sprout into seedlings most food crop seeds need three environmental conditions:
1. The absence of light (e.g. the darkness of being planted/sown under the soil/in the ground).
2. Moisture (e.g. to be dampened by rainfall or river floods).
3. Warmth (e.g. to be kept warm under the soil via the heat of the Spring sun).
Seeds can be sown in soil, and then as saplings (young plants) they can be transplanted into hydroponic pots.

Fruits and vegetables can be eaten for their fresh water content; if, for example, sources of drinking water (e.g. waterholes, creeks, wells, rain tanks, etc.) have run dry, stagnant or salty (saline). The fruits: pineapple (Ananas comosus), apples (Malus domestica), plums (Prunus domestica), and apricots (Prunus armeniaca) are each approximately 85% water[2]. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), and grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) are each more than 90% water[2]. The vegetables cucumber (Cucumis sativus), and lettuce (Lactuca sativa) are each more than 95% water[2]. Some fruits can be eaten for both water and energy. For example, Musa banana contains more energy than most common fruits and is approximately 74%[2] water. Grapes (Vitis vinifera) contain more energy, and calcium than most common fruits. Grapes are approximately 80% water[3]. Citrus fruits, and Granny Smith apples are more than 80% water, robust, and keep at room temperature for several weeks without perishing. So after other fruits have perished and drinking water has run dry then oranges (Citrus sinensis) or Granny Smith apples, for example, can be carried on a very long walk from a dry, desert township to the beach.

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Wild seeds can be dormant, yet viable[4]. To germinate a dormant seed may require[4]:
-Emersion in water for months.
-Drying (out) over months.
-Wear (e.g. to be worn down by rocks whilst floating down a babbling brook).
-Exposure to sunlight for weeks before the darkness of being sown under the soil can germinate the seed (e.g. lettuce the genus Lactuca).
-Exposure to the cold of Winter before any Spring warmth can germinate the seed.
-Emersion in acid (e.g. to have been digested by an animal).
-Fire (e.g. to be burnt by wild fire).

Tomato eaten within 24 hours of banana, pineapple, apricot, or plum might cause temporary fatigue. Tomatoes consumed in great quantity everyday might cause temporary drowsiness. Cucumber vegetable eaten in quantity within 2 hours of sucrose fruits (e.g. tomato) might cause temporary fatigue. Cucumber vegetable eaten everyday might cause temporary fatigue; however cucumber vegetable eaten every 2nd day does not. Grapes eaten everyday might cause temporary fatigue; however grapes eaten every 2nd day do not. More than 2 large apples consumed daily can cause temporary fatigue. Coconut (Cocos nucifera) juice/milk consumed as a drink might basically cause temporary fatigue. Pineapple eaten daily might cause temporary fatigue; however pineapple eaten every 3rd day does not. Lettuce eaten in quantity within 2 hours of sucrose fruits (e.g. pineapple, tomato, etc.) might cause temporary fatigue. Lettuce consumed in quantity can cause temporary drowsiness.

EdaciousImber's hydroponic web page by Peter Burrill
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October 2009
Melbourne, Australia

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1. Encyclopedia Britannica "Encyclopedia Britannica 1999 Standard edition" 1999. Compact-disk read-only-memory medium <http://eb.com.au>

2. Fortin, Franc,ois "The visual food encyclopedia" (Les E'ditions, Que'bec, 1996). ISBN 0-02-861006-7.

3. U.S.D.A. "USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21" 2008. <http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata> (14 January 2008)

4. Sally Anderson and Hefta Gunder "Biology of Plants" (Worth publishing inc, New York, 1986) p. 506-507. ISBN 0-87901-315-X

5. Samuel P. Harbison and Guy L. Steele Jr "C, a reference manual" (Prentice-Hall, U.S.A., 1995) p. 344. ISBN 0-13-326224-3