Winter Gardening Updated


| 2/22/2013 4:06:26 PM


Tags: Ed Essex, living off grid, hydroponics,

spinach in a cold frameI wrote an article in January (Winter Fresh Vegetables) about winter gardening. Specifically our insulated cold frame attached to the south side of the house, our EasyGreen Automatic Sprouter, our hydroponic experiment called EzGro Garden, and our free range chickens.

Many people have written us asking how the EzGro experiment turned out and also for more detail. We are pleased to say it has been a success. I’m not sure the creator of this hydroponic unit ever intended it to be used the way we have but I know he would be happy with the results.

EzGro Garden – This is a brand new experiment for us and it is going very well. It is a vertical hydroponic garden. It doesn’t take up very much space (14” x 14”), it uses less than 1 Amp of power for 18 minutes per day and is easy to use and takes very little time to operate.

It comes with everything you need including stackable pots for anywhere from 20 – 80 different plants depending on what type they are.

Once you set it up you fill the pots with the media (made from ground coconut husk) provided.

Next you mix the nutrition supplements provided with water and pour them into the base (reservoir). Add the pump to the water and program your timer. We’ve set our timer to pump the nutritionally supplemented water every hour for two minutes from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Your timer programming may be different depending on what you plant.ezgro set up 

heidi hunt
2/26/2013 5:17:07 PM

Spinach in the winter - what fun!


bruce mcelmurray
2/23/2013 9:17:13 PM

We grow a lot of spinach because it freezes well and is an early crop. We freeze it in individual servings and enjoy it all year long.





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