Bedford Parks Program presents using hydroponics to grow vegetables

BEDFORD— Bill Van Tine will present the May Parks Program on how to grow your summer garden without dirt using hydroponics on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m., at the Otis Park Bath House.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. No dirt is required. Several methods of hydroponic gardening include deep water culture (DWC), drip irrigation, wick system, NFT (nutrient film technique), aeroponics, and aquaponics. Van Tine’s presentation is structured to highlight his experiences over the past ten summers with vegetable hydroponic gardening.

Van Tine said he will focus on hydroponics’s nutrient film technique, which he finds to be the best method to use during summer. Whether you’ve used hydroponics in the past or are just curious about the technique, you are welcome to attend and bring your questions. Van Tine makes the process easy to understand and encourages people to come and see what the technique is all about.

Please RSVP for the program by May 27 so we know how many people to expect by calling 812-275-5692 or emailing

Mark your calendars for the June Park’s program, which will be held on June 25 on “Oaks the Trees of Life.”  Judi Brown, director of the Let the Sun Shine In program, will present at the Hoosier National Forest office on 811 Constitution Avenue in Bedford, IN.