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Photo of frozen Swiss chard
A bed of Swiss chard blasted by November's arctic freeze. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of Dutch buckets growing kale
Protected by covering and a propane heater, hydroponically grown kale thrives in a temperate climate indoors. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of Dutch buckets
Dutch buckets with their outlets set into PVC pipe. Above each bucket, drip irrigation feeds roots. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of hydroponic reservoir
The PVC pipe from a row of Dutch buckets returns excess runoff from each Dutch bucket back to the nutrient reservoir, where black drip irrigation tubing connected to a stout birdbath pump sends it back to the buckets. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of Dutch bucket fitting into PVC pipe
After drilling half-inch holes into PVC pipe, Marshall Hinsley sets the outlets for each Dutch bucket into the pipe so that excess water will flow through it, back into the nutrient reservoir. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of propane heater
A portable propane heater keeps the 144-square-foot greenhouse in Marshall Hinsley's operation adequately warm. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of drip irrigation
At the top of each Dutch bucket, tubing feeds nutrient solution into the perlite/coconut coir growing medium. Photo by Marshall Hinsley