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Photo of ladybug on cucumber leaf
A ladybug searches for aphids on a cucumber leaf growing in a greenhouse in mid-February. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of tomato sprigs growing in a mason jar
The sight of a neglected jar of tomato sprigs with ripe tomatoes seemed proof enough that year-round crop production was feasible for a small grower. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of Marshall Hinsley holding a head of iceberg lettuce
Marshall Hinsley holds a head of iceberg lettuce harvested from his hydroponic crop production tests. Photo by Allee Brand
Photo of ripe yellow pear tomato on March 9, 2014
A vine-ripe yellow pear tomato ready for harvest in the first week of March, months before Texas' tomato season. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of unripe yellow pear tomatoes
A healthy crop of yellow pear tomatoes soon to ripen on a plant grown hydroponically in winter. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of cucumber blossom
Without native bees to do the work, Marshall Hinsley hand pollinated his indoor cucumbers. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of lettuce
Marshall Hinsley's hydroponic tests included several lettuce varieties that all proved suitable for indoor production. Photo by Marshall Hinsley