November 25, 2012

Hydroponic business takes root in Plattsburgh



Hackett said he sees a 100-percent result in about five to seven days. The system goes for about $310, he said.

Among the intriguing displays is a combination fish tank and hydroponic growing system. The water from the aquarium is pumped up into plants growing in hydroton clay pellets.

The nutrients from the fish tank feed the plants and the plants provide filtration for the fish tank, Hackett said. 

“If you already have a fish tank, it is very easy to convert,” he said.

Hackett said he has an appointment next year to meet with the owners of the Hungry Trout restaurant in Wilmington to demonstrate how the two-stage system works.

In these days of frequent produce recalls, it can provide peace of mind to know exactly what is going into the food you eat, he said. People will see those benefits, but also how much money can be saved.

Hackett said the sound made by the slowly flowing water also provides a relaxing atmosphere.

Among the lines available at Grow Buddies are General Organics, General Hydroponics, Fox Farm, Humboldt, Happy Frog and Sunshine Advanced. Hackett also sells all of the accessories and testing equipment needed for a successful operation.

Grow Buddies is located at 2 Matt Ave., directly across Route 22 from the north end of Arizona Avenue. Hackett said it used to be a radiator shop.

He said the building was gutted and renovated. Hackett said he did a lot of the work himself, with help from Stan Spooner on the cedar shakes on the interior walls.

He would like to add a greenhouse on the south end of the building, where he could sell clippings to his customers.

The business features an Adirondack-themed decor, with handmade hardwood furnishings by area crafters. Several are available for purchase, Hackett said.

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