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Store provides Sierra Nevada gardening options

Renee Shadforth

Colin FisherNye and Tyler Petros opened All Hydro in Truckee.

It seems that even a green thumb can’t grow a gardener some tomatoes in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

The area isn’t exactly known for its lengthy growing season, rich soil and plentiful produce, but Tahoe’s dusty conditions don’t have to stop gardening enthusiasts from doing what they enjoy.

In fact, the 20-something owners of All Hydro – Truckee’s new gardening and hydroponics store – say Tahoe gardeners may benefit from having to use alternative forms of gardening, like hydroponics, to grow their flowers, fruits and vegetables.

“You need less water, less nutrients and your plants will grow a lot faster,” said Nye Petros, 26, who owns All Hydro with his brother Tyler, 20, and friend Ross Haley, 24.

To prove his statement, Nye points to a 4-foot fruiting tomato plant displayed in the front of the store. “This was from a starter pack just a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

A recent poll on HobbyHydro.com revealed that most people grow vegetable and herb gardens with hydroponics, which is a method of growing plants without soil. The roots of the plant are constantly fed with a nutrient-water solution. Especially in indoor hydroponic gardening, the gardener is in control of nearly all variables, including artificial light, air and nutrients.

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In addition to hydroponic systems – a starter pack costs about $50, Haley said – All Hydro sells soil, greenhouses, worms and beneficial bugs, organic fertilizers, pottery and wind chimes.

Nye said he expects a shipment of books and magazines on hydroponic gardening soon.

They said the non-essential gardening items – like pots and decorations – will bring in people who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in hydroponics.

“It gets people in here to learn about hydroponics,” Haley said. “And once someone comes in here to learn about it, they’ve been coming back to learn more.”

All Hydro is located at 12030 Donner Pass Road, unit 3, in Truckee. Call them at 550-0660 or e-mail them at allhydro@aol.com for more information. All Hydro is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.