About twenty years ago I was exploring a garage sale in Anchorage and saw a pile of tubing, pumps, timers, and buckets for sale. These were the parts of a hydroponic drip system that someone was tired of dealing with. I was intrigued and purchased some of the equipment. This led me to throw myself into hydroponic growing research and even purchase an expensive sodium grow light. I grew some stringy tomato plants that year and had a $300 electric bill that first month. Even though this was a ludicrously expensive hobby to have, I was hooked on hydroponic growing. Over the years, I have tried many different hydroponic systems with varying degrees of success. I didn’t really feel like I hit the nail on the head until I discovered passive hydroponics several years ago. Commonly called Kratky hydroponics, this grow method is based on research from the University of Hawaii Hilo. With the advent of cheap LED grow lights and passive hydroponics, I can now grow my own food year round very inexpensively. Living in Alaska, this has been a satisfying way to get fresh greens into my family’s diet almost daily.