Introduction to semi-hydroponics to grow plants - no pipes, no pumps, no dirt!

by Eve Poeschl | at Minnebar 15 | Thu, Oct 8 • 9:30 – 9:55 in Nokomis Track | View Schedule

Have you been collecting a lot of house plants this spring and summer? Are you sick of those fungus gnats? Spilling dirt on your floor? Are you a terrible plant parent who forgets to water your plants and they die?

Do you want to know how I keep 200+ plants alive and I only water once or twice a month?

Come and learn about semi-hydroponics! I will give you a rundown of:

  • How to grow your plants in inorganic media such as clay balls and rocks (LECA)
  • How to transfer plants from soil to LECA
  • What kind of pots to use
  • How to mix nutrients for your plants (aka what plants crave)
  • The Kratky method which is a passive hydroponics method for growing fruits and vegetables
  • Live demo and a tour of my plant space!

Our growing season outside is ending, so lets grow some stuff inside!


Eve Poeschl

Eve's day job has always been technology and innovation-driven. She has worked as a Network Engineer, .NET developer, Product Owner, Business Analyst, and Solutions Architect. Currently she is the Director of Solutions Architecture at MentorMate where she enjoys providing technical consulting and guidance to clients and staying on top of current technologies and new trends. By night, Eve serves on the judging board for the Minnesota Cup high-tech division. She is a co-founder of MNClude - a safe and supportive community of individuals and peer groups in the Minnesota tech industry. She organizes monthly meetups around serverless technologies called Serverless MN. She's also a member of the Lunar Startups expert network where support and resources are given to underserved and underrepresented founders. Somehow she won a "40-under-40" award from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, maybe someone wires got crossed there. Eve likes the Minnesota Tech Community, talking about herself in the third person, eating at the hottest restaurants but not anymore because she's good at being socially distant, and many other random crazy hobbies that gets turned into tech-ajacent talks for Minnebar. Remember to vote and wear a mask!