Growing plants in space

From: zeb haradon (
Date: Sun May 28 2000 - 18:35:44 MDT

I came across the following link:
It is about a student project to grow potatoes in (simulated) Martian soil.
Is this possible? This is very startling to me. I was under the impression
that you need some sort of organic material in the soil to grow any kind of
plant, and surely they will need to at least add water.
What exactly are the soil requirements for growing various types of plants?
Could you grow food plants in the dust which coats the moon? If so, this
drastically simplifies my lunar colonization plans.

Zeb Haradon (
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