When Jason Tidd heard Yield of Dreams was closing in Newmarket, he wanted to fill the gap for hydroponic growers in town. That's where Tree of Life comes in. The small franchise sells hydroponic supplies and products, with two other locations in Pickering and Bowmanville. Tidd owns the newest location, which opened this month at 559 Steven Ct., near Bayview Avenue and Mulock Drive. 

The store is in the same plaza, although not the same unit where the other hydroponics store had been located for 24 years. It closed on July 28 after the owners and the business moved north to South River, Ontario. "We thought it was a good opportunity to fill that void by coming here and offering the same products, if not more products, in this area," Tidd said. 

"The cost of produce now and the way things are mean that, in the long term, you'll have a better reward, and you know what you're growing," he said. 

Tidd personally grows all sorts of products, including tomatoes, and has been into hydroponics for 12 years. He would consider himself a green thumb but said, "When it comes to gardening and growing, you're going to fail. You're going to make mistakes."

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