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Hydroponic Nutrients For Beginners: Base vs. Additives

As the trend grows towards hydroponic gardening, so does the confusion regarding plant nutrition.

New growers are mystified by the array of products available that all promise to promote bigger, better and more plant production. Well we are here to help you quickly learn essentials behind the major nutrient brands on the market today. Let’s take some of the mystery out of the growing process by looking at the differences between base nutrients (the essentials) and additives (your extras).

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Five Best Ways To Germinate Seeds

Starting a garden from seed? Well get ready for an education in germination.

These are the five best ways to germinate your seeds and a few tips on how to plant your seeds once they’ve rooted. Luckily, germinating seeds successfully doesn’t take a science degree. But it will take a glass of water and roughly 24 hours, so if don’t have either of those you should probably stop reading now. By following these simple ‘how to’ tips for germinating seeds, you can have an abundance of plants growing in the garden this year for minimal expense.

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The Importance Of pH Water Balance – Why And How To Do It

I dont have a PHD but I can tell you that you are having a pH problem.

Are your plants showing signs of limp folliage, sluggish growth and stressed yellowing leaves? Well i’m here to tell you about viagra for plants. No i’m just kidding. A quick and easy thing to check for is the pH level of the water or nutrient solution you are feeding your plants. Whether growing in soil or hydroponically it’s vital for proper nutrient uptake that your water or solution be pH’d properly. I get to talk to a lot of growers who are new to gardening. They often come to me with problems they face in the garden, giving me plant symptoms and asking for diagnoses. Having a PHD in watching YouTube videos to diagnose my own plants i’m incredibly confident playing doctor. Let’s start dissecting.

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Stop Trying And Start Growing! Easiest Water Only Soil!

Stop trying and start growing with the easiest water only soil growing medium.

I started growing 7 years ago and after my very first grow I’ve always tried to improve on one thing… find a way to make my life easier! Whether it was updating my growing equipment with newer technologies or controlling my environment in different ways I’ve always wanted to grow the most successful crop with the least amount of effort exerted. I’m a millennial, what do you expect? Sure I love gardening but indoor gardening has a multitude of obstacles to overcome and finding ways to avoid said obstacles is and will always be my mission. I’ve grown hydroponically my entire life because I was originally led to believe that hydro was the cleanest, easiest and most environmentally friendly way to grow indoors. My millennial background was drawn to the ease of nutrient feed schedules and fully automated grow systems. While I love my ebb and flow hydro system it has some unavoidable downfalls, including but not limited to: nutrient prepping on a weekly basis, full system cleaning every grow to minimize containments, and the overall amount of space hydro systems and their reservoirs take up in your grow room. All these little things sent me on my journey to remedy these inconveniences in my life and try something new.

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Funk Filter Carbon Air Filter for Cleaning Your Garden’s Air

The Funk Filter Carbon Air Filter eliminates nasty orders and other harmful airborne particles keeping your plants safe and your room smelling fresh! Air is cleaned by passing through the filter which contains odor eliminating granular charcoal. This filtering process will remove 99.5% of all odors from your grow room!

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Differences in Indoor Grow Lights

As the trend continues to grow towards indoor hydroponic gardening, an ongoing conversation about which indoor grow lights are the best and which ones are the worst is up for debate. To discover which indoor lighting type works best for you, start by learning which types are available and the differences between each type.

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Is Hydroponic Gardening for You?

Hydroponic gardening is the method of growing fresh vegetables without using soil. The growing method has several applications including vermiponics and aquaponics, which we will dive into a little later. All hydroponic applications have the capability to produce successful harvests. As the trend continues to grow towards sustainable living, the demand for alternative gardening methods producing food year round will grow as well. Hydroponic gardening can produce fresh vegetables and fish year around and help promote a sustainable life style.

Benefits of Hydroponics

This form of gardening can be done indoors, a plus for many people who lead busy lives or who don’t have land space. Indoor gardening allows you to tend to the growing vegetation after dark or before daylight, since you control the light. Hydroponic gardening also allows those who have no outdoor space to grow their own fresh vegetables year around. A hydroponic gardening system can be set up inside a home, in a spare bedroom, in a garage, on a lanai or inside of any other sheltered location.

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What are HID Grow Lights?

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) are two types of HID bulbs that are good for indoor growing. MH bulbs produce light in the blue spectrum. This light is better for plant growth during the vegetative stage as it promotes stem, branch and leaf growth . HPS bulbs produce light in the orange to red spectrum. The light produced in the orange to red spectrum triggers the release of plant hormones used in the flowering stages. You can usually expect higher yields when growing with HPS bulbs.

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Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Hydroponics is a fast growing industry and is the future of gardening! The ability to grow food without soil, indoors or outdoors, makes growing plants hydroponically the ideal way to provide fresh food in areas that have no land space or where soil is sterile and unable to grow vegetation. Whether you’re a home gardener who would like to have fresh herbs on hand year round or a commercial food grower who would like to extend your growing season and profit margin, growing hydroponically offers many benefits.

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Environmental Control Tips for Growing Plants Indoors

Growing plants indoors with hydroponics allows you to provide yourself and your loved ones with fresh produce year around. However, just like outdoor-grown plants, those grown indoors must have a certain type of environment in which to grow. Humidity, air circulation, light and temperature needs must be met so plants can thrive in an indoor environment. Use these environmental control tips to provide the perfect indoor environment in which to successfully grow plants of your choice.

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Carbon Filters and How They Work

One of the biggest challenges that an indoor hydroponic gardener faces is the unpleasant odors coming from their plants or system. The best way to tame those plant odors and breathe easy is by using a carbon filter. Carbon filters can be used for both purifying water and air to remove toxins and odors for healthier, happier people and plants.


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HID vs LED Grow Lights

When it comes to growing plants indoors, there are two major competitors in the world of grow lights. Light Emitting Diode lights, or LED’s, and High-Intensity Discharge lamps, or HIDs. The big question is which one is better and which one will offer the biggest benefits to your crops. Well on the surface one of the most noticeable difference in lights is going to be the price. You can buy a 1000 Watt HID grow light for about $60. Right now the only true 1000 watt LED grow light on the market is the PhytoMAX 1000 and it MSRP’s at $3,099. At such a contrasting price point it’s important for growers to do their research and fully understand the benefits of growing with each.

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