Basics of Hydroponics

Hydroponic Systems   Hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants by feeding them through water as opposed to depending of break down of ingredients in soil.  There is an array of systems available on the market for consumers to buy and instructions on building your own.  From something as simple as a soda bottle plumbed with an aerator to prefab professional reservoir and tray methods, hydroponics systems are only limited by imagination.  There are however 6 basic types of...
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Easy Compost Tea Recipe

Compost Teas work on a few different levels for your plants and soil. Soil will come to life with important microbes actively colonizing it. A soil thriving with microbes will  even help prevent pests and disease. Another important component is the break down nutrition for the plant. Rapid breakdown of nutrients in a soil means increased absorption. Mycorrhizae, Rhizobacteria, and Bacillus Bacterias all play a crucial role in your plants life. With the use of these beneficial microbes you can...
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Crop Steering with Rock Wool

Crop Steering with Rock Wool   In this article we will look at crop steering with rock wool using precision irrigation methods for saturation and dry back. Crop steering is the maximizing of growth rates, minimizing nutrient waste, pushing a crops potential for aromas, yields, essential oils, etc. Rock wool over all other mediums offers this much precision at the growers fingertips. Rockwool is unique in design and function. Volcanic rock is melted down into thin quasi dense fibers making...
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Garden Cooling 101

Cooling your indoor garden or outdoor green house during the summer is crucial to a successful garden. There are different ways to do this with benefits to each method. When plants are at an optimal tempureture their stoma (pores on the surface of their leaves) stay closed and they use less resources to stay healthy. A properly cooled room leads to healthier plants and better yields. Air conditioning units are a great way to cool a garden, but the waste...
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Basic Propagation

Cloning also known as asexual propagation is the process of growing a new plant by cutting off a piece from a parent plant and duplicating that plant in a separate pot. Gardeners do this cloning/cutting methods to quickly reproduce plants with desirable traits. For instance you may have a tomato plant that has incredible yields, is pest resistant, grows compact, and/or is a fast grower compared to all other of the same family. People clone plants because they want to...
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