Kyle Ladenburger

Kyle L. Ladenburger is a freelance garden writer who has worked in the gardening/hydroponics industry for over a decade. As an avid indoor and outdoor gardener, he is well-versed in nearly all types of growing methods with an overall focus on sustainability and maintaining healthy soils. He holds a strong conviction that growing one’s own food is a powerful way to change lives and the world for the better.

Articles by Kyle Ladenburger


Healing Back Pain with Medical Marijuana in Illinois Healing Back Pain with Medical Marijuana in Illinois Healing Back Pain with Medical Marijuana in Illinois Healing Back Pain with Medical Marijuana in Illinois


Though medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2013, the state wasn’t quick to embrace it. Here is one man's account of...

Modern Hybrids vs. Landrace Strains: Know Your Roots! Modern Hybrids vs. Landrace Strains: Know Your Roots! Modern Hybrids vs. Landrace Strains: Know Your Roots! Modern Hybrids vs. Landrace Strains: Know Your Roots!


The cannabis industry, like other agricultural industries, is undoubtedly dominated by hybrid cultivars or varieties. What does that mean,...

The Best Way to Trellis Outdoor Cannabis Plants The Best Way to Trellis Outdoor Cannabis Plants The Best Way to Trellis Outdoor Cannabis Plants The Best Way to Trellis Outdoor Cannabis Plants


If your growroom’s parameters are on point, indoor cannabis has a pretty cushy life. Its outdoor cousin, on the other hand, has to deal...

Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism


Have you ever wondered how and why cannabis and other plants produce those amazing compounds that essential oils are derived from?

Contributions Over Compassion: Why We Need More Trials to Prove the Medical Benefits of Cannabis Contributions Over Compassion: Why We Need More Trials to Prove the Medical Benefits of Cannabis Contributions Over Compassion: Why We Need More Trials to Prove the Medical Benefits of Cannabis Contributions Over Compassion: Why We Need More Trials to Prove the Medical Benefits of Cannabis


Hydrolife's Kyle L. Ladenburger examines the struck-down bill that would have opened the door for FDA trials designed to examine the...

Emerald Triangle: Where Outdoor Cannabis Grows & Grows Emerald Triangle: Where Outdoor Cannabis Grows & Grows Emerald Triangle: Where Outdoor Cannabis Grows & Grows Emerald Triangle: Where Outdoor Cannabis Grows & Grows


The Emerald Triangle area a makes for the perfect place to grow your own. Covering more than 10,000 square miles, the region is sparsely...

Small Garden Small Garden Small Garden Small Garden


When it comes to gardening, go big or go home, right? Kyle Ladenburger thinks small gardens are the answer. Here's why.

It’s as Easy as Growing Potatoes in a Barrel It’s as Easy as Growing Potatoes in a Barrel It’s as Easy as Growing Potatoes in a Barrel It’s as Easy as Growing Potatoes in a Barrel


For potatoes, more roots equal more crops, which is why the potato barrel concept works so well. Follow these six steps for growing loads...

Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism Striving to Survive: Essential Oils, Glandular Trichomes & the Secondary Metabolism


Have you ever wondered why plants produce those amazing compounds that essential oils are derived from? It all has to do with glandular...

The Plant Doctor The Plant Doctor The Plant Doctor The Plant Doctor


Have you ever been told by your doctor to slow down and take it easy? It’s common advice that should also be carried over into the plant...

Plants Dig Potassium Plants Dig Potassium Plants Dig Potassium Plants Dig Potassium


Without adequate amounts of potassium, your plants won’t grow to their fullest potential. Read on to learn what this essential element does...

Enzyme Time Enzyme Time Enzyme Time Enzyme Time


Enzymes are all around us, including in our bodies and in the soil, but what they are, how they work and just how they benefit our gardens...

Phosphorus: The Essential Element Phosphorus: The Essential Element Phosphorus: The Essential Element Phosphorus: The Essential Element


Do you want better roots, increased flower and fruit formation, and plants that are better able to resist diseases? Make sure your plants...

Mighty Microbes Mighty Microbes Mighty Microbes Mighty Microbes


As a vital part of the soil food web, microbes help to cycle energy and nutrition throughout the land by breaking down organic matter and...

Adapting to Survive: Carnivorous and Parasitic Plants Adapting to Survive: Carnivorous and Parasitic Plants Adapting to Survive: Carnivorous and Parasitic Plants Adapting to Survive: Carnivorous and Parasitic Plants


Carnivorous and parasitic plants are two great examples of how when faced with extinction, plants are not as passive as they may seem....

The Art of Bonsai The Art of Bonsai The Art of Bonsai The Art of Bonsai


Bonsai is the art of growing trees and shrubs in small, shallow containers. Interested in trying it out for yourself? It takes patience,...

Remember to Flush Remember to Flush Remember to Flush Remember to Flush


Growers might find it beneficial, if not imperative, to flush or leach the rooting medium to clear out any unwanted fertilizer salt buildup...

Nitrogen: The Essential Element and its Forms Nitrogen: The Essential Element and its Forms Nitrogen: The Essential Element and its Forms Nitrogen: The Essential Element and its Forms


Understanding the different forms of nitrogen and the ways they behave in the soil will allow a grower to make sound decisions regarding...

Germinating Seeds and Caring for Seedlings Germinating Seeds and Caring for Seedlings Germinating Seeds and Caring for Seedlings Germinating Seeds and Caring for Seedlings


Within each seed is all of the genetic information needed to grow a mature plant destined to create life-sustaining fruits, grains or maybe...

Getting Hoppy Getting Hoppy Getting Hoppy Getting Hoppy


Hops, the female flowers of the plant Humulus lupulus, are best known for the bitter, tangy flavor they lend to beer. Kyle Ladenburger has...

Growing and Propagating Shamrocks Growing and Propagating Shamrocks Growing and Propagating Shamrocks Growing and Propagating Shamrocks


Small-leafed shamrocks plants to own and can live for many years. They are easy to grow, make an excellent addition to any plant collection...

The Possibilities and Realities of Foliar Feeding The Possibilities and Realities of Foliar Feeding The Possibilities and Realities of Foliar Feeding The Possibilities and Realities of Foliar Feeding


Sixty years ago, researchers discovered that it wasn't just roots that could absorb elemental plant nutrients. The findings sparked new...

Q&A by Kyle Ladenburger



Pinching or cutting off early flower buds promotes vigorous root and vegetative growth. Removing the early flowers will redirect the...


Phosphite products really started to gain popularity within the turf industry in the 1990s as an effective and relatively less toxic...


Most hydroponic fertilizer companies will include application directions in their product literature that are broken down by specific plant...

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