Mediums



Can You Sterilize and Reuse Your Grow Media? Can You Sterilize and Reuse Your Grow Media? Can You Sterilize and Reuse Your Grow Media? Can You Sterilize and Reuse Your Grow Media?


The prospect of saving money and reducing waste by reusing the disposable components of your growroom is tempting, but it doesn’t come...

5 Mistakes Rookie Home Growers Make 5 Mistakes Rookie Home Growers Make 5 Mistakes Rookie Home Growers Make 5 Mistakes Rookie Home Growers Make


If you are new to maintaining a home garden, there are a handful of rookie mistakes that are easy to make. Fortunately, you don't have to...

How to Dispose of Food Waste in a Natural, Earth-friendly Way How to Dispose of Food Waste in a Natural, Earth-friendly Way How to Dispose of Food Waste in a Natural, Earth-friendly Way How to Dispose of Food Waste in a Natural, Earth-friendly Way


You often try to be as green as possible: you recycle your plastics, you bring reusable bags with you when you shop, and you do what you...

Choosing the Right Grow Media for Greenhouse Herb and Vegetable Production Choosing the Right Grow Media for Greenhouse Herb and Vegetable Production Choosing the Right Grow Media for Greenhouse Herb and Vegetable Production Choosing the Right Grow Media for Greenhouse Herb and Vegetable Production


Growing media are made of engineered materials designed to provide ideal physical and chemical characteristics for the root environment....

Using PRO-MIX in Hydroponics Using PRO-MIX in Hydroponics Using PRO-MIX in Hydroponics Using PRO-MIX in Hydroponics


With the increased popularity of indoor gardening, the term hydroponics has been associated with peat-based soilless growing media. However...

Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules


Fertilizer, water, and digging are cornerstones of any garden. So, how is it that Paul Gautschi breaks these conventions and still manages...

Balancing Act: Understanding the Ups and Downs of pH Balancing Act: Understanding the Ups and Downs of pH Balancing Act: Understanding the Ups and Downs of pH Balancing Act: Understanding the Ups and Downs of pH


The best growers have the basics of horticulture down pat. One of the most important basics is understanding pH

10 Facts on Buffers 10 Facts on Buffers 10 Facts on Buffers 10 Facts on Buffers


The term buffer is used in a lot of ways. In general usage, it suggests a cushion or barrier of some kind between two zones. Chemically,...

Perlite in the Garden: To Use or Not to Use? Perlite in the Garden: To Use or Not to Use? Perlite in the Garden: To Use or Not to Use? Perlite in the Garden: To Use or Not to Use?


Though tiny, a grain of perlite can be mighty. Frank Rauscher digs deep to outline the benefits and drawbacks that lightweight perlite can...

Not Just for Festivals: Beer Gardens Can Help Plants Thrive Not Just for Festivals: Beer Gardens Can Help Plants Thrive Not Just for Festivals: Beer Gardens Can Help Plants Thrive Not Just for Festivals: Beer Gardens Can Help Plants Thrive


Beer, one of America’s favorite alcoholic beverages, can be used for more than a tailgate or night on the town. Bryan Traficante explains...

Soup Up Your Soil with Kelp Molasses Guano Soup Up Your Soil with Kelp Molasses Guano Soup Up Your Soil with Kelp Molasses Guano Soup Up Your Soil with Kelp Molasses Guano


What do kelp, molasses, and guano have in common? Well, it’s kind of a long story, but simply put, they are all organic ingredients that...

The Chemistry of Coco Coir The Chemistry of Coco Coir The Chemistry of Coco Coir The Chemistry of Coco Coir


As the ground-up seed husk tissue from the coconut palm tree, coco coir has become a popular and effective growing medium for indoor and...

Strengthening Your Plant’s Roots Strengthening Your Plant’s Roots Strengthening Your Plant’s Roots Strengthening Your Plant’s Roots


Horticulturists who focus some of their energy on making the plant’s root system thrive will usually have better yields and less problems...

How to Enliven Your Soil With Rock Powder How to Enliven Your Soil With Rock Powder How to Enliven Your Soil With Rock Powder How to Enliven Your Soil With Rock Powder


The use of rock powders as additives in various types of gardens is on the rise

Amino Acids: The Lego Blocks of Plant Proteins Amino Acids: The Lego Blocks of Plant Proteins Amino Acids: The Lego Blocks of Plant Proteins Amino Acids: The Lego Blocks of Plant Proteins


After water, amino acids are the second most prominent molecules in plants and animals. They act as the building blocks of proteins

What Mycorrhizae Can Do For You What Mycorrhizae Can Do For You What Mycorrhizae Can Do For You What Mycorrhizae Can Do For You


Mycorrhizae can greatly improve the quality and yield of your plants, but in order to understand the benefits of adding mycorrhizae to your...

The Myth of Drainage Material in Container Plantings The Myth of Drainage Material in Container Plantings The Myth of Drainage Material in Container Plantings The Myth of Drainage Material in Container Plantings


A popular gardening myth out there goes a little something like this: “Add a layer of gravel or other coarse material in the bottom of...

Enzyme Energy Enzyme Energy Enzyme Energy Enzyme Energy


Enzymes are the glue that holds together an incredibly intricate garden relationship between minerals, microbes and biological creatures....

The Benefits of Using Coco Coir The Benefits of Using Coco Coir The Benefits of Using Coco Coir The Benefits of Using Coco Coir


Ease of use, along with never accidentally water-logging your roots, makes coco coir a great media for both novice and experienced growers,...

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