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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...

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....

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...

What Every Grower Needs to Know About Water Quality What Every Grower Needs to Know About Water Quality What Every Grower Needs to Know About Water Quality What Every Grower Needs to Know About Water Quality


Water. It’s a basic requirement for all life on our planet and absolutely essential to every aspect of gardening—both indoors and out—but...

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

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...

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...

What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You?


Matt LeBannister discusses the attributes of various hydroponic grow mediums and which systems they are ideal for

How to Customize Your Own Organic Potting Mix How to Customize Your Own Organic Potting Mix How to Customize Your Own Organic Potting Mix How to Customize Your Own Organic Potting Mix


Customizing your organic potting mix is a great way to ensure your plants receive the best nourishment possible

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...

Become a Grow Media Master! How to Grow Like a Pro with the Right Substrate Become a Grow Media Master! How to Grow Like a Pro with the Right Substrate Become a Grow Media Master! How to Grow Like a Pro with the Right Substrate Become a Grow Media Master! How to Grow Like a Pro with the Right Substrate


At a time when many hobby growers are taking steps towards becoming professional growers, it is important to understand that successful...

10 Ways to Make Your Garden Bloom on a Budget 10 Ways to Make Your Garden Bloom on a Budget 10 Ways to Make Your Garden Bloom on a Budget 10 Ways to Make Your Garden Bloom on a Budget


Don’t fret if you don’t have an endless budget to help bring your garden to bloom. There are plenty of money-saving tips you can use to...

Simply Silica Simply Silica Simply Silica Simply Silica


Silica is abundant in many soils and is a major component of plant tissue, sometimes in even higher concentrations than nitrogen and...

Evolution of Hydroponic Nutrition Evolution of Hydroponic Nutrition Evolution of Hydroponic Nutrition Evolution of Hydroponic Nutrition


Hydroponic nutrients, like indoor gardening hardware, have evolved immensely over the last 10 years. There have been major breakthroughs in...

Brew up a Batch of Compost Tea Brew up a Batch of Compost Tea Brew up a Batch of Compost Tea Brew up a Batch of Compost Tea


One of the most effective ways to boost microbial populations in your soil or hydroponic systems is the periodic application of compost...

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...

Growing Media Options Growing Media Options Growing Media Options Growing Media Options


The two most common types of growing media used for containers are potting soils and hydroponic media, but there are plenty of alternatives

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