Category Archive: Hydroponic Gardening

May 20

Preparing Your Hydroponic Garden

Hydroponics is fun. Experimenting with different plants grown in water or rockwool leads to a new appreciation of the factors required for them to thrive. But, as with any successful project, a certain amount of preparation is required. The first, and most obvious thing needed is the plant itself, either in the form of seed …

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May 20

Hydroponics – Nutrient and Feeding Guidelines

All plants need nutrients to supply them with the elements needed for vital biochemical processes. Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are the top three generally listed, but there are more than a dozen others. Magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca) and several more perform essential roles in the life of hydroponic plants, just …

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May 19

Lighting the Hydroponic Garden

Most plants grown in a hydroponic setting require light, lots of it. They photosynthesize to produce their own nutrients. They require warmth to keep biochemical reactions going, and going at the right rate. They regulate many processes by the amount of light present, speeding some up and shutting down others. During photosynthesis plants take in …

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May 19

Hydroponics Growing Materials

Like any plant, those grown in a hydroponic setting require support and water. Because of the name, many of those new to hydroponics will arrive thinking that plants are always grown in water. That is certainly done, but there are many other choices for media. Hydroponics is really just soil-less plant growing, with some other …

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May 19

Hydroponic Gardening Kits

Complete hydroponic kits are available that range in price everywhere from a few dozen dollars to a few thousand. At the lowest end of the scale some kits offer little more than someone could make for themselves by gathering common household items. But they do implicitly package a little knowledge needed to get started. By …

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May 19

Hydroponics – All About pH

pH, the relative degree of acidity or alkalinity, is a vital component of a plant’s environment. As the pH changes the ability of the roots to absorb nutrients changes. But to understand how and more importantly, what to do about it, it’s helpful to have a knowledge of some very elementary chemistry. pH is a …

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Apr 20

Hydroponics – Pest and Disease Control

As with soil-based gardens, hydroponic plants require good pest and disease control habits. The alternative is the same as with ‘ordinary’ gardens: spindly or dead plants. Since the majority of hydroponic plants are fruits and vegetables, that means: plants not worth eating. But the situation with hydroponics is even trickier, since disease and pests have …

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Mar 20

Hydroponics – Simple Plant Biology

For some, the phrases ‘plant biology’ or ‘plant physiology’ or even the word botany brings to mind scary images. Certainly these sciences can be very complex and studying them is reserved for the truly motivated or professional. But even ‘by the seat of their pants’ gardeners can benefit from a small amount of such information, …

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Feb 20

Hydroponics – Soil-less Plant Culture

The name hydroponics suggests plants grown in water, and that method is used. But it really refers to any method of horticulture that doesn’t use soil, usually in a highly artificial setting. So, it’s sometimes called S/CEA or soil-less controlled environment agriculture. Hydroponics offers many challenges, but has many benefits both to the plant and …

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Jan 20

The Hydroponic Greenhouse

Like soil-based plant growing, greenhouses offer a good alternative to the hydroponic gardener. Many of the same advantages apply in either setting. But hydroponics is especially well-suited to greenhouses, where light, temperature and airflow are easier to maintain than in some other settings. Tomatoes, peas, Welsh onions, strawberries and many other fruits and vegetables thrive …

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