Apr
21
2016

The Basics of Greenhouse Coverings

There are lots of different types of coverings available; however, choosing the right one for your application and structure type is something you should learn more about to make an informed purchase. Here’s a quick checklist of some of the basic questions you will want to address first: Continue Reading




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Apr
09
2016

Tips and Tricks: Cloning with Machines

Hydroponic growers and experts are split on which aeroponic cloning machine to recommend. The three front-runners are the EZ Clone, the Botanicare Power Cloner, and theTurboKlone.




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Dec
30
2015

Techniques for Long Term Seed Storage

While seeds ripen on the plant they prepare to fall off and dry out a little during the dormant period. This will slow down their internal processes, and by convert food reserves from sugars to more stable fats and starches. Wait until your fruits are ripe before harvesting your seeds so they will be prepared for drying and dormancy. Some seeds even germinate better after drying versus going in the ground “fresh.”




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Dec
30
2015

Long Term Harvest Storage

In most instances, harvests taste best fresh; straight off the vine when it comes to fruits, flowers, herbs and leafy greens. Just one of the great reasons to grow your own year round!
However, in some types of plants—and even with some variance from strain to strain, the best qualities come out overtime with storage.




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Oct
30
2015

Aquaponics is Easier Than You Think

The best way to describe Aquaponics is as a symbiotic relationship; the fusion of aquaculture and hydroponics.




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Sep
30
2015

Harvest Season Tips and Tricks with Eric Biksa

By Erik Biksa Contibutor (Editor, www.grozine.com) Proven and Valuable Harvesting Tips Harvest season is a busy time for growers.  The tendency is to focus on crop quality through the growing process, although experts know through experience that how the crop is handled post-harvest contributes to the bottom line. Crop trimming machines are well known for saving big on labor time required to trim excess foliage from delicate and valuable cut flowers and herbs, for example. But what about quality? Lets … Continue Reading




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Aug
04
2014

Cloning – BEYOND the Basics for Heavier Harvests Faster

By Erik Biksa Contibutor (Editor, www.grozine.com) Why Cloning Rocks Cloning plants, or “asexual propagation”; the process where plants can be replicated without exchanging DNA, allows growers to replicate their favorite plant in the garden over and over again. This is a really powerful tool for growers for several reasons, including: plants grow uniform and finish at the same time know quality and characteristics can select for traits that suit the market or season faster cropping versus seeds While in terms … Continue Reading




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May
06
2014

Drip System Problems and Maintenance

Drip systems are one of the biggest time savers in any garden. They are also easy to design and install and are relatively inexpensive. Once set up, plants are fed regularly and precisely on the schedule you choose. In my own gardens I have found that not only do drip systems save me a whole lot of time but they have also saved my garden from sure death when life gets busy and I don’t have time to spend with … Continue Reading




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Mar
31
2014

How to Prevent Early Spring Flowering

Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference, as well as the timing of when you decide to put your plants outside. But when is too early to plant your garden? This depends greatly on your geographic location and sun exposure of your garden location. The general consensus in planting zones north of Central California is to put your plants outside around memorial day weekend or … Continue Reading




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Jan
27
2014

Maximizing PAR output with a new double-ended system

So as with the introduction of any new technology, there is a slight learning curve that needs to be addressed to ensure optimum performance.  The first most noticeable difference is that the double ended bulbs look considerably different than standard HID bulbs. The bulbs no longer fit a mogul socket; they are in fact tapered at both ends and require a special fixture in order to operate. Gavita appears to have been the first on the scene, and are the … Continue Reading




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Sep
06
2013

How to Prevent Plant Diseases

Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and he may have been referring to plant health and disease prevention. Rather than discussing the vast array of grey black fuzzy brown wilting diseases lets focus on prevention. It’s far easier. Light, air, and water are the most important factors to plant health. A healthy plant in prime conditions will be far less likely to fall victim to disease. Plant health depends on good light and … Continue Reading




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Jul
12
2013

Am I Over Watering My Plants?

Watering potted plants during the summer months can definitely be tricky. In high light and high temperature situations, with transpiration, evaporation, and water utilized during the photosynthetic processes taken into consideration, most plants need a healthy dose of fresh water daily. Although the leading cause of death among potted plants is under watering, symptoms of over watering can be similar and hard to distinguish as times. In both instances,  leaves curl, can yellow, and drop from the plant.  Usually an … Continue Reading




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Jun
09
2013

Caring for Transplanted Plants

This is a continuation of How to Transplant Cuttings and Seedlings. Once your plants have been placed in their new home it is not uncommon, during the first week, for your plants to show signs of stress.  After about a week you should start to see them take to their new environment with thriving new growth.  A healthy vigorous vegetative growth phase is key to having a bountiful, successful harvest.  Here are a couple things that will assist in boosting … Continue Reading




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Jun
04
2013

Vitamin B1 and Your Garden

Anyone can improve upon nature by providing their garden with specific plant vitamins that assist in steady, healthy, and (most importantly) rapid growth rates. Researchers have demonstrated that plants naturally produce Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B-1, in the foliage and transport it to the root zone. There it is utilized by root tissues to assist in new growth or cell generation. Additionally, symbiotic organisms such as beneficial bacteria and fungi use Vitamin B-1 to regulate their metabolism. In this … Continue Reading




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May
01
2013

How to Transplant Cuttings and Seedlings

Spring is here which means anyone with a garden is bound to do some type of transplanting.  A well executed transplant is one key to having a bountiful harvest.  Whether you garden in soil, soilless, or hydroponics, there are a few helpful hints that will make this transition nice and easy for you and your garden.  The number one goal when transplanting any full grown plant or newly rooted cutting or seedling is to reduce or eliminate “transplant shock”.  We … Continue Reading




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Apr
25
2013

How To Organically Control Caterpillars in Your Garden

A common pest to most outdoor and greenhouse gardens are caterpillars. These are ravenous feeders that, when left unchecked, do lots damage. There are a few precautions that you can take that will defeat these quickly and safely. First step is knowing what to look for to identify caterpillar activity. One sure way to tell is when you see your flowers partially eaten and small black specks are left around the area. Those are the droppings of the caterpillar and … Continue Reading




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Apr
01
2013

Cold Frames for a Head Start To Spring Gardening

Cold Frame Basics The term “cold frame” typically refers to a low profile covered structure used to protect plants from the elements. Often cold weather, and excessive wetness or moisture can hinder the growth of small plants – so a cold frame can be a viable solution to nurture the plants to a size where they can withstand the elements. As far as greenhouses go, the term cold frame actually has more than one meaning. Basically, the different groups that … Continue Reading




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Mar
04
2013

Managing Spider Mites in your garden

Spider mites are one of the most common garden pests and can be found feeding on the leaves and stems of vegetables, plants, fruit trees, and vines.  Spider mite control becomes increasingly difficult once the pest has been well established in the garden so early detection is very important.  Although related to insects, mites are not insects but members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks.  The spider mite also known as “web-spinning mite” is the most common … Continue Reading




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Jan
08
2013

The least toxic pest and disease control sprays

When looking at spray options in relation to pest management, it is important to look at what you are trying to achieve.  If you are growing fruits, vegetables, or greens; the least “toxic” approach is always best.  Over the years a number of products have been developed to combat the various pests in the garden, with some having more successful than others.  With all the choices these days on the shelf, here is a breakdown of some of the least … Continue Reading




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Dec
03
2012

Relative humidity in your indoor garden

What is Relative Humidity? Humidity is a term used to describe the concentration of water in the air. Warmer air can hold more water vapor; the maximum amount of water that air can hold is contingent upon the temperature of the air; the warmer the air the greater amount of water vapor that can be held.  The capacity of water that the air can hold changes with temperature.  The temperature also influences the volume of water that the air can … Continue Reading




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