Mar
01
2013

Automating Your Grow Room

Automating a grow room will help keep a stable indoor growing environment reducing problems, saving time and increasing yields. Automation is defined as: the technique, method or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic or mechanical devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum. Some examples of common “highly automatic means” in the grow room are timers, temperature and/or humidity controllers and CO2 monitors. The most fundamental means of automation that every indoor gardener … Continue Reading

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Jan
29
2013

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a head start on summer crops and a common practice for year round hydroponic gardeners. How a plant starts it’s life can have a big affect on how well the plant ultimately develops and matures. Improper care of a seedling or small plant can stall the plant’s growth and root development which can lead to slower growth, plant disease, pest infestations and poor harvests. The good news is starting seeds indoors … Continue Reading

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Dec
03
2012

EDTA: If you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate

Have you ever looked on the label of your plant nutrients and seen “EDTA” attached to one or more of its ingredients?  Ever wonder what it is? EDTA is Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a widely used compound in a number of industries, from the textile, soft drink, and detergent industries; to the medical, cosmetic, and even agricultural industries.  EDTA’s solubility in water makes it a great candidate for numerous industrial applications.  So how does EDTA apply to agriculture and plant nutrition?  First, … Continue Reading

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Dec
03
2012

How to choose a grow light reflector

How do you choose the appropriate HID reflector for your growing space? There are a number of factors to consider, from size and shape, to your wattage requirements. Reflectors come in a number of configurations, from simple bent aluminum wings, to engineered reflectors with air-cooling features, such as 4”, 6” or 8” ducting options. To get started, traditionally, a 1000W light accommodates a 4’ x 4’ square.  A 600W is used for a 3’ x 3’, and 250W would be … 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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Nov
05
2012

Reducing Aphid Infestation

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouthparts to feed on plant sap. They usually occur in colonies on the undersides of tender terminal growth. Heavily-infested leaves can wilt or turn yellow because of excessive sap removal. While the plant may look bad, aphid feeding generally will not seriously harm healthy, established trees and shrubs. However, some plants are very sensitive to feeding by certain aphid species. Saliva injected into plants by these aphids may cause leaves to … Continue Reading

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Oct
03
2012

Featured Article – Black Label Hydroponic Nutrients

Pure Essentials Black Label Veg A & B™ focuses on providing the key elements needed for your plants at the growing stages of their life-cycle while Pure Essentials Black Label Bud A & B™ should be utilized to help your plant bloom with great results in the fruit and flowering stages. During these stages we understand that it is also important to enhance and strengthen your roots through the entire process. When you need that bump to help your plants really have amazing results, we … Continue Reading

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Aug
28
2012

Top Feed Drip Method Pt. 3

Top Feed Drip Method Pt. 3 We continue this month with the conclusion of three installments on the introduction and design tips to set-up your own top feed drip system.  Here is the link to part one and part two. Plant Food/Amendments- There are quite a few of options to choose from these days. The first and most important thing, is to make sure you have all your bases covered with a complete nutrient program.  Traditionally this would be a base … Continue Reading

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Jun
06
2012

Grow Room Cooling Techniques

My grow room or garden is way too hot. What can i do? Summer’s here and the time is right…for heat issues.  Mastering grow room cooling techniques in your hydroponic garden is important during the summer months because a garden can suffer greatly when heat gets out of control.  If you are among the fortunate few who live in a cool coastal climate, these tips may not be for you.  For the rest of us, here are some tips to … Continue Reading

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Jun
06
2012

Why hard water is bad for your plants and how to fix it

Should I Use Reverse Osmosis Water in My Garden? Water quality is a crucial element to any garden’s success; whether you are a container and soil gardener, or hydroponic farmer, you know this statement rings true.  Have you had problems with nutrient lock-out?  Yellowing plants?  Check the parts-per-million (ppm) of the water you are using.  Many successful gardeners believe that using a reverse osmosis system to make pure, clean water, is one of the best things for your garden.  The … Continue Reading

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Apr
25
2012

Top Feed Drip Method Pt1

Top-Feeding Drip Top feeding plants can be a simple and very effective way to keep your plants hydrated, or fed properly. There are various different products that can be used to top feed, and I will attempt to explore the most applicable options, and when and why they do, or do not work well for a given situation. Theory Behind Top-Feeding Two important components that plants need to survive are water and nutrients. Plant mediums either contain nutrients – such … Continue Reading

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