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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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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Apr
24
2012

Garden Transplanting Basics

Hey everybody! This is Sarti from Santa Cruz Hydro – Scotts Valley (formerly Rooted Hydroponics), here with your gardening tips and tricks of the month…the basics of garden transplanting. First, make sure you have enough material; whatever you choose as your medium. One of my favorite nutrients for successful transplanting is Botanicare Liquid Karma. I found it works well with anything from rock wool, coco, pro-mix, to soil. I like to use it as a root drench to prepare the … Continue Reading

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