-Luis Guerra- When it comes to feeding your plants hydroponically, there seems to be an enormous amount of information everywhere you turn. There are so many claims about which lines work the best and how many bottles a line needs to grow the best plants, many of them confusing or even contradictory. In my latest post, I’ll help you take some of the guesswork out of starting to grow hydroponically. One-part I mostly recommend one-part nutrients to new hydroponic growers simply … [Read more...] about One, Two, or Three-Part Nutrients?
-Ryan Blankenship- I have used several different types of brewing setups throughout my life, starting with the extract kits on the stove and moving my way to all-grain brewing. At one point I had a Sabco system, which is a self-automated system with its own pumps and built-in heaters. I also built my own recirculating system using some old kegs and a chugger pump. We recently started carrying the Mash and Boil Unit, and I wanted to put it to the test. This system is designed to make a … [Read more...] about Brewing with the Mash and Boil
-Annette Morgan- Terrariums were first developed by a happy accident. In 1842, botanist Nathaniel Ward was observing insect behavior when he mistakenly left the lid off of a jar. A tiny fern spore germinated in his jar and created the first terrarium, which also came to be known as a Wardian case. There are two types of terrarias classification, closed and open. A completely closed terrarium will develop its own water cycle system via condensation. This mini greenhouse will stay moist and … [Read more...] about Terrarium Tutorial – Build a World!
-Gabrial House- The Holidays can be a fun, hectic time filled with family and friends. With holiday shopping, dinners, and outings the season just flies by. Today I want to talk about a few items that the indoor grower has probably put off buying until this special time of the year. If you are or know someone who loves to garden indoors, then Fifth Season Gardening Co. is the one-stop shop for you! Lots of growers have a tried and true nutrient regimen that they trust and love. … [Read more...] about The Indoor Gardener’s Gift List of Dreams
This time of year, we get asked a lot to recommend gifts for gardeners. We talked with our staff, and here are some of their favorites for people on your list who like to dig in the dirt: A tool they wouldn’t necessarily get for themselves, but will keep forever – A really nice quality garden tool will last for generations and makes working in the garden more enjoyable. We carry a few lines of truly high-quality tools that any gardener would love. Rogue Hoes are made from recycled … [Read more...] about Holiday Gifts for the Gardener
-Jennifer Hawthorne- With the holidays right around the corner, most of us will be spending some time with people we love dearly. We often have get togethers, such as parties, dinners, or just coffee or tea on a rainy day. These moments are special and make life worth living. Why not start the holiday season off by preparing a festive fermentation to share with the friends and loved ones who enrich our lives? Fermenting only takes 5 days to three weeks, depending on the level of … [Read more...] about Festive Fermentations
-Luis Guerra- The transition from summer to winter seems to be getting shorter and shorter. Fall just seems to fly by; one minute day temps are pushing 90* and the following week it’s in the low 20’s at night. These quick reversals in temperature don’t just mess with us, they affect our plants as well. Timing is key when temps start dropping, and switching that A/C off is important to your plants’ health and productivity. I’ll share with you some pointers that I have picked up through the … [Read more...] about Winterizing Your Grow Room
-Chris Amaya- This summer has given our houseplants a huge boost of energy, but now it's time to start getting them ready to move back inside for the winter before freezing temperatures decide their fate. Because environmental conditions differ widely between the inside and outside of a home, a gradual reintroduction to the indoors is best for your plants. Sudden changes in temperature, light, and humidity can be stressful to plants, resulting in yellowed leaves, dieback, wilting, and even … [Read more...] about Bring ’em In!
-Trish Davis- Growing mushrooms at home is easy-really! There are many ways to grow mushrooms at home, but two popular methods are the log method and the countertop method. The same cultivation guidelines and methods apply to many varieties of mushrooms, both culinary and medicinal, that are often found in the home garden or kitchen. We’ll start off with Log method. Basically, wooden logs are drilled and then plugged with mushroom spawn, which fruit into mushrooms. We stock mushroom logs … [Read more...] about It’s Surprisingly Easy to Grow Your Own Mushrooms
-Luis Guerra- Fluorescent lighting is a great choice for growing plants indoors because it has a low startup cost and can be used pretty much anywhere. Fluorescents can be used in many different applications, from keeping orchids healthy and beautiful, to germinating vegetable starts for market. Please note that not all fluorescent lighting is the same. That flickering fluorescent light at work is not the same as the T5 fixture used for horticultural lighting. T5s utilize and deliver … [Read more...] about Fluorescent Grow Lights: Versatile, Effective, and Priced Right!