Chelation: the interaction between a metal ion and a chelating agent. Chelating Agent: Chemicals that form soluble, complex molecules with certain metal ions, inactivating the ions so that they cannot normally react with other elements or ions. Now that we've gotten the definitions out of the way, here's a quick explainer on why understanding chelation (key-LAY-shun) is vital for hydroponics gardening: The nutrients you mix up to form solutions in water are charged metal ions. … [Read more...] about Chelation: Crucial for hydroponic gardening
Winter Wonderland my A..
A harsh winter can spell mental doom for the avid gardener. A potent cocktail of cabin fever, kerosene fumes, and clothing with more layers than a decadent sundae can unravel the nerves. Snow loses its sled worthy status. It's once regal standing bumped down to mere eye irritant. How does one avoid these occasional lapses with sanity? And how can one deter from pining for the once abundant raised bed that presently looks like a tomb? Fortunately, a garden can be a 12 month hobby even … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland my A..
Fall 2.0: Not Just For Pumpkins Anymore
A seasonal stereotype festers every time fall begins its crisp dance of falling leaves. Summer persuades most minds that it is the only season for growing. It's hard not to blame anyone for the thought. A feast of red ripe tomatoes, glistening cukes, and the age old implementation of the three sisters adorn the summer plot. However, once the wind alerts the nose that humidity must exit, most growers pack it up until next spring.The other problem that attaches is that alot of fall seeds must … [Read more...] about Fall 2.0: Not Just For Pumpkins Anymore
Friday Favorites: Nature’s Nog
The great duos of our society--Peanut Butter and Jelly, Burger and Fries, Hall and Oates--will always be a part of our everyday pleasure. Sure, they're good apart, but once united, the impact is exponentially infinite. In the growing world, a duos' impact can turn a meek plot into a thriving garden. One of the best combinations for this transformation is the union of humate and seaweed extracts, more specifically found in Nature's Nog. This organic growth stimulant was developed by Dr. T.L. … [Read more...] about Friday Favorites: Nature’s Nog
Friday Favorites: General Organics Line
Friday seems to be a good time to disregard the morals set in stone Monday-Thursday (although Thursday is a cheat for many). Before the fun begins, we here at Fifth Season like to start the weekend by saluting products that make the store, our clientele, and us happy. Each week, we'll feature an item we feel enhances the gardening experience. General Organics Fertilizer Line General Hydroponics, a thirty year company on the cutting edge of the hydroponic industry, recently decided to … [Read more...] about Friday Favorites: General Organics Line