-Chris Amaya- Hydroponic systems come in all shapes and sizes, but the few things they have in common tend to be the most important. Deep water culture in 3-5 gallon buckets generally proves to be the most exciting method for new hydroponic gardeners because it is easy to maintain and easy on the wallet. This will be a quick and easy rundown of how you can get started growing inside today! Before I talk equipment, it is important to think about location of your set up. First, you’ll … [Read more...] about Bucket Gardening!
-Mike Weeks- Lighting is one of the most important components of an indoor gardening set-up, and in today’s competitive and somewhat flooded market, making the right choice for your garden can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately, we know the right questions to ask to help you make an informed decision. We often recommend LED to growers that want a low profile set-up. LED’s generate less heat and draw less power so they are easy to fit into smaller spaces with very little ventilation … [Read more...] about AgroLED Dio-Watt Review
An enormous amount of growth has occurred since my last update on the hydroponic sweet basil. As full as the tray is getting, it's safe to say that our project nears its conclusion! As is evident in this photograph, our objective- hydroponically growing basil from seed- was a success. I plan to 'top' the plants one more time to remove any flowers or buds that have begun to form as the basil bolts (i.e. the transition from the vegetative, to the generative or reproductive phase which we … [Read more...] about Basil Grow Journal Week 10 (4/16-4/23)
I skipped a week as I wanted to keep Anna Haupt's excellent seed starting post featured on the front page and there wasn't a ton to report last week... In any case, the seedlings seem to be doing really well. In proportion to the height of the plants, the leaves are huge! There is also lots of side branching going on. All the better for vigorous photosynthesis to put on lots of harvestable vegetative growth. The reservoir is reading 300 PPM and about pH 5.8. I will probably go ahead and … [Read more...] about Basil Grow Journal Week 5 (3/7-3/14)
This was a week of establishment for the basil sprouts. Most notable was the development of the first set of 'true' leaves. These 'true' leaves are prominent on every sprout with a second set clearly on the way so it appears that things are going well. The basil sprouts are not burning under the 1000-watt MH bulb (due to it being elevated several feet above the tray) and they appear verdant and turgid. Given their health, I very gradually increased nutrient levels. I continued to use … [Read more...] about Basil Grow Journal week 3 (2/20-2/27)
If you missed last week's inaugural basil grow journal post, it can be found by following this link. This week, I planted the starter plugs in Hydro Korrels, the analogue of the now defunct Hydroton expanded clay balls. I chose this medium for its excellent capillary action, its low bulk density (relative heaviness) and its high porosity for air and nutrient solution holding purposes. The basil seedlings are fed nutrients via a top drip system that is connected to a pump on a timer. The … [Read more...] about Hydroponic Basil Grow Journal Week 2 (2/12-2/19)