Monday, May 25, 2009

Sun Speaker

Five plant system grows start to finish!
Dimensions: 20" x 54" x 12" (WxHxD)
115 CFM internal cooling fans
Can be run in room temps. up to 90°F!
Light proof and completely discrete design
Really plays music as a working speaker!
All custom machined parts
Grows over six pounds of plant matter annually!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Super Closet's the one!

Super Closet won the award for the "Best Growing Closet" last year. Check out the Side-by-Side here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Growing indoors

This is the perfect way to grow indoors and extend your growing season to all year.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

HydroHuts are very useful

Build your own garden inside the hut!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Which type of Rock Wool to choose

There are several types of Rock Wool designed for the propagation of seeds and cuttings. The best for hydroponic hobbyists is considered to be the Single Block System known as SBS.

This system consists of small individual cubes or mini blocks of Rock Wool on a small plastic tray. This makes the plants easy to handle and are ideal for selling or giving away.

Be certain to pre-treat the rock wool for 24 hours before use. Use a product that will reduce the alkaline nature of the media until it balances out at between 5.8 and 6.3.

One advantage of Rock Wool is its ability to hold enough water to last through the average period of time required for the cuttings to root. However, you will need to use a humidity dome.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gardening without soil? Is it possible?

Every child knows successful gardening requires soil, water, plants and sunlight and that if you are missing any of those ingredients; your efforts are doomed to failure.

Every child is wrong.

It may not be possible to replace all of those four options as yet, but along with artificial lighting as a replacement for the sun, soil is one more element of gardening we our learning can be successfully omitted under the right circumstances.

Yes, it is possible to grow plants without soil. It is called hydroponic gardening and although it may seem to border on science fiction, it actually works quite well and can be a great deal of fun.

Hydroponics is not a new development. It has been around since nearly the beginning of recorded history. That wonder of the ancient world known as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was an exercise in hydroponics and rice has been grown hydroponically for centuries.

Today, hydroponics is used in a variety of settings. Wherever soil is unavailable, hydroponic gardening seems to appear. Wildcatters on offshore oil rigs grow their own tomatoes. Cooks on nuclear submarines hydroponically grow vegetables to use in there crew’s meals. Right now,plants are growing on orbiting space stations without a single grain of soil.

Hydroponics may fly in the face of convention, but it does work. In some situations, it is far more practical than traditional gardening, as well,because it requires very little space and other resources and can produce such amazing results.

Hydroponic gardening is not simply something at which to marvel at from afar. It can be something you can do at home, as well. You can grow your own plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers hydroponically. Hydroponics makes for a fun challenging and ultimately very fulfilling hobby.

Not only is it possible, but also Hydroponics Gardening is fun. That’s right; I said Hydroponics Gardening is fun! At first, the thought of plants suspended in liquid, growing without soil may seem the subject matter for the latest science fiction novel, but Hydroponics Gardening is a reality and it has been around for a long, long time.Hydroponics is simple to learn and makes an excellent hobby.

For the complete book and audio on Hydroponic Gardening

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stuck with Hard Water?

Do you have no choice but to use hard water? If so, look for 'hard water' nutrients. They are formulated with fewer of the minerals, such as bicarbonates, normally found in hard water.

As mentioned in an earlier article, you want to use the best water you can obtain. But sometimes there is no avoiding tap water. If this is the case, do what you can to make the water more suitable for improved hydroponics.

Another alternative is to use quality organic mediums and 100% organic nutrients.
Remember, unlike growing in soil, there is nothing to buffer nutrients and imbalances that may be caused by hard water.

Organic products tend to allow beneficial nutrients to be delivered while holding less desirable nutrients or excess imbalances away from the plants. This will produce bigger yields that might otherwise be diminished by poor quality water.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Confused about Nutrients?

With so many different hydroponic products available, it's easy to get confused about what, when and how much. It helps if you remember that, generally speaking, there are just two types of hydroponic nutrients.

There is a 'grow mix' which is used for young plants... plants in vegetative growth... and plants which do not flower or produce blooms or fruit. Then there is a 'bloom mix' used to stimulate flowering and fruiting.

And here's an extra tip. A new advance in nutritional science eliminates concerns about
selecting and using the right products. As an extra bonus, it also eliminates the need
for measuring pH and ppm. Ask your favorite hydroponics retailer about this new feeding system.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Develope Clean Habits for Growing Hydroponics

Clean Grow Rooms invite healthy harvests. Develop the habit of giving any growing area a clean sweep with your eyes. Too often problem areas can develop unnoticed unless you take a few moments to really look for them.

Pay particular attention to severely damaged foliage and remove it immediately. Left to wither and die, these damaged leaves will attract both disease and insects. Also, during your 'clean-sweep' inspection, look for fallen leaves decaying on the base of your growing media, flood tables, floor or other places. Remember, dust, dirt and debris on the grow room floor can harbor insects and their eggs.

It takes only two or three minutes to walk around a growing area with your mind focused on dirt build-up, decaying vegetation, damaged plants and other unsanitary conditions. Cleaning them up can be done quickly. Ignoring them can cost you extra hours and money spent battling disease, insects or having to replant a crop.

You might also consider spraying a high quality pyrethrin based insecticidal spray on floor areas surrounding plants. Just keep the spray away from the plants.

By doing this, you'll be setting up a kill zone. This tends to eliminate insects before they can become a problem.