The Best pH Level For Your Garden

A list of recommended pH levle for different plants in your hydroponic garden. More »

How To Clone A Plant

Simple walk through on how to clone a plant More »

How To Grow Hydroponic Lettuce

Growing hydroponic lettuce is easier than you think. More »

9 Advantages Of Hydroponic Gardening

What are the advantages of hydroponic gardening? More »

7 Steps To Starting Your Hydroponic Garden

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7 Steps To Starting Your Hydroponic Garden

7 Steps to starting a hydroponic garden

There is a little more that goes into the planning portion of your hydroponic garden compared to the traditional soil garden. A little pre planning and time spent upfront can mean less of a chance of hiccup during your grow. Here are 7 steps to getting your hydroponic garden started for the year.

How To Grow Hydroponic Lettuce

How to grow hydroponic lettuce

Lettuce is the easiest vegetable to grow hydroponically. That’s why it’s a great vegetable plant for beginners to start with and used in so many hydroponic operations. Hydroponic lettuce grows fast, doesn’t take up much space and is easy to maintain.

The Best pH Level For Your Hydroponic Garden

Best ph level for garden

It’s important to measure the pH of your hydroponic garden on a regular basis. Plants are not able to take in nutrients when your nutrient water falls out of a certain pH level. Most plants prefer a pH level that is slightly acidic, around 5.0 to 6.5. To get the most out of your plants its best to tailor the pH to the plant your growing.

How To Build A 5 Gallon Hydroponic Bucket

Deep Water culture

The 5 gallon hydroponic bucket may be the most simple hydroponic systems both to make and take care of. I like to use my 5 gallon hydroponic bucket systems for those plants that produce a lot of fruit, need a lot of water and/ or get big. I usually use hydroponic buckets when growing like tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkins, and they grow big! Why does the deep water culture hydroponics work so well? The plant roots are suspended in the nutrient rich water that is pumped full of oxygen, giving the plant what it needs. Instead of using energy to expand the root system in search of water and nutrients, the plants can instead focus all that energy on the production in growth and on its fruits.

How To Clone A Plant Using Hydroponics

How to clone a plant

Have you ever wished you could replicate that one perfect plant in your garden? Then you need to know how to clone a plant.  A plant clone is a shoot that is cut off a plant that is then used to grow a new plant. The plant clone grows with the exact same characteristics of the mother plant, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

The 3 Basics of Plant Lighting

3 Basics Of Plant Lighting

While gardening indoors brings its many advantages, it also requires finding a light source for your garden. Not all plant lighting is same, as they can come in different intensity and spectrum’s that plants need at certain stages of their growth. Here are the 3 basics of plant lighting for a hydroponic garden:

Picking A Hydroponic Reservoir

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 Finding the right hydroponic reservoir is only as hard as you make it.  You don’t have to go out and spend a bunch of money on reservoir. In fact, you may already have a few items around your house that you could make into a hydroponic reservoir.  When selecting a hydroponic reservoir you want to keep in mind how much water will be need to circulate through your entire system while leaving enough water to keep your water pump submerged. The larger the reservoir you use, the more hydroponic nutrient solution you will need to use. If you buy a reservoir built specifically for hydroponics it will probably have a drain, but it if you not I recommend adding a drain to the reservoir you want to use.

Making A Hydroponic Reservoir Drain

Hydroponic drain

There’s are a couple good reasons why it’s a good idea to make a drain for your hydroponic reservoir. Since light produces algae growth, the hydroponic reservoir should be dark so no light will penetrate through. This creates the problem of not being able to able to see the water level of the nutrient solution. You will have to open the lid to the reservoir, maybe even having to move things or shut down your system to get to it. A water level also makes for an easy was to drain your reservoir for water changes or just needing to move things around. It doesn’t take much water to make your reservoir heavier than you can lift or may want to lift.

6 Ways To Keep Your Hydroponic Nutrient Solution Cool

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The temperature of your hydroponic nutrient solution is not something that should be overlooked. Too cold and roots will not form properly, the plant will grow slow and maybe die. A hydroponic nutrient solution that is too hot does not hold the oxygen your plants need to survive. This can cause stress to your garden and could eventually result in death. The hydroponic nutrient solution should be kept between about 65 degrees and 80 degrees. So what are some ways to cool your hydroponic nutrient reservoir?

Choosing Quality Seeds for Your Hydroponic Garden

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Often times the importance of using quality seeds are overlooked when gardening. Choosing quality seed for your garden may be one of the least expensive aspects of your hydroponic garden, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Many gardeners are gardening for the enjoyment, savings, to know where their food comes from, and also it’s quality.  One of the reasons I garden using hydroculture, and just garden at home in general, is for the quality of the produce. The best part of food, of course, is the taste. To be sure I get the best out of my garden, I make sure to use quality seeds.