The Best pH Level For Your Garden

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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

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7 Steps To Starting Your Hydroponic Garden

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How To Use A Seedling Heat Mat For Germination & Cloning

Warmth is a requirement when it comes to germinating seeds. When gardening indoors or out of season, it is often outside of the desired temperature range needed to start the germination process. Using a seedling heat mat, you can replicate the warming of spring that sends seeds popping to the sky.

What Is A Seedling Heat Mat?

A seedling heat mat is an electric mat that is[...]

Hydroton Expanded Clay Pebbles

hydroton expanded clay

What Are Hydroton Expanded Clay Pebbles?

Hydroton is a brand name that is interchangeably used with expanded clay and clay pebbles. It’s one of the most popular grow mediums used by hydroponic gardeners. Hydroton expanded clay pebbles come from mined clay that is heated in a kiln to over 2000 degrees. This causes the material to expand like popcorn making it light and porous.  Hydroton[...]

Cut And Come Again Hydroponic Lettuce Harvesting

Cut And Come Again Hydroponic Lettuce Harvesting

When it comes to harvesting lettuce, there are a few different methods you can use. One of the more popular methods of harvesting lettuce for the at home hydroponic gardener is the cut and come again method.

About The Cut And Come Again Method

Instead of harvesting the whole plant, larger leaves of the lettuce are harvested while the smaller leaves are allowed to grow longer. The[...]

Gray Mold (Botrytis) In Your Hydroponic Garden

Gray mold in a hydroponic garden

Gray mold, also known as Botrytis, is a fungus that affects many varieties of plants. It can affect any part of a plant. Gray mold spreads quickly and often results in the loss of the plant. It is a white to gray growth that eventually turns the affected area brown.

How Does Gray Mold Start?

Gray mold produces spores that are disbursed by water or through the air. To[...]

9 Advantages Of Hydroponic Gardening

 advantages of hydroponic gardening

Ability To Garden  in Urban Areas, One Of The Greatest Advantages of Hydroponic Gardening

Over 3 billion people in the world live in cities. The need for homes, businesses, and infrastructure dominates, leaving little to no space for traditional gardens. You can pretty much put a hydroponic system anywhere. Hydroponics doesn’t require soil, so you can grow plants where you normally could not, like inside your apartment or on top[...]

3 Basics Of Hydroponic Algae Growth

hydroponic algae growth

Algae growth is actually made up of several different types of plant-like organisms.  Since there are many different types of algae growth, its appearance in your hydroponic system can take a few different forms. Algae may be slimy, bubbly, fury or stringy and may appear as different colors including green, brown, red, and black. Since algae[...]

How To Start A Hydroponic Garden In 7 Steps

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 up front can mean less of a chance of hiccup during your grow. Here’s how to start a hydroponic garden in 7 steps.

1. Decide What To Grow

The first thing you should do when starting a hydroponic garden[...]

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.

How To Germinate Hydroponic Lettuce Seeds

I prefer to start seeds in rapid rooter. It’s best to sow a few seeds[...]

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.

Recommended Ph Level By Plant

Fruit Crop pH Vegetable Crop pH
Apple 5.0-6.5 Asparagus 6.0-7.0
Banana 5.5-6.5 Basil 5.5-6.5
Blackberry 5.5-6.5 Beans 6
Blueberry 4.0-5.0 Broccoli 6.0-6.5
Cantaloupe 6 Cabbage 6.5-7.0
Cherry 6.0-7.5 Carrots 6.3
Grape 6.0-7.5 Cauliflower 6.0-7.0
Mango 5.5-6.5 Celery 6.5
Melon 5.5-6.0 Chives 6.0-7.0
Peach 6.0-7.5 Cucumber 5.5-6.0
Pineapple 5.5-6.0 Eggplant 5.5-6.5
Plum 6.0-7.5 Fodder 6
Raspberries 5.8-6.5 Garlic 6
Strawberries 5.5-6.5 Kale 6.0-7.5
Watermelon 5.5-6.0 Lettuce 5.5-6.5
Mint 7.0-8.0
Onions 6.0-6.7
Pea 6.0-7.0
Peppermint 6.0-7.5
Peppers 5.5-6.5
Potato 5.0-6.0
Pumpkin 5.5-7.5
Spinach 5.5-6.6
Squash 5.0-6.5
Tomato 5.5-6.5
Zucchini  6.0

If[...]

How To Build A 5 Gallon Hydroponic Bucket

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[...]