The art and science ( and FUN) of Hydroponics RSS

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There are endless possibilities when it comes to Hydroponic growing solution.  Whether you purchase nutrients from a Hydroponic store, use a traditional soil fertilizer or make your own there are some universal things to know   There are two kinds of nutrients that your plants need: macro and micronutrients. Macronutrients are those that plants need in large amounts, including carbon, phosphorous, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Micronutrients are needed in tiny amounts but are essential. These include zinc, nickel, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, boron, and chlorine. There are some great hydroponic specific grow solutions on the market....

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So it is Spring and you are facing the decision of not only what kinds of vegetables you want but also what kind of seeds.  It can be confusing and a bit overwhelming  Let break it down. GMO seeds are Genetically modified organisms.  That is seeds that have been created by scientists in a lab using genetic engineering techniques.  These type of seeds ( and foods) are becoming more controversial.  There are compelling arguments on both sides.  I will leave that for another day.   For now we are just discussing what the term means.  Scientists in a lab are...

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Hydroponic growing mediums have; support the main stem, helps or does not hinder the root system from getting water, nutrients and air. Most anything that does that can make a good medium.  The most traditional and often used in Hydroponics are: Rock wool   Rock Wool is made from rock that is heated, spun ....like cotton candy...into strands then formed into cubes Used in a net cup to support the plant in most systems.  Not useful in flood systems since the rockwool tends to retain too much water It is easy to use for starting seeds.  When the tap root...

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Dutch buckets are a great way to grow large vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, any kind of squash etc. Dutch buckets systems are very similar to a traditional drip irrigation system used by most nurseries.  The big difference is the with traditional systems the water/nutrients drip into a soil pot. Anything that is not used by the plant is then lost into the ground in a Dutch bucket or hydroponic drip system all the unused water/nutrients flows through the grow medium back into the water/nutrient reservoir to then be reused This reusing, no waste, aspect is one reason Hydroponic growing...

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The Nutrient film technique or Nutrient film system is the most widely used systems.  These systems are perfect for growing all greens, herbs and smaller vegetables and fruits like peppers and strawberries  Commercial farms are have been using NFT systems to produce an ever increasing percentage of the world’s food needs. More and more indoor farms have been opening across the country NFT systems are also widely used in home gardens both by do it yourself and systems available thru retail so what is NFT Hydroponics? In all versions of this technology the plant is grown in net cups which...

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