Category - Growing Tips for Beginners

What is Organic Gardening?

We’ve all heard about organic gardening and the crops it produces such as organic vegetables and fruit. We’re told that it is more natural and healthier for us to eat as much of our food that has been grown organically as possible. But what exactly is organic gardening? What does “Organic” mean? Before we go any ...

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Light Height – How low can you go?

“How high should my light be above my plants?” is a very common question that we get in the shop. It depends a lot on the type of light that you are using. An array of fluorescent tubes or a CFL should only be about 6 inches or so above the tops of the plants. ...

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Keeping your grow going sweetly during cold weather

Plants and air temperature Plants like their air to be kept reasonably temperate. As the colder weather begins to draw in, it can be difficult to keep the air around your plants in the sweet-spot of 23C – 28C (28C being the absolute maximum temp you ever want at the tips of the plant without ...

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Hydroponics vs Pot Culture

Hydroponics vs Pot Culture One of the first things that a grower new to the whole indoor gardening scene, or looking into starting, always needs to decide is whether to go with pot-culture or to go with a hydroponics set-up. Pot culture involves growing plants in normal plant-pots and involves manual hand-watering. This type of ...

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Avoid the top 10 mistakes that growers make!

Learning to grow Ok, no one is going to dispute this. Learning to grow has a very steep initial learning curve. There’s all sorts of things that a newbie needs to learn during his/her first grow. Here is a list of the top 10 most common mistakes that we find that new growers will make. ...

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pH Control in Hydroponics

Following on from our article about controlling nutrient solution strength in your hydroponics system, this part will deal with the other main aspect of nutrient solution creation and maintenance i.e. pH. pH is simply the measurement of how acidic or how alkaline a liquid is. A pH below 7 is an acid. A pH above ...

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Control of nutrient strength levels in hydroponics

Nutrient Strength: How to make sure your plants get exactly the right amount of feed! Growing in hydroponics generally involves the use of a reservoir of water into which plant food has been added. The water is then fed periodically or constantly to the plants and then returned to the reservoir to be reused or ...

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Starting Out in Hydroponics

Starting Out in Hydroponics Beginning any new hobby involves steep learning curves and periods of trial and error and the same is certainly true of hydroponics. If you’re thinking about dipping your toe in the water and seeing if hydroponics is for you then you’ll need two important things:   1)    The Equipment – A ...

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Garden Space

Every new gardener must decide exactly how much space he is willing to dedicate to his new hobby or business. Some gardeners will have vast amounts of space that they are planning to use to create extra income. Others will have much less available space, perhaps only a few square feet, which they must decide ...

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Warm Weather and choosing an Extraction System

Without a doubt, an effective extraction system is one of the most important components of an indoor garden. CO2 Plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the surrounding air and then use it in the process of photosynthesis. When the levels of carbon dioxide in the surrounding air begin to drop, so does the rate of ...

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