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Vegetable Gardening - High Quality Produce at Home, Part One

Words and photographs by Erin Lowe, Hydrofarm's Southwest Sales Manager and Garden Guru Part One of Two Gardening is a practice almost as old as the human race, and recently more and more people are finding that growing food is a fun way to save money and eat well. I’ve grown up knowing this! My grandparents on both sides came from the Appalachians. In that area and in their time period, growing food and raising livestock was necessary for survival. I was fortunate enough to learn ...

From Smart Pots to Tater Tots: Growing Potatoes Hydroponically

By Hydrofarm's Peyam Barghassa Growing potatoes hydroponically is easier than you might think, and a lot cleaner than growing them in soil! I used a large Smart Pot filled with Grodan Absorbent Granulate. I soaked the Grodan in pH 5.5 water and let it drain. Then soaked it once more in pH 5.5 water with some veg nutrient. I filled the Smart Pot about ¾ of the way full. Then I placed the germinating potato pieces on the granulate. I then filled the Smart Pot the rest of the way with ...

Mighty Mycorrhizae

By E. Vinje, esteemed guest blogger from Planet Natural in Bozeman, Montana One of the great things about gardening — in addition to creating beautiful landscapes and delicious, healthy food — is its educational opportunities. Your friendly Planet Natural blogger has gardened on and off since my childhood some (garbled) years ago and I learn something new almost every time I pick up a how-to book, talk to a companion gardener, or get my hands in the dirt. Best are the things ...

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love My Drip System

By Jennifer Ruisch   Drip systems can be a garden godsend, or simply sabotage, depending on many things.  Not the least of which is the quality and scope of your setup. There are lots of pros and cons to drip systems. Some people swear by them, a few swear at them; the occasional drip disaster tale does make its way to my ears. Like my friend who used a bucket drip system to keep her house plants watered when she left the country, only to come home and find a big puddle on her ...

A Blog We Like

Check out our friend Everest's blog at JUST4GROWERS as he unlocks the secrets of successfully growing cilantro indoors under T5 fluorescents.    

How to Grow Microgreens for Profit in 8 Easy Steps

(or how to make some green from microgreens) From our overseas friends at Soilless Magazine    If you have managed to review the March issue of Soilless Magazine you are already aware with the fact that the microgreens are not just a great business opportunity, but also possess very high nutritional value and are quite easy to grow. Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to grow these amazing, tender, flavorful, and full of nutrients plants. First of all, you should ...

Old Seed? Or New?

By E. Vinje, our esteemed guest blogger from Planet Natural in Bozeman, Montana   How long seeds last depends on the type of seed and the conditions in which they're stored. Your thrifty Planet Natural blogger has had good luck storing leftover seed (PDF) he’s purchased from year to year … except when he didn’t. Not too many years ago, we stocked up on spinach seed for all the repeated planting we’d planned. There was plenty left over — that summer was cool and damp, so our ...

The Mean Green

By Jennifer Ruisch Green film ruining your day? I’ve been there. What’s that? Not the first time? This has been going on for a while, you say? You should probably get that checked out. The benefits of keeping a hydro system far outweigh the risks, if you ask me. But there are some unique challenges that come with keeping an aquatic environment in your home. There’s the ever-present danger of leaks. There’s also the danger of your dog trying to drink out of your flood table. Better ...

Growing Fodder for Backyard Chickens Hydroponically

By Peyam Barghassa, Hydrofarm Territory Manager, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic  Raising backyard chickens is growing in popularity, not only for the fun they bring to a family, but also for the added health benefits of fresh eggs. The eggs from chickens raised at home are higher in Omega 3’s than most factory produced eggs because they get to eat a rich diet of greens and bugs, as well as grains. During most of the year, chickens can be let out of the pen to scavenge for greens. However, ...

5 Easy Edibles to Grow Indoors

By guest blogger and vegetable gardener  Mackenzie Kupfer Mackenzie gardens to her heart's content in Boise, ID. Having recently earned a bachelor's degree in zoology, she plans to be a lifelong student of the earth, and loves to share her passion for nature through her writing.  Growing your own herbs and veggies indoors is fun and easy – anybody can do it.  These are great to bring a bit of fresh-from-the garden flavor into your life any time of year. As the weather graciously ...

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