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General Seed Starting Tips

Seed Starting

Believe it or not, the time to start preparing your veggie garden is sooner than you think! While you won’t be moving many plants outside until the weather turns in May, it’s easy to get a head start with seeds from Botanical Interests and Burpee! Our selection includes several types of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, green…

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Hydroponic Lighting Options

(HID) Metal Halide Metal Halide lamps are the best single source of artificial light for indoor gardening. Their light spectrum is very similar to the tropical sun, containing the important blue and red wavelengths needed for rapid vegetative growth. Metal Halide lamps will do a great job of growing your plants in every phase, seedling…

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Hydroponics Nutrients and Fertilizer

Nutrients and fertilizer are just as important in hydroponics as they are in traditional media. They are broken down into three categories: macronutrients, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients. Macronutrients Macronutrients are elements that plants use a lot of the grow. The most prominent macronutrients are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. When considering fertilizer, you should check the…

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Types of Growing Media

Coconut Coir Coconut Coir, or coco coir, is a very popular growing medium for hydroponics users. It is made from the middle layer of a coconut, the part just beneath the outer layer and outside the interior shell. Perhaps the best advantage of coconut coir is its cost efficiency and quality. Coconut Coir has a…

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Types of Hydroponic Systems

What is a Passive System? Passive systems use a capillary or wick system to deliver nutrients directly to a plant’s roots. This means that nutrients are absorbed by the growing medium or a wick and passed to the plant’s roots. Passive systems are incredibly simple; they don’t even require electricity to function. They do. however,…

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