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Hey growers, the last time I wrote about outdoor growing I advised you to get ready for your high-yielding outdoor season by starting hydroponics plants indoors at least one month before it’s weather-safe to move them outdoors. Outdoor hydroponics growing becomes a reality when you’re transplanting hydroponics plants outdoors, but you don’t do that until all danger of frost and snow has passed.

I remember when I was younger and the world was a sweeter place, every spring the robins would flock onto our lawn and eat mega-poundage of earthworms. The climate here has changed; drought and polluted water killed all the earthworms. But gardeners who want healthy, living soil are getting into making compost with earthworms and vermiculture.

Hydroponics lighting systems have long relied on HPS, MH and LED lighting, with LED being the newcomer hydroponics lighting technology. HPS and MH lighting are generically grouped as HID (high intensity discharge), and they definitely put out high intensity light, along with brutal amounts of heat. Hydroponics LED lighting is controversial, with many growers complaining that LED still doesn’t generate enough light intensity. Now there’s a new hydroponics lighting technology that takes hydroponics lighting systems beyond MH, HPS and LED. It’s called plasma lighting...

In the hydroponics vs. soil mix debate, growers rely mostly on personal experience with sterile root zone media and plants fed with hydroponics nutrients compared to plants grown in rich soil and provided only water. They use hydroponics, or soil mix, but not both. I propose that you can have the best of both worlds: a soil mix that provides naturally-derived nutritional support for your plants while also giving you the proven advantages of using hydroponics nutrients.

The last time we talked about hydroponics soil mixes and hydroponics soil nutrients, we discussed the differing opinions people have about using soil mixes and hydroponics nutrients together. We also looked at the fact that some soil growers believe that soil mixes produce tastier, kinder flowers than hydroponics nutrients and sterile root zone media. I shared my experience on this topic, which is that properly grown and flushed hydroponics sterile media crops seem to taste and smell just as good as crops grown in rich soil without hydroponics nutrients. I also noted that healthy hydroponics root zones are important for nutrients uptake and plant performance.

How you choose hydroponics retail stores is absolutely crucial to your maximum yield success in your urban garden. Whether the hydroponics retail stores are  online or in a physical location, who you get your hydroponics gear from can make all the difference for you. Indeed, the quality, price and selection of hydroponics nutrients, hydroponics equipment and hydroponics supplies at hydroponics retail stores can provide you all the tools you need to ensure success in your urban garden, or they can limit your success and make life a lot harder for you.

Hydroponics indoor gardeners have a few enemies to worry about, and one of the most disgusting of these enemies is Botrytis Cinerea, otherwise known as gray mold. Interesting to note that this “mold” is caused by a fungus. But whatever you call it, the sight of your beautiful flowers rotting from inside is one of the truly horrific nightmares that I hope you never experience as a hydroponics grower. How can you make sure to be stopping gray mold before it starts, and what can you do if it shows up in your hydroponics grow room?

There are two basic types of indoor hydroponics gardening grow room. One of them is open to the world because it draws air from outside the grow room and removes air from inside the grow room in a circular venting and intake exchange. The other type of hydroponics grow room is a sealed room that does not exchange air with outside the grow room. A sealed grow room gives you the opportunity to engage in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Using CEA, you block out plant pests and diseases, maximize your C02 levels, and provide ideal temperature and humidity conditions for your hydroponics plants. In almost all cases, you get more yield per watt, and less risk to plants, using CEA. So what goes into building a hydroponics gardening sealed grow room? Here are the basic steps:

In most parts of North America we’ve experienced colder than normal temperatures and are worried about a late spring. Of course, hydroponics indoor growers aren’t ruled by outdoor weather, but if you’re a hydroponics grower who wants to do an outdoor season this year, it’s time to start planning. Here’s what I mean…

Many of us grow our hydroponics plants in a neutral substrate like rockwool or coco coir, or we grow in systems that lack substrate- such as aeroponics and NFT.  But a sizable percentage of hydroponics growers use soil mixes. What is a soil mix? It’s “natural” soil that often has added materials such as perlite, vermiculite, granular fertilizers, earthworm castings, etc. If you’re a hydroponics grower who has never grown in a soil mix, you might be wondering why anyone would…

When hydroponics growers think of colorful, valuable flowers, they aren’t always thinking of orchids. But orchids are a high-value plant that’s gaining ground as a hydroponics specialty. There are many reasons for their increasing popularity. They come in an extraordinary variety of sizes, colors, shapes, habits, and fragrances. There are as of now 30,000 pure orchid species and thousands more hybrids. Some of these are likely to grow well in your home or hydroponics grow room or other parts of your home using hydroponics techniques.

Hydroponics growers aren’t the only people concerned about privacy, confidentiality and the right to be left alone, but discrimination against hydroponics has made hydroponics growers especially alert to threats against their security and privacy. At the same time, most of us are fully immersed in the world of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Blackberry, I-phone and other communications electronics. Can your hydroponics world fit with this electrocommunications world so you still have your security and privacy? Let’s look at the situation…

Every hydroponics gardener loves girls in all their glory. Firm, ripe, full of goo, tasty, fun to put your nose in, better to put in your mouth. And here we are coming up on Valentine’s Day…the one and only holiday that celebrates the passion we feel for our beloved hydroponics girls. I’d guess you’re buying chocolates, perfumes, lingerie, diamonds, gold, wine, caviar and champagne for the human girls in your life, but what Valentine’s Day gifts are you getting your hydroponics plants? Let’s take a look at what you can do to make this Valentine’s Day a lovely date for the hydroponics girls who give you so much heady pleasure…

Myles Lewis is part of a new generation of hydroponics plant scientists who test materials and processes to determine the best strategies for faster growth and bigger yields. He has an Applied Biosciences graduate degree from the University of Arizona, has taught hydroponics classes in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and other hydroponics topics, and is founder of a plant science and agricultural company called Verdant Earth Technologies. He’s based in Tucson, Arizona. Myles recently completed a test that compared the Jiffy Preforma rooting cubes with Grodan rockwool cubes. As you may be aware, Jiffy Preforma is fast becoming the preferred hydroponics media used for seedlings and clones. When you read what Myles has to say, you’ll see why…

I visited a hydroponics grow room the other day. The grower is a very smart guy who lives for his hydroponics plants. He spends all his time reading Rosebud, hydroponics books and cultivation forums, and trying out new gardening techniques genetics and hydroponics supplies.

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