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Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening Simple Gardening

Hydroponic Gardening was derived from the Greek word hydro. Which means “water” and ponic, which means “labor or water-working”. Hydroponic gardening involves growing plants with roots in other fertilizer solutions and without soil.

Hydroponics gardening is as simple as ordinary gardening. Both of them need sufficient light, water, temperature and humidity. But with hydroponic gardening, no soil is used. Instead a soil substitute holds the roots while nutrients are carried by the water. Indoor hydroponic gardening is not that hard and plants respond well to this method of growing.

This is one of the major things to consider in hydroponics gardening because it sustains the plants. You have to make sure that this nutrient solution stays at a pH level of 5 to 6 after diluted. The plants should be watered more than three times a day. This is usually done using a pump and timer. The plants in this picture were started hydoponically. And then moved into pots with soil for sale.

Indoor Hydroponic Gardening

If your hydroponic garden is indoors, the best temperature is between 71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature may change depending on the different types of plant you are working with.

Place your plants somewhere they can receive enough light. Otherwise artificial light must be used. High sodium lights or bulbs are a suitable fix for natural light.

Humidity is good. When the room’s temperature rises, the air will hold the amount of moisture your plants will need.

Hydroponics Gardening Fully Automated

A hydroponic gardening system can be fully automated. Since it is water-based, the gardener has no soil to dig or weeds to pull. Also, the water can be re-used to prevent wastage.

With hydroponics, an excellent yield of quality plants can be achieved. Home hydroponic gardening systems and DIY kits are  available in most hardware stores. Growing hydroponically has its benefits. You can grow a fairly large yield in a very limited amount of space. Which is a big deal when growing indoors. Here is a link to my new Amazon Store  www.amazon.com/shops/A13JAQNPXDNX

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By Jeff Gabelman

Tips For Indoor Gardeners

Here are some  tips for indoor gardeners. While all plants are quite apt to prosper indoors, they do need more or less the same conditions to grow as outdoor plants do. These conditions are a good supply of fresh air, proper sunlight, water and nutrients such as plant food commonly known as ‘fertilizer’. We will include here a few tips that are sure to make your indoor plants grow healthier and add beauty to your surroundings.

Ever notice how plants will face the source of sunlight? This is because the sun is the main source of their nutrition. Plant leaves change water and nutrition from the soil to food through a process called ‘photosynthesis’. A plant must get light to get photosynthesis. The soil and water will take care of the rest.

A couple of hours of sunlight is a must for your indoor plants. If you do not have a place where you can have adequate sunlight, and cannot move the plants you should consider purchasing a couple of indoor gardening lights. Ordinary lights will not do.

Indoor gardening lights provide enough of ultraviolet light to nourish the plants. Provide adequate water to your plants. Your indoor plants need ‘room temperature’ water to survive. Do not over water the plants, most plants die due to a lack of water or a surplus of it than they do of any other reason.

Follow a rule of thumb, like you test a cake you should pierce a knitting needle into a plant container. If the needle goes in with ease the soil is just the right dampness, if not increase the quantity of water a bit.

Fertilizers are also important, once a fortnight add a scoop of indoor plant fertilizer to your plant pot. Used tealeaves are also a very good supply of nutrition to your plant. Follow these simple tricks and you will see your indoor garden prospering very soon.

Never too Late to Plant Bamboo

It’s never too late to plant bamboo. I have planted bamboo every month out of the year. Bamboo is the greatest plant on the planet today. It has more uses than any other plant alive today. Plus it produces more oxygen than trees and many other plants. Its great for the environment and has thousands of uses for things at home. Stays beautiful in the winter and holds its green leaves  even after ice storms. Its the most incredible plant I’ve ever grown.  Did you know that you can cut 1/3 of your grove every year and not hurt the health of the grove. My biggest bamboo is Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove I have one shoot that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. It will probably be at least 3o ft tall. Hardy to -15 degrees f., my yellow groove never disappoints. Very strong wood crooked canes and yellow stripes on green canes. Beautiful, just beautiful. It forms a nice bamboo grove. There are many different species of bamboo. Some are hardy some are not. If you’re thinking about planting bamboo be sure to check your zone restrictions and get a bamboo plant that is hardy to your zone or you will be highly disappointed the following year, when you find your bamboo dead. If your bamboo is hardy to your area many times it will hold it’s green leaves all winter long, which in the winter is a beautiful sight to see. There are many different species that are hardy to many different zones. Even though you can plant bamboo in any month of the year I wouldn’t necessarily recommend planting it in the frozen ground. It may be ok to do this but the plant may suffer severe transplant shock and take a long time to recover. The only reason I did it was because I was under a time limit to get it out or  they were going to bulldoze it. But it took a couple of years for it to bounce back.

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