Hydroponics: Ebb and Flow, Flood and Drain (3 of 5)

The ebb and flow system is pretty self explanatory. This is however more for intermediate gardeners as it requires more materials and know how than some of the other systems which we have previously looked at. There plants are held in a tray in soilless growing mediums above a reservoir. The reservoir is equipped with a water pump that has a timer, this allows the…

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Hydroponics: Water Culture (2 of 5)

This method of cultivation is simple to understand and operate. It is often used to grow cannabis indoors but can work well with almost all other plants. The plants actually float on the water and the roots are suspended directly into the nutrient-filled water solution. The roots remain submerged at all times and the air and oxygen they need to thrive are obtained by air…

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Hydroponics: The Wick System (1 of 5)

If you’re an avid urban gardener with limited space then you have no doubt tried a variety of things to get the most out of your patch. Regardless of what you are growing hydroponic systems are beneficial in a number of ways. For more on this check out my other article on Soil Vs. Hydroponics. If you’re not sure about starting a hydroponic system then…

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Hydroponics vs. Soil

Since the dawn of time soil has been used to grow plants. However, we now know that the only elements technically required for plants to thrive are water, nutrients, light and the correct atmosphere. The soil has been made redundant in recent times but how does this affect plant growth? The truth is that we really just don’t know. Soil and growing are complex and…

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Herb Germination Guide

Ocimum Basilicum – Basil. Basil leaves have a warm and spicy flavor. Basil is popularly known as sweet basil and it is a bushy plant with white flowers. Basil is usually used in soups, sauces and salads and is one of the best herbs to cook with. In fact, basil pesto is a versatile sauce that you can use in pasta, salads, sandwiches and pretty…

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The Asparagus Fern – Care and Maintenance

As the last vestiges of winter recede back behind the hills I was researching indoor plants that can also function as balcony or terrace plants in warmer weather. I came across the Asparagus fern. This is such a delicate and elegant plant I wanted to share some great images and care tips here with you. There are many different varieties of the asparagus fern which…

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How to make your Marijuana Plants thrive indoors

Before we get started I have to say it. Marijuana is a dangerous and largely illegal plant. Check with your local authorities before engaging with this freak of nature. To successfully raise healthy marijuana plants there are four main aspects to consider: Water Light Nutrients Neutral pH of 7 Without these four things it is impossible for your plant to flourish and grow. Bear in…

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Small Space Gardening: The only 4 Ideas you need to know

Small Space gardening, container gardening or whatever you want to call it comes with many benefits. It is space saving, it’s manageable, it’s low maintenance and you can incorporate it into your living space. The last point is my favorite. It is not a garden as such but a part of your apartment or living space. I have pots in my kitchen but also planters…

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Balcony Basics: The Hydrangea

So Spring is slowly creeping into Europe and America. The days are getting longer, the air warmer, the sun stronger and people are venturing out of their winter routines. This is an incredible time of year that I wouldn’t miss for the world. That being said, for many it is time to get the balcony/terrace/garden ready for the next few months. For some this means…

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