Nutritious Tomatoes

Is Hydroponic Food as Nutritious?

Oscar Stephens Frequent Questions

With hydroponic growing gaining more and more popularity, people naturally have questions about how it compares to traditional growing methods using soil. For some, these questions will include ones about the nutrition levels of hydroponically grown food. So, is hydroponic food as nutritious as food grown in soil? The answer will vary based on what food is being considered and …

Kratky Hydroponic Jar

How to Set Up Kratky Hydroponics

Oscar Stephens Frequent Questions, How To

For people just getting started in the world of growing plants using a hydroponic method, the various systems and methods can create a daunting environment. That said, the Kratky method is an incredibly simple set up for the novice hydroponic grower to begin with. So, how do you set up a Kratky hydroponics system? Building a Kratky system for growing …

Hydroponics 101: How Hydroponics Works

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A vast number of people have heard the term hydroponics; they may even know it’s growing plants without soil and in water. However, there is much more to it than shoving seedlings in water. If you were to do this, they would grow for a very short period, and then keel over and die. The theory and practice in hydroponics …

How to Build a Wick System

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Hydroponic wick systems are one of the easiest hydroponic systems a grower can make and operate. Because of their simplicity, they are the cheapest to set up. These are fantastic for growers who are new to hydroponics, or for veteran growers who have spare space and wish to make full use of the area. A hydroponic wick system can comprise as …

Cleaning Hydroponic Systems

How to Clean a Hydroponic System: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Every grower knows what it means to keep their hydroponic grow room clean and tidy. Because we grow plants in sterile environments, any sign of bacteria or algae or pathogens can quickly ruin a crop of plants in a matter our hours or a few days. While these growers keep their areas as clean as possible, there are the systems …

DIY Fertilizer

DIY Hydroponic Nutrients: 6 Cheaper Homemade Recipes

Oscar Stephens How To

Any grower who either has a hydroponic system, or is considering one, will see that nutrient mixes are expensive. This leads many growers to make their own, fortunately this sounds much harder than it is in practice. Before even mixing a single drop, you will need to understand the basics of what goes into these nutrients and how each component …

How to Build a NFT System

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With the number of different hydroponic systems available for growers to purchase or build, there isn’t one that looks more elaborate or impressive as an NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system. While it seems complicated to set up, in practice it is straightforward, and it is very flexible and modular so it can be scaled up without much extra effort. While …

How to Build an Ebb and Flow Hydroponic System

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When new growers begin their journey, they often look for a system that is easy to construct, easy to maintain while still delivering high yields. While the DWC culture system can be the simplest form of the system, there is another that is a little more hands-on, but it can deliver much higher yields. This system is the Ebb and …

How to Build a Raft Hydroponic System

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There are countless ways of building hydroponic systems, and there are many growers who opt for each of the various kinds. However, some new growers look for simple systems so they can test the waters and see if hydroponics is actually for them. One system stands out. A floating raft system is simple to construct and takes minimal materials to …

Hydroponic equipment

Hydroponic Tanks: Everything you Need to Know

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Consider your hydroponics tank the heart of your system. Your water reservoir, or tank, is what holds the very thing your plants need to live: the nutrient saturated water solution. Once you start looking into hydroponic tanks more, you’ll quickly realize that they’re more complicated than simply being a tub where you hold your nutrient solution. And that can get …