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It’s that time of year again when we bring all our beloved babies outdoors and let Mother Nature take its course and do all the hard work for us. Outdoor season is not only the easiest way to get your grow on, but also a time that brings everyone out of hiding to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. In this installment of H4H, we’ll discuss what you need for growing outdoors, how to keep pests at bay, and how to keep your garden safe and secure from wandering eyes.

 

Aphids, spider mites, powdery mildew - we all know what it's like to put in a ton of love, care, and hard work into our gardens, and then… Bam!! Those sneaky little pests show up and turn our gardens upside down. This can be especially daunting for new growers, but I’m here to set your fears aside. In this installment of Hydro 101 we’re going to look into some of the newest pest and disease remedies, and I’ll let you know which of these products works the best.

 


All growers know that high quality hydroponics nutrients give you your healthiest plants and most valuable harvests.

 

In this installment of Hydro 101 we’re going to explore some new and different growing techniques in the hydroponics world. Some are newer than others, but a lot of growers are still foreign to these techniques. As you may remember, I recommend beginners start growing in soil, but if you’re ready to make the jump to hydro, or if you’re a hydro grower already, these may be some techniques worth dipping your feet into.

 

Hey everyone, we're back with another installment of Hydro 101! In this installment we’re going to look at all the new hydro gear popping up around us, and take a closer look at what's new, what everyone's talking about as well as where to find what you want, and the key features on each product.

This week we’re discussing something often overlooked by new growers - container sizes. This is a key factor in your successful grow, but many newbies stumble along the way when learning about getting your plants into the right pots. In this edition of Hydro 101, I'll tell you how to pick out the correct container size for optimal results, and also what to expect from the container size you choose.

In this week’s edition of Hydro 101 we are going to discuss the proper way to dry and cure your finished harvest. I will also touch on the best time to harvest and enjoy the final finished product.  It's really important to take the proper steps in the curing and drying process to ensure you get a high quality product.

I’ve been in the grow business for years, and one of the questions I’m often asked is about nutrients – organic or synthetic, which is better? I think it comes down to preference, and also what medium you are using, so I usually tell my customers to do their research to decide which nutrients best suit their needs and their particular set-up or system. But I’m going to go more in depth into my thoughts on synthetic nutrients versus organic nutrients today.

Hey hydro-heads, we’re back with another edition of Hydro 101. This time around,  I'm going to teach you how to prevent molds and mildew on your indoor crop. Disease can happen to the best of us, but if you follow these three easy steps, you'll stand a fighting chance against these common little nasties.

This is a question that sparks in the minds of many growers interested in making the switch over to hydro: "What are the advantages of hydroponic growing versus growing in soil?" It’s a question commonly asked in my store, and one that has become really easy for me to answer. I'm going to simply break down the advantages of growing in a hydroponics system, so you can make the decision if it's the right fit for you as a grower.

Air movement is mandatory, especially when growing indoors. Air movement helps to provide your crop with a more natural environment, preventing higher temperatures and humidity.

Welcome to another week of Hydro 101, where indoor growing newbie’s can get a handle on the art of growing that we love so much. Something all beginner growers need to get a handle on is transplanting. If you’re growing in soil, which is the best medium for rookies to cut their teeth, you’re going to need to move your plants from one container to the next as they get bigger. You want to give your crop the chance to thrive, and avoid having them get rootbound.

We’ve covered a lot of ground here in Hydro 101 since we started. Now that you've got the best lighting, the right medium and the perfect nutrients to get you started, it's time for the fun stuff. As a woman I enjoy shopping, but there's nothing quite like going shopping for your next big crop. Whether your starting from seed or clone, you need to know what to look for in both, and most importantly what to stay away from.

Last week we ran down some good options for lighting your grow room. Beginners often underestimate how important good grow bulbs are to the health and size of your yield, so we’re laying it all out here in Hydro 101. Last week we talked about T5 and metal halide bulbs. This week, we’re exploring more options.

New growers often underestimate how important certain elements of their grow room are. They assume that with the right seeds or clones and the right nutrients that their plants will grow into moneymakers. How wrong they are. We’ve worked to dispel some of those misunderstandings here in Hydro 101, and today we’re going to continue that trend by talking about the importance of finding the right grow bulbs to light your crop all the way to harvest time.

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