Does someone on your Holiday shopping list have a green thumb? With the Holiday shopping season upon us, take a look at stocking stuffers, unique presents and gift ideas the grower in your life will love!
The Harvester’s Edge Micropore Bags and Kits are perfect for the cold water extraction of essential oils. Bags are color-coded and labeled for easy setup. Drawstrings keep bags in place and lined canvas makes cleanup a breeze. Rugged construction with waterproof double stitching promotes years of use.
Hydroponics for Everybody
The richly illustrated “Hydroponics for Everybody“ will increase indoor harvests to levels never thought possible. From amateur gardening to high-tech grow rooms, this book offers everything about the art of hydroponics. From the ABCs to the most guarded secrets this is the go-to book for any hydroponics question. The author, William Texier, is an innovator in the hydroponics industry. He currently manages research and development at General Hydroponics in Europe with a team of researchers from the University of California. With 30 years in the field, he’s considered one of the most knowledgeable hydroponics experts worldwide.
Violiv Glass Jars
Violiv Glass Jars allow growers to attractively and discreetly bathe herbs, seeds and other botanicals in beneficial UVA, far infrared and violet rays, while simultaneously protecting the contents from destructive lights. The width and shallow depth of the openings of the Super Wide series enable easier pouring of contents. Light blocking screw-on caps help keep contents fresh and secure. Violiv jars offer unique possibilities for home, pantry and apothecary use.
EarthBox Junior Garden Kit Green
The Gardener on your Holiday list will enjoy the fruitfulness of the EarthBox Junior Garden Kit. This maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and is the perfect size for a kitchen herb garden or window flower box. The kit includes an EarthBox Junior container with integrated overflow hole, aeration screen, fill tube, two reversible mulch covers, overflow saucer, 8 ounces of dolomite and 8 ounces of fertilizer. Gardeners just supply soil, plants and water.
Worms Way Gift Card
Give a better harvest to the hydroponic or organic gardener in your life! With a Worm’s Way Gift Card, your favorite gardener can finally upgrade their grow room with the latest gadget, or maybe they could use a hand with everyday purchases such as nutrients and media. No matter what they choose to spend it on, they’ll love how your gift helps their garden grow. Worm’s Way Gift Cards may be used online at wormsway.com or at any Worm’s Way location
Did you know that the pH in your hydroponic system is just as important as your nutrients? Your pH and nutrients go hand-in-hand in your plants’ development. Follow these simple tips for pH success in your indoor garden.
If the pH of your hydroponic nutrient solution is too high or too low, certain elements will become unavailable to your plants.
The pH in your hydroponic nutrient solution plays a part in your plants’ ability to absorb nutrients essential to their successful growth. Because plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in large amounts, these elements are known as primary macronutrients. Plants need smaller amounts of the secondary macronutrients -sulfur, calcium and magnesium. Iron, manganese, zinc, copper, chlorine, boron and molybdenum are still essential for growth but are required in even smaller amounts. They are often referred to as micronutrients or trace elements. Each of these macro- and micronutrients serves specific purposes for our plants. If pH levels climb too high or fall too low, some nutrients become available to your plants at toxic levels while others become completely unavailable.
Ranging from zero (acid) to 14 (base), the pH scale is used to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Most plants are happy between 5.5 and 6.8 pH.
Plants growing in hydroponics solutions that are either too acidic or too basic have trouble absorbing what they need for steady growth. A pH of seven is considered neutral, and, for optimal nutrient uptake, the pH of your nutrient solution should be between 5.5 and 6.8 depending on the types of plants you will be growing.
Every full point change along the pH scale represents an increase or decrease in acidity or alkalinity by a factor of 10. For instance, a solution with a pH of five is 10 times more acid than one with a pH of six. If you were to step down to a pH of four, the solution would be 100 times more acid than a solution measuring pH 6.
If left unchecked and untreated, deficiencies can occur.
Signs of low pH include manganese and iron toxicity that causes yellow spots and may led to leaf browning and death. Wilting leaves, poor stem development, stunted growth, leaf discoloration and blighted leaf tips. High pH levels often result in iron deficiencies in the plant, resulting in leaves that are weak and yellow.
Evaporation, temperature and amount of light can affect pH levels. Meters are the easiest way to determine the pH.
You know your plants will flourish when their nutrient solution is between 5.5 and 6.8, but how can you ensure that conditions will be just right? Many different variables such as evaporation, temperature and amount of light can affect pH levels. Frequent monitoring of nutrient solution pH levels is a good idea. There are several different options for measuring pH.
If you are not using a pH monitor that remains directly in the nutrient bath to offer continuous readings, you’ll need to measure the pH of your nutrient solution at least twice a week with a hand-held pH meter. Hand-held meters feature delicate glass probe tips that are dipped into nutrient solution for periodic testing, and they offer easy-to-read digital results right away.
If you find that your solution is too acidic or too alkaline, you can make incremental changes in pH with pH adjuster liquids as needed.
Some solutions commonly used to lower pH include nitric acid, phosphoric acid, citric acid and vinegar. Potassium hydroxide is used to raise pH. To prevent possible problems, take a pH reading of the water you will be using and adjust it as needed before mixing your nutrient solution. Never use hot water when mixing hydroponics nutrient.
TIP: Indoor growers using rockwool may need to compensate for the growing medium’s inherent alkalinity that can cause pH shifts. In addition to pre-soaking your rockwool over a 24-hour period, you can use a nutrient that is specifically formulated, such as the Sunleaves Rockwool Formula One line, for use with rockwool.
- Free precision pruner with holster with any micropore bag kit purchase.
- Free mechanical timer with any Blueprint Controllers® purchase of $70+.
It is Halloween, and we are in the midst of fall, otherwise known as “Pumpkin Season”. Have you carved your pumpkin for your jack-o-lanterns yet? Or maybe you grew your own pumpkins for pumpkin pie? Did you grow a special heirloom pumpkin and want to grow it again next year? Well, you are in luck! Saving seeds is simple. Follow these easy steps:
- Cut around the stem of the pumpkin wide enough to allow easy access inside the pumpkin.
- Remove the “lid” you have created.
- Grab a colander and some patience. Then remove the pulp and the seeds from inside the inside of the pumpkin and place in the colander
- Run water over the colander. Start picking the seeds out from the pulp, rinsing under the water as you go. *Tip: Do not let the pulp stand in sitting water.
- There will be a plethora of pumpkins seeds, more than you will ever need to plant. Once you have a plentiful amount of rinsed seeds, choose the largest seeds. Bigger seeds have a better chance of germinating. *Tip: Save three times the seeds than how many pumpkin plants you will want to grow next year.
- Put down a dry paper towel and place the rinsed seeds, spaced out, on it. *Note: Overlapping seeds will cause them to stick to each other.
- Put the seeds on the paper towel in a cool, dry spot for at least one week.
The seeds are now ready for storing! A simple envelope is the perfect place for pumpkins seed storage. Pumpkin seeds, and other types of seeds, are best kept somewhere cool and dry. The refrigerator is a great storage place. If you do use the refrigerator as your storage location, use a container with holes in the lid, to prevent condensation build-up.
Your seeds are now ready to go for next year’s planting season!