7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology

Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for use of their bottles, and some offer more detailed recommendations at their websites.¹ Read ingredients carefully and understand why you are adding something before you add it. 2. Concentrated liquid nutrients should be shaken before use. Organic nutrients, in particular, should be well mixed as sometimes they rely on being part of a suspension rather than being a true...

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Meet GroBucket: Inexpensive Self-Watering Planter

The most expensive part of container gardening is usually the container itself, and if you want a self-irrigating design for big plants, they can get really pricey. Here’s a new product called GroBucket that will change everything. It allows you to turn any 4-6 gallon bucket into a self-watering planter in minutes. The simplicity is beautiful! The coolest thing about this self-watering planter: GroBucket was designed to solve the #1 reason for weak plants and crop failure; It guards against incorrect watering using gravity and wicking. And it does so sustainably without getting complicated or costly. No electricity needed. Grow...

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GMO Food Company Has Verified Non-GMO Foods?

The world’s largest GMO foods company is in partnership with the Non-GMO Project. Go ahead, read it again, but it’s unlikely to change your grasp of the words. It doesn’t matter if you’re demanding non-GMO foods, or a proponent of GMOs – there’s something wrong with this picture. The conventional farming world is in an uproar at this news from Cargill, and the discerning consumer should be too. Who is Cargill? One of the oldest agricultural companies in the United States, who over the past 150 years has grown into a multinational conglomerate whose interests span all aspects of crops...

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Cannabis By Dermis – CBD Oil Transdermal Patches

Transdermal patches can be used to slowly deliver a substance such as CBD oil to a person over an extended period of time. Modern patches are odourless, discrete, long-acting and convenient, allowing in some cases for an alternative to inhalation, oral or suppository use. The concept behind transdermal patches isn’t new. Medicated plasters were in use in China 4,000 or so years ago.¹ A piece of cloth or paper would be coated with a combination of an adhesive made with natural gum rubber or tar and the desired medication. This ancient form of medicated band-aid would then be applied...

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4 Steps to Understanding Bell Siphons

Bell Siphons are one way to intermittently fill and drain a container such as for an ebb and flow hydroponic system. While they are not particularly complicated devices, they are easier to understand if simpler siphons are considered first.¹ 1. Simple Siphons A simple siphon will cause water to flow up and over the lip of a reservoir, and down to a lower reservoir.² A drawback to this design is that the siphon tube must be primed by filling with water. If the siphon tube is a flexible hose, this can be done by inserting the hose into the...

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