Using Oasis Grow Cubes and Root Cubes: Pros and Cons

Plants growing in Oasis Grow Cubes laid in a row.

Oasis Cubes for Plant Propagation Oasis Cubes are manufactured from water-absorbent foam, Phenolic foam, also known as Floral Foam. Also known as Oasis Root Cubes, they offer a good starting environment for seedlings and plant cuttings, not as a full growing medium. Lightweight pre-formed cubes designed for plant propagation. They have a neutral pH and … Read more

Magnets & Plants | Do Magnets Help Plants Grow?

There is some evidence that magnets can actually enhance the growth and yield of many plants. There are several ways exposure to magnetic fields may affect plant development. Sunlight, water and nutrients are the 3 primary requirements of plant development. Magnets will not help much with sunlight, but they can help with the uptake of … Read more

Can I Use Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer?

Coffee grounds being applied to a potted tree as fertilizer.

Coffee grounds were once thought to be good only for acid-loving plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and some fruit trees. However, a study conducted by Wood’s End Research Laboratory in Maine found that when mixed with other yard waste .. compost … the ph was neutralized. So basically raw straight coffee grinds are not a great idea, … Read more

How to Grow Hydroponic Beets

Beetroots growing hydroponically in a greenhouse.

Root crops such as beets can be successfully grown hydroponically. A methodology that uses ample media to support the plants while the roots develop is necessary. Ebb and flow systems lend themselves well to root crops, but others, such as aeroponics work also. Growing Beets Hydroponically Nutrient pH 6.0 to 6.5 EC 0.8-5 PPM – … Read more

How to Control and Prevent Algae in Hydroponics

Algae can sometimes be a major problem in hydroponic systems. Algae can be green, reddish-brown, or black. It clings to conduits and channels, grows on media, and oozes from pumps and tubing, it basically clogs up the entire system. Algae sometimes emit a foul odor as it decomposes in the nutrient solution. Heavy infestations can … Read more

How to Grow Hydroponic Corn

Corn being grown indoors with a hydroponic system.

Corn can be grown hydroponically either indoors or out. Corn consumes a lot of vertical space, so that of course should be considered if planning to grow it indoors. Anticipate that the corn stalks will reach seven feet in height. You’ll not only need the 7-foot clearance, but an adequate separation between the grow lights … Read more

Is Azomite Good for Plants?

Are you interested in taking your gardening or landscaping to the next level? If so, perhaps you have considered Azomite. Azomite is mined in the Utah desert from the ruins of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is a natural mineral product.  What makes Azomite unique is that it’s versatile as both an organic fertilizer and … Read more

What is The Best Fill Dirt For Drainage?

A red wheelbarrow filled with dirt and a yellow trowle.

Fill dirt refers to the layer of subsoil immediately beneath the topsoil. There are many different fill dirt varieties, which can contain pebbles, sand, and rocks. Fill dirt should not contain any organic material, which can cause the soil to settle over time.  Most often generated during large construction projects, fill dirt is versatile and … Read more

DIY Hydroponic Mushrooms: How to Grow Mushrooms Hydroponically

Mushrooms can be grown hydroponically, in a very similar fashion to that used for conventional rooting plants. Mushrooms do not have roots but can still thrive in a soil-less hydroponic media. They actually mature and produce faster than either conventionally cultivated mushrooms or other standard hydroponic crops. Fungus, which is what a mushroom actually is, … Read more