Next Class – April 25th – Soil | Nutrients | Microbes | Much More…

Join us for our next class on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30pm at our River Market location (12 E Missouri Avenue).  We will be discussing soil biology, microbes, nutrients, maintenance, recycling, and disease/pest treatments and preventions.  This will be a terrific opportunity if you are interested in expanding your knowledge significantly.  Cost is $40 and […]

Hydroponics for Beginners

What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is the system of delivering nutrients to plants via mineral fertilizer solutions, in water, without using soil as a medium.  Hydroponics is quite often considered to be the most efficient for growing in climates which may or may not be the most conducive for the specific crops grown.  This is due to […]

Container Gardening

Indoor gardening, almost exclusively involves containers and potting soil. Hydroponics is an exception. Why Grow in Containers??? Soilless Potting Mixes Primarily soiless potting mixes such as Canna Coco, Roots Organics, ProMix, Ocean Forest are used in container gardening. Portability Containers are easily moved around as needed. Indoors Rotate plants for even light coverage Move pots […]

Integrated Pest Management

What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management, also referred to as IMP, and involves utilizing knowledge and resources to develop a broad approach in reducing risk of plant pests and crop damage. Prevention Success starts here, if proper steps are taken, you will face little to no infestations. Cleanliness–keep garden/growing space free of excess […]

HVAC Frequently Asked Questions

Q: In a sealed environment, how many BTUs of cooling do I need per 1000 watt light?  How many tons? A: 4000 BTUs of cooling per 1000 watt.  There are 12,000 BTU’s per ton of cooling, allowing 3 lights per ton. Q: How do I properly size my dehumidifier? A: The amount needed for dehumidification is generally equal to […]

Growing Media & Amendments

Guide to Growing Media When picking out the right growing media for the job there are several things to consider.  I imagine you found that out the first time you walked into your local grow shop or garden center, and thought you were just there to pick up some “good dirt”.  After reading the labels, […]

Plant Nutrients

Light, Water, Nutrients Voila! Numerous elements are required for proper plant growth. Air and water supply some of these elements including carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O), while soil is the principle source of all other nutrients. Plant roots must mine the soil in order to find these much-needed macro and micro nutrients. Macronutrients […]

Light, Temperature, Nutrients, and Your Grow

Light Light quality denotes the color or wavelength of the light. Blue light has shorter wavelengths and is best for vegetative growth. While red light has the longest wavelength and is best for flowering. When it comes to light intensity, every plant differs in their requirements and adaptations to tolerate different levels. If you are […]

Seed Viability & Germination

Seed Germination Just like the plants in your garden, seeds need the appropriate amount of light, moisture, oxygen and the right temperature to germinate. To maintain the viability and vigor of seed, it is essential to make sure they are stored in the appropriate conditions. Ideal seed storage requires very low humidity and temperature approximately […]

Plant Growth Processes

Photosynthesis, Respiration & Transpiration  The three plant processes of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration are the most fundamental to plant growth and development. Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants utilize light to manufacture their own food. Plant respiration is the next step. Respiration is where the plant metabolizes food created during photosynthesis and uses […]