March 2013 | Garden Culture Magazine

Why Do You Need Light Timers?

What your plants do at night is uber important to their livelihood. They use the dark hours in your garden to eat the food they created while the grow lights were on. Plants also breathe in the dark. Since night is shorter than day, its critical that you allow them sufficient time to create food and take in CO2, and then enough time to make use of their nutrients as well as expel oxygen. But that’s not the only reasons why ever grower should look at light timers as a necessity. There is this thing called the circadian cycle which...

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Increased Harvest Vertical Growing

Wyoming might seem an unlikely place for new ground being broken in vertical farming, but it’s home to more than mountains, cowboys, and cattle ranches. Fueled by the desire to produce an income as farmers and spend more time with growing families, the guys at Bright AgriTech in Laramie have devised a unique vertical hydroponic growing system. In the zone 4 climate of Wyoming, maximizing the output of a heated greenhouse is beyond important if you’re going to be profitable. Partners Nate Storey and Paul Bennick knew they had to come up with a way to make farming less...

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More Water Isn’t Always Best

There are few plants that deal with excessive water, and most of them aren’t desirable for food or ornamental uses. Not properly managing moisture can cause all kinds of problems for the indoor gardener. Its especially troublesome in container growing, much more so when the heat of the sun and the drying breeze is missing from the plant’s environment. An issue that is magnified with plastic containers that do not allow air flow through the walls. Containers present the inexperienced grower with a myriad of ways to go wrong. The most common being insufficient drainage and bad watering practices....

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Beyond Organic

It’s not enough to insist that your produce purchases at the grocery store will only be organic. Sure, the tomatoes look lovely and are labeled ‘organic’. Yet, how organic can they be if they were irradiated at the border upon import? While no actual chemicals are applied in this ‘ionizing radiation’ treatment, the very cells of the food is changed and the ripening process is delayed. Did you know that the majority of ‘fresh’ produce at your local grocer’s is actually already 2 weeks old? It isn’t fresh at all, its just not cooked. Fresh, organic food can only be grown...

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How To Make Your Own Organic Fertilizer

If you’re like anyone else, you have a continual supply of food waste that is being thrown away. That’s not just money down the drain, but the start of free nutrition for your garden plants. Its organic too, as long as you use only food scraps that were organically grown. Trace elements of GMOs and mainstream agriculture chemicals will remain if you use any other type of scraps. While you cannot use this fertilizer for hydroponic gardens if you’re going to maintain smoothly operating equipment. For traditional container growing that is hand watered and any kind of outdoor garden...

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