It is relatively easy to create a space to grow, whether indoors or out, and provide your new garden with a decent place to live. It is also easy to create a space that is hostile to life, where few plant varieties will thrive in the home provided.
In an indoor setting, some wrong choices can create a plethora of problems. Plant nutrition, pH, EC, CO2 levels, bugs, IR heat, disease, and the worst culprit of all, neglect, all have an influence on the garden. When growing outdoors, weather and pests are but a few of the stresses that a plant has to withstand.
Understanding the underlying reasons for certain plant behaviours can help you prevent them from happening in the first place. In the article “Indicator Plants,” Evan Folds uses the love of lawns as an example of how to read the health of the soil.
“Are Your Plants Vegetarians?” by Karel Schelfhout and Michiel Panhuysen, co-authors of the Organic Grow Book, examine the differences between animal and vegetal based amino acids and peptides. The Lighting Matters series continues this edition with an in-depth look at Ceramic Metal Halides, one of the newer lighting technologies to hit the market. Nico Hill dissects the photosynthesis equation in “Supercharge Your Flowers,” weighing in on CO2 supplementation. Do you use CO2 supplementation? After you read this, you will want to make the extra effort.
When it comes to gardening, the basics are pretty easy. Getting to the next level takes a bit more work, but let me tell you, it is worth it.