All posts in "Hydroponic Gardening"

A Guide to Growing With CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs)

By Kevin / 8 months ago

I’ll be honest…When I first started growing plants indoors and in hydroponic systems, I had no clue what I was doing.  I didn’t know much about lighting, water, or growing media.While all of these topics were confusing, lighting was by far the most complex.  There were so many different types of lights to choose from, […]


What are Total Dissolved Solids?

By Kevin / 8 months ago

​After my recent ‘obsession’ with writing about the different types of water you can use for hydroponics, whether you can grow with tap water, or what to know about distilled water, I figured it’d probably be smart to talk about how to measure what’s IN your water.​It’s one thing to understand all of the different […]


Distilled Water For Plants: What You Need To Know

By Kevin / 8 months ago

Water is everywhere, so it all must be the same, right?Wrong.You might be using tap water for your garden and wondering if there’s a better option, or already using some other type of water (distilled, reverse osmosis, etc).Regardless, as a gardener you can know a lot about plants, nutrients, and growth cycles and miss out on one […]


Can You Use Tap Water For Hydroponics?

By Kevin / 8 months ago

One of the most common questions that I get from beginner hydroponic gardeners is:Can you use tap water for hydroponics?​It’s a good question!  When you’re just starting out, you want to get up and running quickly.  Your other options for water are all more complex than just using water straight out of the tap: Distilled […]


Which Plastics Are Safe For Gardening?

By Kevin / 9 months ago

​ One of the more common questions I’m asked on the blog is about plastic use, specifically, “What plastics are safe for use in the garden?”  Since a lot of Epic Gardening readers are into hydroponics and aquaponics over soil gardening, there are a lot of people with a lot of plastic in their setup […]


Deep Water Culture: What Is It And How To Get Started

By Kevin / 10 months ago

If you’re new to growing plants hydroponically, words like “Deep Water Culture” can sound like they’re straight out of a science-fiction movie.  Compared to soil gardening, hydroponics looks more complex – but it’s really not!The different ways of hydroponic gardening (nutrient film technique, deep water culture, ebb and flow) might sound confusing, but once you […]


The Kratky Method: How To Grow Food Almost Automatically

By Kevin / last year

​ Although I already think that hydroponics is one of the most interesting, simple, and productive gardening methods out there, what continues to surprise me is the amount of innovation that happens in the field. Not too long ago I was looking for more ways to experiment with my deep water culture systems, including building […]


Types of Hydroponic Lighting: What You Need To Know

By Kevin / last year

When growing indoors, it’s essential to match the natural sunlight changes throughout the seasons to initiate the different growth stages of each plant. Different temperatures surrounding a plant and the intensity of the sun are triggers for plants that allow them to release chemicals internally that will start them off into the next stage of […]


Hydroponics for Kids: Build a 2 Liter Bottle Garden

By Kevin / last year

I was chatting with Charlotte, a subscriber on the EG YouTube channel and she had a REALLY good idea: ​Actually, it would be kinda cool if you had a page on the site for kids….. school projects and such for hydroponics.I homeschool 5 kids, and this would be a pretty cool science project. How to […]


Books, Videos, and Blogs for Hydroponic Beginners

By Kevin / last year

When first getting into hydroponics and urban gardening, I had no clue where to start.  There wasn’t a really great source of information online…at least not one I could find.  That’s part of the reason I created Epic Gardening in the first place. I turned to books to learn the bulk of my knowledge – and […]

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