All posts in "Basics"

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 […]


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 […]


A Simple Guide to Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

By Kevin / a couple of years ago

So you’re ready to get started in hydroponics and you’re about to start some seeds… But you have no idea how to get started? ​That’s where Epic Gardening comes in! When I first started gardening, I was messing around in soil (which I still do to this day). Starting seeds for hydroponics systems was unknown […]


Plant Spacing in Hydroponics

By Kevin / a couple of years ago

I’ve got to tell you all, I’m ecstatic when I get messages from Epic Gardening readers.  I LOVE opening up Gmail during a break from business and seeing urban gardening questions come in, so you better believe I was excited when a reader hit me up and asked a great question about plant spacing.  She’s […]


Inverse Square Law for Light and Hydroponics

By Kevin / a couple of years ago

Understand the Inverse Square Law Because most of us are lighting our hydroponic grows artificially, I figured that it would be a good idea to cover one of the most important concepts to consider when you’re making lighting decisions for your grows: the inverse square law for light. The inverse square law states that light output […]


pH and Nutrient Availability

By Kevin / 4 years ago

pH and Nutrient Availability Before we get started, if you haven’t read my hydroponic nutrients guide, hop on over there now and educate yourself! OK, let’s talk about a crucial step in your hydroponics education – pH and nutrient availability. We have already learned what plants need to survive: Light Water Nutrients Oxygen Carbon dioxide […]


Hydroponic Nutrients Guide

By Kevin / 4 years ago

Quick Navigation What are Hydroponic Nutrients? Macro Nutrients Micro Nutrients Types of Hydroponic Nutrients Get Started! If you’ve come from my post on Hydroponics for Beginners, welcome! If you haven’t, welcome anyways! This post is designed to give you an overview of hydroponic nutrients – what they’re made of, what they do, and the different […]


Hydroponics for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

By Kevin / 4 years ago

Hydroponics for Beginners So you’ve heard about this way of growing plants called ‘hydroponics’, but have no clue what it is…If you’ve heard about hydroponics but find yourself overwhelmed by information and have no clue where to begin…this is for you.Before we get into the meat of this article, if you find yourself asking, “Where […]


History of Hydroponics

By Kevin / 4 years ago

The History of Hydroponics Simply put, hydroponics is the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients, and a growing medium. The word hydroponics comes from the roots “hydro”, meaning water, and “ponos”, meaning labor, this method of gardening does not use soil. Sounds high tech and futuristic, right? It’s not. The earliest examples of […]