Perlite vs Vermiculite: What’s the Difference?

Vermiculite vs. Perlite

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been in this position before… You’re standing in the garden center trying to decide between perlite and vermiculite. All you can remember is that one looks like little Styrofoam balls. The difference between perlite vs vermiculite is important to know for the prosperity of your garden. They seem very … Read more

Hydroton (Expanded Clay Pebbles) Growing Guide

Clay Pellets

The world of hydroponics can be a bit intimidating to someone new to the methods. Even the subject of growing medium can seem convoluted. Should I use floral foam? Growstones? Perlite? Oasis cubes? Coconut chips or fiber? Rockwool? Should I just go jump in a river and fish for rocks? Before you end up shivering … Read more

Coconut Coir: What It Is And Which To Get

Best coco coir

Coco coir is an increasingly popular type of hydroponic growing medium — and for good reason. There are a whole host of benefits to growing with coconut coir that you can and should take advantage of if you’re new to hydroponics. There isn’t a good, comprehensive guide to coconut coir out there… until now. In … Read more

Is Rockwool Harmful? Yes, But…

Rockwool has long been a popular media for growing hydroponic fruits, vegetables and herbs. However, I’m going to make the case against rockwool and argue why you should never use rockwool again because rockwool is harmful. This post has gotten a lot of attention recently, and as a result is in the process of being … Read more

Hydroponic Growing Media

Although growing hydroponically is soil-free, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing to support our plants. In most hydroponic systems, growers use different types of hydroponic media to help support their roots and maintain a good water/oxygen ratio. In this guide, I’ll give you a breakdown of the most popular types of hydroponic growing media. … Read more