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How to Buy Hydroponic Gardening Supplies

Watch more Gardening Tools & Equipment videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to buy hydroponic gardening supplies if you're a rookie of growing plants indoors. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Understand what hydroponics is Know what hydroponics is: a method of cultivating plants in liquid nutrients without using soil. Consider starting out with an inexpensive hydroponic gardening kit. Tip Hydroponic gardening kits and supplies are available at gardening centers as well as hydroponic specialty stores. Step 2: Learn about hydroponic systems Learn about hydroponic systems. Ebb and flow delivers nutrients via a pump. With the wick system, plant roots absorb nutrients via dangling ropes. Tip Because the wick system requires no pump, it's easier to maintain. Ebb and flow, however, can produce a heartier yield. Step 3: Use porous materials Use porous materials like peat, sand, gravel, rock wool, or vermiculite in an ebb and flow system. These materials deliver liquid nutrients to the roots. Step 4: Get a premixed nutrient solution Get a premixed nutrient solution at a garden supply store. You'll typically use 2 to 3 teaspoons of nutrients per gallon of water. Step 5: Get a pH testing kit Get a pH testing kit to measure a nutrient solution's hydrogen content. If pH levels are too high or too low, plants won't be able to absorb nutrients. Tip Get a water pH test kit at any pool or aquarium store. Step 6: Consider buying artificial lighting Consider buying artificial lighting such as High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights for flowering plants, or Metal Halide (MH) lights for leafy vegetables. Now start hydroponic gardening with confidence. Did You Know? In 1938, early hydroponics experiments occurred on Wake Island, a Pan-Am Airways refueling stop -- hydroponic vegetables fed the airline's crew.
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