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Kitchen Compost Bin

A kitchen compost bin is one of the first tools you should get when you decide to make compost kitchen waste for you garden. You’ll find that a indoor compost bin will make your life easier and the composting experience more pleasant.
As anyone who has tried saving food waste for the garden can tell you it is not always convenient. Making multiple trips out  to the garden to deposit the food waste in the garden compost bin can be time a bother  especially if you compost bin is located away from you kitchen. The home composter  must also contend with the odor of the decaying food, the pests the kitchen compost  bin can attract and  the unattractiveness of the  container of old food. But a  kitchen compost bin can eliminate these problems and make it more likely that  the food waste makes it to the garden.

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Quick Composting

Composting can be simple.  It’s something that just happens naturally over time as organic matter is broken down by soil organisms. The bacteria, fungii, worms and insects eat the organic matter and turn it into compost. The problem most people have with the process is it takes too long. They want their compost fast. So they buy compost starters, compost bins and compost tumblers. They make sure they have a pile with the proper carbon to nitrogen ratio of 25 to 1. And they turn the piles and water it in order to get the compost as quickly as possible. I always seemed like a lot of work to me. I’m a pretty lazy guy. As in I’m always looking for the simplest easiest way to do any job. I figure as long as it gets good results than easy is best.  As far as time is concerned I tend to measure time in terms  of how much of my time  I spend  doing a job rather than how much time passes chronologically.

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Ebb and Flow Hydroponics

The ebb and flow hydroponic system works by periodically flooding a grow container with the nutrient solution and then letting container drain back to the reservoir. The system is sometime referred to as a flood and drain system. The flooding can be done manually but it is most often controlled by a timer and uses a pump to move the nutrient to the container and gravity to move it back. Like most media based hydroponic methods ebb and flow hydroponic systems can survive power failures because the media holds nutrient between waterings. The ebb and flow systems also have other advantages.

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Drip Hydroponic Systems

The drip hydroponic system is one of the most common in the world. Drip systems are used to grow everything from lettuce to cut flowers and melons. The design of the drip system is simple.

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Hydroponic Growing: Plants without soil

Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil. Hydroponics it literally means working water. It’s not a modern idea and it really isn’t hard if the plant’s primary requirements are met.

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Hydroponic Fertilizer- Magnesium and Sulfur and the Micronutrients

In my last article I discussed the Primary macronutrients in Hydroponic Fertilizer
and calcium which is considered a secondary macronutrient but which I think should be considered a primary. If you are interested in learning about the rest of the elements that make hydroponic fertilizer so effective, I’m going to lay out the basics here. After reading this article you’ll know what the other elements in hydroponic nutrients do.

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Hydroponic Fertilizer – The Macro Nutrients

In my reading I’ve read that there are between 13 and 17 essential plant nutrients. I think the people who say there are 17 are padding the list a bit since they include carbon, oxygen and hydrogen and sometimes water but that is all academic. When you get down to the nitty gritty most people who think think of hydroponic fertilizer when they think of the chemicals you add to the water. And when your thinking of plant food there are 3 groups of nutrients on your mind: the Primary Macronutrients, the Secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients. In this article I’m going to deal with the Macronutrients and the red head step child of plant nutrition calcium.

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The Basics of Indoor Home Hydroponics

Growing indoor plants at home successfully using hydroponics comes down to controlling environmental factors. If you want to grow plants hydroponically you need to control the light, the nutrient solution and air supply.
One of the most important factors you need to control while growing indoors is the light. You need to supply enough light for the best growth but at the same time you need to make sure you don’t provide so much light you burn your plants or overheat your growing space. You can choose to use artificial light from metal halide, high pressure sodium, fluorescent or leds to provide the all the light your plants need. Or you can use sunlight and use an artificial light just to supplement the light supply so you can grow plants that require more light.
Another important factor to control is the nutrient solution. When growing hydroponically the nutrient solution provides your plants with all the food they need to grow as well as the water they need to survive.since there is no soil to provide nutrients your fertilizer must be complete, with all the macro and micro nutrients a plant needs. It must also be mixed to the correct strength. If it is too strong the nutrient solution can burn the plants roots and kill the plant because they won’t be able to absorb water. If it is too weak it can slow plant growth and cause the plant to develop nutrient deficiencies.
The final important environmental factor that needs to be controlled is air supply. Plants need both carbon dioxide and oxygen. The carbon dioxide is used in the process of photosynthesis which the plant uses to make sugar for food. The oxygen is needed both around the root and around the foliage. Plants produce oxygen but remember they also use it just like you. If you want to grow healthy hydroponic plants make sure that there is a healthy amount of oxygen near the roots and enough air movement around the leaves so that the plant can get both enough oxygen and enough carbon dioxide.
Growing indoor hydroponic plants can seem very complicated. But if you can control the most important environmental factors you will find it as easy or easier than growing using soil.

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Compost: Nice and Easy

Nothing benefits a garden like a few buckets of nice, fluffy compost. It enriches the soil by adding nutrients and improving the texture. To that end, I decided to take the logical approach and do some research. One book explained the whole compost scene in one thousand pages. After two hundred pages, my brain raced with factiods, chemical components of about fifty different grasses and far too many rules.

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