What are Total Dissolved Solids?

What are Total Dissolved Solids?

​ 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 … Read more

Distilled Water For Plants: What You Need To Know

Distilled Water For Plants: What You Need To Know

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 … Read more

Can You Use Tap Water For Hydroponics?

tap water

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 … Read more

Plant Spacing in Hydroponics

Plant Spacing in Hydroponics

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 … Read more

Inverse Square Law for Light and Hydroponics

Inverse Square Law for Light and Hydroponics | Epic Gardening

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 if you … Read more

Hydroponics vs Soil: 7 Reasons Hydroponics Wins

Hydroponics vs. Soil: 7 Reasons Hydroponics Wins | Epic Gardening

If you’re like me, you probably started out in your gardening hobby by growing in soil. I started out with some pepper, rhubarb chard and herb seedlings from the local garden store, threw them in some pots and watered them every few days. Watching them grow over the months was an amazing introduction to the … Read more

pH And Nutrient Availability: What To Know

pH For Hydroponics

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 In this article, we’ll … Read more

Hydroponics for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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 did … Read more

History of Hydroponics: When Was Hydroponics Invented?

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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 hydroponics date back to the … Read more