Strict Standards: Declaration of JCacheControllerPage::store() should be compatible with JCacheController::store($data, $id, $group = NULL) in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/cache/controller/page.php on line 199

Deprecated: iconv_set_encoding(): Use of iconv.internal_encoding is deprecated in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/string/string.php on line 28

Deprecated: iconv_set_encoding(): Use of iconv.input_encoding is deprecated in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/string/string.php on line 29

Deprecated: iconv_set_encoding(): Use of iconv.output_encoding is deprecated in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/string/string.php on line 30
Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening

Language


Strict Standards: Non-static method modGTranslateHelper::getParams() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_gtranslate/mod_gtranslate.php on line 13

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_gtranslate/tmpl/default.php on line 84


Strict Standards: Declaration of JCacheControllerView::get() should be compatible with JCacheController::get($id, $group = NULL) in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/cache/controller/view.php on line 137

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/spcomments/spcomments.php on line 28

Strict Standards: Declaration of JParameter::loadSetupFile() should be compatible with JRegistry::loadSetupFile() in /home4/ilink360/public_html/libraries/joomla/html/parameter.php on line 512

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/spcomments/spcomments.php on line 130

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/spcomments/spcomments.php on line 159

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 250

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 86

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 250

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 86

Deprecated: Non-static method ReadLessTextHelper::Filter() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/readlesstext/readlesstext.php on line 1082

Deprecated: Non-static method ReadLessTextHelper::GetArticleId() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/readlesstext/readlesstext.php on line 54

Deprecated: Non-static method ReadLessTextHelper::GetCategoryId() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/readlesstext/readlesstext.php on line 55

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 250

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 86

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 250

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/plugins/content/multiads/multiads.php on line 86

Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening

There are actually three things to consider when determining the proper pH for your hydroponic gardening:

  1. The nutrient reservoir
  2. The water you are using
  3. Your growing medium

Ignore any of these three things and you will diminish the quality and quantity of your crop. These three things form a circle that when kept in balance holds the key to successful hydroponic vegetable gardening.

Misconceptions about water

One of the major culprits that can affect your success is water. That's because most water is alkaline.

Actually, water is seldom just water. It contains a lot of stuff such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These come in forms of carbonates and bicarbonates with the bicarbonates being the worst offender.

Alkalinity in your water can cause your growing medium pH to zoom faster than a rocket and add all sorts of stability problems to your reservoir. Remember, pH levels should be kept between 5.8 and 6.3 for best results in hydroponic growing. Allowing it to drift too far above or below these levels will reduce the quality and quantity of your harvest. It can even kill your plants.

Don't rely on water softeners

Water softeners only displace calcium and magnesium ions. That leaves behind both carbonates and bicarbonates. That does nothing to change the alkalinity of the water.

Water softeners also add a lot of unwanted sodium to your water. So by trying to fix one problem, you create another which can greatly decrease your yields.

Also remember, if you're using well water, it's almost guaranteed to have alkalinity problems. Even city water is often of poor quality. Invest in a reverse osmosis system. They are relatively inexpensive and will take the alkalinity out of your water along with other impurities.

What's the best tool for measuring pH?

Use a meter that measures EC (Electrical Conductivity). This type of meter was made specifically for measuring nutrient solutions. Taking pH readings during the light cycle will give you a different result than when you take pH readings at night. The reason is during dark periods; both microbes and the plants are resting and giving off alkaline molecules. This tends to make the pH go up and during the day, the plant and microbes are active and tend to give off acid molecules. This makes the pH go down.

The importance of your medium

A plant root system is actually a pH excreting machine. It manufactures and pumps hydrogen ions (pH down) or hydroxide ions (pH up) directly into your growing medium. This can directly change the pH of the growing medium.

To assure the greatest success with your hydroponic vegetable gardening, your plants must have an acidic pH growing medium.

And, of course, the water, the growing medium and the nutrients should all be working in perfect harmony. But it's the roots in the growing medium that drive the pH chemical reactions.

 


FacebookMySpaceTwitterDiggDeliciousStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksRedditNewsvineTechnoratiLinkedinMixxRSS Feed

More From this Author


Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::dbQuote() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 70

Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 87

Strict Standards: usort() expects parameter 2 to be a valid callback, non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::reverseSort() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 348

Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/mod_fj_related_plus.php on line 16

Home & Gardens

Related Articles


Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 31

Strict Standards: array_map() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::dbQuote() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 69

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 490

Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 87

Strict Standards: usort() expects parameter 2 to be a valid callback, non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::reverseSort() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/helper.php on line 348

Strict Standards: Non-static method modFJRelatedPlusHelper::isArticle() should not be called statically in /home4/ilink360/public_html/modules/mod_fj_related_plus/mod_fj_related_plus.php on line 16