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Urban Gardens of Jax Hydroponics, Jacksonville Hydroponic Store

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Straight from the aquaponic system. Harvested last night. Collards & Swiss Chard.
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The N to the P to the K

The Mighty Three
There are a lot of ways you can give your plants a leg up on the competition, and one of the easiest is with fertilizer. But which one to choose? One must know the ingredient ratios and the existing soil or water conditions. Which ingredients to add? Which to avoid? The answers might sound complicated, but really, they’re…elementary. (groan)

The Mighty Three
First the basics: The main things you need to know are your macro nutrients. These are the pillars that will support your plants’ good health and big yield. There are three macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are the big players of the game, and their levels need to be balanced in order to get good results from your crop. The macro nutrients are expressed on bags of fertilizer with a printed ratio of three numbers, usually separated by dashes, for example, you might see 20-20-20, which would mean 20% of that particular type of fertilizer is made up of each nutrient, and the remainder would be some type of filler, usually mostly carbon. They are always presented in the order of NPK, so nitrogen is listed first, then phosphorus, then potassium. Each element performs a specific function in the growth and development of photosynthesizing life forms, and like any good boss, you have to know how to delegate the jobs.
Nitrogen’s job is to keep plants green....

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday.

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Now carrying Canna and Advanced Nutrients!
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                           Could the problem be pH?
One of the most overlooked problems in the home garden is pH however; it is a quick and easy fix.  Many times people notice problems such as yellowing leaves and try to fix it by adding more nutrients thereby compounding the problem when a pH adjustment would have taken care of the issue.  The good thing is that pH test kits or pens are relatively inexpensive.

What is pH?
The pH (potential for hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil or other growing medium. The pH can range from zero to 14.  Most gardens are happiest when pH is in the 6.0 to 7.0 range.  A few plants prefer a lower pH of 5.0 – 6.0.  A pH of 7 is considered to be neutral.  Above 7.0, the soil is alkaline (“sweet” or “base”) and below 7.0 acidic (“sour”).  Fortunately, most plants thrive right around neutral or a little below.

Why is it important?
Proper pH provides for the availability of nutrients to the plant.  pH too high or too low can lock out nutrients causing problems such as yellowing of leaves. 
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Hydroponics vs Soil Gardening
Why grow hydroponically?
1.     Saves water as most hydroponic systems recirculate the water. 
2.     Plants grow quicker due to increased oxygen to root system and nutrient availability.
3.     Saves money over the long term.  Hydroponic growing media is reused over and over again.  You use fewer nutrients than in soil systems.
4.     You can grow more using less space.  Not only can you grow vertically, you can grow more horizontally as a plants root system requires less space in hydroponic systems. Plants grown in soil have to develop root systems that spread constantly seeking out the nutrients they need. 
5.     Never weed a garden again.
6.     Less pest and diseases
7.     Save time.  Hydroponic systems can be set up on timers.
8.     You can grow almost anywhere hydroponically.
9.     You are in control and not nature so the plant should be provided the exact nutrients quantities needed.  Additionally, if there ever is a nutrient deficiency or problem it is easily corrected with the appropriate nutrient.
10. The plants grow quicker in hydroponic gardens so crop yields and rotation are higher than in soil.

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