Urban Farmer: Green Your Home * Growing Media Simplified

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The Urban Farmer, Issue #051 * Green Your Home * Growing Media Simplified * Hydro Tips

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” ~May Sarton

Hydro Growing Media Simplified

There are only 3 basic growing media that we recommend for your first gardens:

That’s it. Forget about gravel or HigroMite or vermiculite or rockwool. Later, if you want to branch out and learn about other growing media, visit our “Advanced Hydro” section (coming soon). There are also two advanced hydroponic techniques that don’t use any hydroponic growing medium whatsoever… aeroponics and NFT (nutrient film technique). Later…

For now, all you need to know about are the “Big 3”: Coco, LECA, and perlite. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and so are better suited to specific growing systems.

Coco Coir and perlite are denser and hold water better, but LECA has superior drainage and aeration. Experienced hydroponics nuts usually have their own favorite formulas using these 3 media.

Hydro Tip of the Month-

It’s been proven that hydroponically grown vegetables can have up to 50% more vitamin content (particularly vitamin A, all B complexes, C, and E) than conventional crops.

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of The Urban Farmer Ezine. Each month, we will bring you another inspiring photo, gardening quote, or idea, plus fresh new hydroponics news, techniques & products.

Insiders tips to get you growing…

~Stella and Simon from