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Beneficial Microbes For Hydroponics

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Beneficial bacteria have been shown to increase the availability of nutrients and moisture required for plant growth, while improving soil structure. They provide a biological connection between roots and nutrients present in the soil. A popular brand has been used to grow a 907.2kg pumpkin in 2012!

• Helps roots use more nutrients.
• Improve root structures.
• Great for vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers .
If you haven’t heard of mycorrhiza, it’s a microbe that builds root mass and with more roots, you get more fruits. It is best suited to Terra, coco and rockwool systems and can be used as a supplement to any nutrient line. Use unchlorinated water for best results. Come and see us at Hydroponic Central because we have some free sample packs for you to try, for a limited time only.

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Micro Gardens

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A common complaint heard amongst people living in small spaces such as units and flats, is that they can’t grow their own food for want of an old fashioned veggie patch. But a lack of space need not discourage someone from growing their own food. With some creativity and the use of unconventional spaces, almost anyone can produce some amount of home-grown food.

Enclosed porches, verandas or balconies are relatively easy spaces to make use of. In the majority of cases, the type of food grown will have to be adjusted to the average temperature and light exposure. Lettuce and root crops can be grown during cooler months with less sunlight and warm weather crops such as tomatoes and capsicums can be grown during summer months.

There is no reason for anyone who wants to grow more of their own food to let their limited space prevent them from doing so. Any place you can survive, you can grow some sort of food crop as well. Get growing.

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Easy CO2 Enhancer

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The Enhancer

This product is made from all natural , 100% organic ingredients which when activated create a blast of CO2 that can reach 1200 ppm in a 12′×12′×12′ area.

Activate the Enhancer by simply adding 1 litre warm water, placing the lid back on, removing the sticker on the lid, covering the small hole with your thumb and giving the bottle a quick shake. Its as simple as that! The Enhancer works of the natural phenomenon know as photosynthesis and will begin to disperse CO2 within the hour. Giving the Enhancer a quick shake every day or two is all that this miraculous product requires. Finally, at the end of the two week life span, simply add an additional canister to your garden. Keep the first canister in your garden for an additional 2 weeks, as it is still producing CO2, just not at the high levels the Enhancer has become known for. You wont believe you eyes as you watch your plants health and overall yield increase dramatically.

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Growing coffee in Melbourne

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The coffee plant is an evergreen large scrub with deep green glossy foliage which produce berries if grown in favourable conditions. These berries are a source of coffee and plants bear within 18 months.
It will grow well in a sheltered, warm sunny position but really does best at warm temperatures and will only fruit in a greenhouse (in Melbourne).

At our store here in Melbourne our coffee plant is now 30cm high and looking very healthy. It is grown in Canna Terra Profession and feed with Canna Bio organic plant food.

Now we can’t wait for our truly organic coffee.

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Fruit still alive after harvest: study

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Home grown food is even fresher!
Produce you buy in the shops may still be alive and all those blueberries and zucchinis are still responding to the time of day, say scientists. The study showed that post-harvest vegetables and fruits continued to perceive light so their biological clocks kept ticking. The plants responded to the light by altering levels of chemicals that protect them from being eaten by insects and other herbivorous.
(Source: weeklytimesnow.com.au)

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Indigenous kids' health improves with subsidised fruit and vegetable program

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THE health of indigenous children from low-income families improved significantly after a weekly subsidised fruit and vegetable program, new research shows.

The children required less antibiotics and there was a small, but significant increase in their haemoglobin levels, according to the research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Study author Dr Andrew Black said a broader trial was needed to investigate whether it was feasible to have subsidised healthy food programs in Australia.

“The program could be adapted to target low-income families more generally,” Dr Black and his co-authors wrote.

But Dr Black, who is a general practitioner with a NSW Aboriginal health service and a fellow at the University of South Australia, said the proportion of children with iron deficiency and anaemia did not change.

The study involved children from 55 families who were aged under 18 and lived in northern NSW.

Each family was given a weekly box of subsidised fruit and vegetables, valued at $40 and nutritional information and recipes were provided to families.

(Source: news.com.au

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BEETROOT BOUNTY

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Beetroot’s are packed full of health boosting nutrients and are easy to grow so they make a productive addition to any garden. Boiled, steamed or roasted this versatile vegetable is great made into a dip, salad and as part of a Sunday roast.

Beetroot is well suited to being grown hydroponically in coco fibre, rockwool or expanded clay.
It can be grown in temperate regions except for the coldest months of winter.
Want to know more? Contact us at HYDROPONIC CENTRAL.
Get planting !

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Easy new seedling light system

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JUSTRIVED

We have just installed into our shop displays the ps-1 Photoponic System 1 which is two tube T-5 fluoro lighting system. If you think fluoros are poor lighting choice then you haven’t seen these.

Extremely high lumens per watt and best suited to seed and cutting propagation and easy to put together.

Comes with clips so you can fix it to the top of your tent.

Choice of two light colours

  • White 6400k
  • Purple 8500k

Get your seedling ready for spring especially if you team the light with a propagation tent and heated seedling tray as shown.

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Brussel Sprouts- a handy winter crop

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This often ridiculed vegetable is part of the cabbage group and is grown for it’s edible buds. It is a hardy green vegetable typically 3-5 cm in diameter and looks like miniature cabbage, slow growing it takes about 3 months to mature. If cooked correctly they are quite tasty and are a worthwhile addition to your garden.
Have you tried hydroponic brussel sprouts? It is easier than you think. Teamed up with CANNA TERRA soil less mix growing system you can be growing this delicious crop right now.
Come to our store and we ’ll show you how.
Common problems are aphids and white cabbage moths which can be controlled with netting and organic sprays.
I have my sprouts planted how about you?

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KALE- productive winter crop

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KALE is a productive winter crop and one of the easiest plants to grow hydroponically. It is a member of the brassica family, like an open cabbage and suitable for those who don’t have much space. It is possible to harvest just a few leaves at a time rather than the whole plant. Often used in European dishes and now KALE is finding great popularity with Aussie gardeners and cooks. Make sure your KALE is regularly watered because if you let them dry out the leaves can become bitter. Watch out for white Cabbage Moths who will find your plants as tasty as you do. You precious plants can be netted or there are some effective organic pest control measures. Give KALE a try.

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