Tuesday, December 31, 2013



Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2014 New Years celebration! 
Dionysus-Greek God of Wine and the Harvest:  photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011

All of us here at hydroharbor would like to send out positive vibes and best wishes to everyone for the 2014 calender year ahead.  We look forward to serving you with the best possible deals, latest and most effective strategies and best possible customer service available in the industry today.

People are becoming much more aware of the benefits of growing the foods and medicines that satisfy their families particular needs. There is no better way to ensure the sources of food and medicine than growing your own . Trends to look for in 2014  By George Weigel | Special to PennLive 


We are a team of experienced  horticulturists dedicated to providing you with the best customer experience by providing the inspiration, knowledge,and resources to garden and grow with the best of us! Please feel free to give a call with any questions or requests Tues thru Sat from 11 am to 7pm 480 266 1559



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays From HydroHarbor!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Hydroponic Rosemary Christmas Trees( from  Jean Smith's hydroponic blog) 
Yes, options exist for saving pines and firs from becoming christmas trees....Rosemary Christmas trees grown hydroponically are an awesome choice! see full article at: 

Everyone from the Hydroharbor.com family would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season! May it be full of warmth and comforts with family and friends. 

Please note:  As of Early December 2013

Our website is fixed!!! Our shopping experience is secure!!! We apologize for some initial launch difficulties, but we are here and ready!

We look forward to being your one stop shop when it comes to answering your hydroponic questions, supplying your hydroponic equipment and supply needs, as well as, providing a level of trust and customer service that is unparalleled in the hydroponics industry today. Please feel free to call our customer service center 480 266 1559 Tues- Sat from 11 am to 7pm if you have any questions.  Thank you!

Sources:

Jean Smith's Hydroponics Equiptments Blog

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Portable Garden Facilities


Storage container hydroponic garden-courtesy of Podponics and Forbes

Did you know?!

Grass roots initiatives can effectively end the dependence on corporate farms, the cultivation and ingestion of GMO's, as well as, the use and consumption of harmful herbicides, pesticides and preservatives/hormones used to treat produce headed for your local markets (and ultimately your dinner table). The power has always been in the hands of the people! All you have to do is flex those mental muscles, organize with like-minded others, and put one foot in front of the other in order to take action toward utilizing available technological resources (hydroponic systems and technology) for growing produce consistently at a local level. It is the only way to guarantee what you produce and eat is pesticide, herbicide, and GMO free.

There are many start up companies gaining popularity that cater to these types of grass roots endeavors. Two entrepreneurs in Massachusetts (Freight Farms co-founders’ Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara) have been modifying and selling Cargo containers for just such purposes since 2005.

You can read the full article by Forbes here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/06/27/grow-produce-anywhere-in-freight-farms-60000-truck/

 Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara discovered an unmet need stemming from harsh east coast winters;  Restaurants and local markets were unable to meet the demands for freshly grown basil as the frigid winter weather would not permit the production of these crops. The restaurants and markets had to resort to shipping the product all the way from mexico and paying a much higher premium for a product in which they have limited awareness on its production origin; however, with the help from these two forward thinking individuals fresh basil can be grown year round, and on site for a fraction of the cost using their modified shipping containers as growing facilities. This guarantees that the growers and consumers know exactly whats for dinner! Do you?

Zac, one of our dedicated hydroponics experts on call, states that 'these containers can serve a multitude of beneficial purposes for the contemporary hydroponic gardener; Such as, isolating specific crops and strains ;as well as, containing and controlling disease and pest outbreaks'. Please visit hydroharbor.com for all your hydroponics questions and needs. Customer service is available Tues thru Sat from 11am until 7pm by calling 480 266 1559

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2013/06/27/grow-produce-anywhere-in-freight-farms-60000-truck/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2012/05/22/podponics-reinvents-urban-farming-with-recycled-shipping-containers/
http://freightfarms.com/
http://www.pharmpods.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbicide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_hormone

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Building Bridges between Hydroculture and Permaculture


Urban Garden-Tomatoes, Peppers, Basil, and Broccoli by Nate. Photograph by Ed Grainger
There is a growing trend with using hydroponic technology combined with perma-culture cultivation techniques. Hydroponics is an advanced means of understanding and catering to plant biology. Give the plant access to everything it could ever need and the plant will do its existential duty and grow and produce to its fullest potential. Combine this with the perma-culturist premise to use existing natural systems to produce food; while at the same time replenishing the resources consumed during said production, and hydroponics quickly becomes a valuable means of producing  quick, plentiful, nutritious, sustainable, and environmentally conscious food production options. Aquaponics, a system of fish farming to produce nutrients for hydroponic crops has long been a viable option for creating a closed, sustainable, and renewable cultivation system (for some plants and fish); however, it does have limitations on the range of nutrients available for certain plants' biology; supplements do need to be used for flower and fruit bearing plants (either organic/or inorganic sources of phosphorous and potassium). When combining this strategy with a viable means of separating and reclaiming the supplemented nutrients from the hydro-culture waste by-product, and thus purifying the water used in the overall aquaponic and hydroponic systems (eg. bio-filters, solar distillers, reverse osmosis), you get a grass roots food production system that has minimal environmental foot prints. Hydroharbor.com is committed to bringing you the latest and greatest horticultural advancements available today; as well as, the knowledge needed to use them in an effective,  responsible and environmentally conscious way. Please feel free to visit HydroHarbor.com for more information on hydroponics growing tutorials; hydroponics news related articles; as well as, purchasing hydroponics supplies.

Sources:
Write up by The Wall Street Journal on trends in Aquaculture.
Hydroponics defined
Permaculture defined
Aquaponics defined
Urban Agriculture defined