In today’s guide, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at hydroponics, an accelerated soil-less growing method which — when done correctly — eliminates the mess of traditional gardening, while reliably germinating healthy plants.

What is hydroponics? What are the best hydroponic growing techniques for herbs, vegetables, fruits, or spices?

Follow along as we reveal all there is to know about this highly innovative and rapidly advancing method of gardening.

What is Hydroponics?

Although most of us often think about hydroponics in the context of state-of-the-art industrial grow rooms and innovative automated growing kits, hydroponics has actually been in practice for hundreds of years.

After years of growing herbs, spices, berries, and even fruits hydroponically I’ve realized that there are really only two basic approaches one can take with hydroponics:

The rewarding yet tedious path, or the boring and easy path.

What do I mean?

You see, the rewarding yet tedious approach to hydroponics involves building a system from scratch or purchasing a pre-made system. I consider this the traditional approach to hydroponics. Sounds exciting, right?

It is, but you have to remember that this path involves checking your system’s pH levels daily, checking your water levels daily, filtering your water — pumps work…

Look, I’m a fan of any hobby that provides you with something to eat!

Whether it’s indoor hydroponics, or outdoor gardening… I’m in!

But how about this: we scale our ambitions down a little and combine the two into a mini, hassle-free, and great looking kitchen countertop garden.

The herb gardens selected for this article have to meet the following conditions:

  1. They have to weigh less than 8 pounds.
  2. They have to cost less than $100. There’s simply no reason to bust the bank growing herbs. Even the automated growing kits listed below cost less than $100. …

When it comes to plant cultivation I’m a big fan of any unconventional method or technique that actually works.

Unfortunately, there just aren’t too many.

Gardening is an established skill; we’ve innovated quite a bit over the last thousand years!

With that being said, within the realm of hydroponics — a method of soilless cultivation — innovation is ripe.

We’ve seen the rise of automated hydroponic systems for both small home gardens and even large scale commercial ventures.

And the topic of this article — fogponics — is perhaps on the cutting edge of hydroponics and could very well be…

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Lemongrass is an aromatic grass, native to India; it belongs to the family Gramineae and the genus Cymbopogon.

Ayurvedic practitioners in India have used Lemongrass medicinally for thousands of years, although the first recorded distillation of Lemongrass occurred in 1799 in The Phillippines.

Table of Contents:

Before we look at the medicinal benefits of Lemongrass, it’s worth pointing out that there are two main kinds:

East Indian (Cymbopogon flexuosus.) & West Indian (Cymbopogon citratus).

For the purpose of this article and…

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[This article is a re-post from — read it HERE]

Here’s a bold claim: Rhodiola rosea is the most medicinally useful herb that modern science has ever documented.

Think I’m being hyperbolic?

Well, I probably am. But the truth of the situation is that Rhodiola would certainly be at the top of any herbal expert’s best adaptogens list.

Adaptogens comprise an entire category of herbs that reduce psychological stress.

Along with Rhodiola, some of the top power-players within this class are Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Holy Basil, Valerian Root, and Maca.

[Check out our 5,000-word comparison article covering all of these…

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[This was originally posted HERE, on]

Every variety, flavor, texture, and aroma of tea comes from the same species of plant: Camellia sinensis.

To be exact, there are two variations of Camellia sinesis: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis (which is Chinese tea) and Camellia sinensis var. assamica (Indian tea). If a drink is made out of any plant species that is not Camellia sinesis, then it’s not actually tea. I’m looking at you, herbal tea!

Ginseng. Ginger. Rhodiola. Caffeine. Maca. Ginkgo biloba.

What do you know about these herbs?

Have you heard that Ginseng and Ginkgo biloba combined have been shown to lower levels of anxiety — especially in people with chronic anxiety disorders?

Did you know that Rhodiola has been shown to significantly reduce fatigue in students taking an exam?

Or that there are three different varieties of Maca which possess different medicinal benefits?

We just finished Ginseng VS Ginger, Rhoiola, Caffeine, Maca and Ginkgo Biloba. Everything you’d ever need to know about these wonderful herbs. Check it out!

(The article has an interactive table of contents that doesn’t work on Medium).

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Welcome to the second installment of Herb VS Herb, where we pair a single herb with multiple worthy rivals, then scour through the scientific literature to find out which herb is more medicinally beneficial. This is a long post. I encourage you to use the table of contents below!


For thousands of years, the growing of vegetation had to happen outdoors. The options were: plant outside, in the dirt, on your knees, while the sun roasts you to a crisp, or die of starvation. Your choice.

Since then, things have changed. Thanks to the advancement of grow lights, we now have the ability to adequately grow basically any plant indoors. In fact, it’s now quite a bit easier to grow indoors; we have complete environmental control of our gardening area.

This advancement is not just a matter of power and energy use, modern grow-lights output the correct color spectrum…

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