Entries by Joey van der Loo

Buffering Your Water

Balancing the pH in your nutrient tank can prove to be somewhat of a challenge. Nobody likes adjusting the pH in their tank multiple times a day, and all that added acid or base is not doing your plants any good either. That’s where good buffering comes in! WHAT ARE BUFFERS? We can compare the […]

Anti-Insect Dislike Dip

An insect infestation is one of the biggest problem you can have in your grow. You may experience stunted growth, damaged produce, and if you’re really down on your luck, your plants may even die. At Aptus we believe that a preventative approach always works better than a curative approach. So, we always recommend to […]

Neem – The Organic Pesticide

Neem, nimtree, Indian lilac – these are all different names for the same tree, known as Azadirachta indica. It’s native to the Indian subcontinent, but cultivated all around the world in tropical climates. What’s so interesting about this tree you may ask yourself? Well, it is the source of one of the most powerful organic […]

Testing Ph In Your Soil

In this article we’ll show you how to take pH measurements in your soil. I can hear you think, why would you need to measure the pH in your soil when you already measure it in the water you give your plants? Well, your soil is alive, and there are all kinds of processes going […]

PH Basics

The correct pH in is essential for optimizing your grow. You can measure pH in your substrate as well as in your nutrient solution. Some professional growers even as far as measuring the internal pH of plants with plant sap measurements! For the sake of this article we’ll start with the basics. What is pH? […]

Transplanting Dip Tip

Transplanting is one of the most stressful moments for your plant. When it’s not done right your plant will need some time to recover before growing any further. Most of us already know not to disturb our plants’ roots when transplanting, so in this quick article we’ll show you another helpful method to minimize transplant […]

Square foot gardening

Winter is the season of hot cocoa by the fireplace and preparing for the new growing season. While it’s still early for gardening in open soil, it’s the perfect time to start building a square-foot-garden. The idea was conceived by Mel Bartholomew, who wrote the best selling gardening book: Square Foot Gardening. These are some of the […]

Grow Your Own: Sprouts

Summer is over, and most of us have harvested all there was to harvest from our gardens. Of course we still need a steady supply of vitamins and minerals in our diet. Well, we have just the thing for you, because in this post we’re showing you how to grow your own super nutritious sprouts! […]

To Mulch, or not to Mulch?

In this post we’re giving you an introduction in the world of mulching. Mulch is basically any material that’s used as a soil covering. There’s a whole lot of organic and inorganic mulch materials available. Think of things like straw, grass clippings, wood chips, leaves, but also newspapers or just plastic. Like everything in life, […]