Entries by Joey van der Loo

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! […]

L-Amino Acids

We’ve all heard about amino acids, but what are they really? Without them life on earth would cease to exist. They play an essential role in various critical functions of plants, animals and all other organisms. We’ll take a look at the role amino acids play in plant development, but let’s first take a look […]

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, […]

Silicon & Silicic Acid

What do you think about when you hear “Silicon”? Is it breast implants? Well, that’s far from the only use of the second most abundant element on earth. Silicon is found in things like glass, concrete, porcelain and electronics. It’s used in agricultural fertilizers too. Silicon has only recently been classified as a beneficial plant […]

Common beginner mistakes

Making mistakes is a great tool for learning and everyone makes mistakes when they first start their own veggie patch. We wouldn’t want you to lose hope after an unsuccessful first season of growing, so we’ll tackle some of the most common beginner mistakes in this article. That way you don’t have to make them […]

Growing greens at school

With the summer holidays almost over, students and teachers of agricultural school CitaVerde in Heerlen (NL) are getting ready for a new schoolyear. Last year Aptus first collaborated with CitaVerde in the project Green Production. Two classrooms are turned into greenhouses, in which students learn how to grow their own food and learn about the building […]

A New Greenhouse

Some two months ago we started working together in the brand new greenhouse of Karel and Carla Crombach. Here you can see some beautiful results of a few weeks of love and attention, with a little help from Aptus All-in-One pellet, Regulator and Startbooster. Karel and Carla believe strongly in the importance of organic food […]

CitaVerde Update

Time flies as our project ‘Green Production’ is almost looking at the end of the third and last semester of its primary year. CitaVerde College works together with Aptus Plant Tech to grow vegetables in the classrooms. We use very simple methods, but also innovative indoor growing systems and hydroponic systems. Take a look at […]

Karel knows what he grows

Meet Karel Crombach. He and his wife Carla live in the south of the Netherlands, close to the Aptus headquarters. Considering their strong belief in the importance of good nutrition they do everything possible to optimize their health. One of the ways they do this is through growing their own vegetables and fruit, and that’s […]