Best Products at a Hydroponic Store for Explosive Plant Growth

This is John Kohler with
I have another exciting episode for you. This one, I’m on another field trip here. We’re
here in Rohnert Park, California, the home of Monster Gardens. Now Monster Gardens is
probably one of the largest online hydroponic stores, but they also have a retail storefront
here. And we’re here visiting Monster Gardens actually to share with you guys some products
that may allow you to grow better. Now I know some of you guys have been thinking “John!
This is about products! I’m not watching!” Well, good, turn it off now, this is for the
people that wanna really excel at what they’re growing. You can always grow in dirt with
nothing else, but you know the products can help you grow a better garden. If you don’t
think you need them, that’s alright, you may not need them. I like to use some of the
products in here—a lot of them in here inside are crap, I’ll tell you that from the get-go.
But a lot of them actually are very beneficial for in-home, in-ground outside gardeners.
I mean, most of the hydroponic industry is used for growing hydroponically indoors.
And there’s pros and cons to hydroponics, but what I’m gonna share with you today
is actually the cool products that may be available at your local hydroponics store
but you can also purchase online at So first we’re gonna go into the retail
store, give you a quick tour of the retail store, and some of the cool products. This
is probably one of the best hydroponic stores I’ve been to, because it’s really a hands-on
store. And there we’re gonna go into the back room, the warehouse, and show some warehouse
only deals with you guys, my viewers. Now we’re outside the Monster Gardens retail
store here, and they’re open Monday through Saturday, so that’s really cool. Six days
a week. But don’t come on Sundays. So let’s go ahead and go inside and check out this
cool store that’s like no other hydroponics store I’ve ever visited. So as you come
inside the store, it’s really cool. You could stand in one place inside the store
and look and pan around the whole store, and pretty much you could see all the products.
A lot of the different items you could just look, touch, and feel and we’re gonna show
you a few ones in a minute. So the first thing I want to share with you
guys is inside a hydroponics store there’s lots of different things and most of the stuff
inside a hydroponics store is meant for hydroponic growers. And these are people that are growing
inside and it’s highly unfortunate in my opinion that many hydroponic growers grow
with synthetic chemical fertilizers and whatnot, and maybe use some toxic things that I don’t
recommend using. But there’s totally a way to do things naturally, organically, and the
organic segments within hydroponics is slowly growing, I wish it was growing faster. I truly
believe that’s the really the way that we should be growing. That being said, hydroponics,
to me, is a wealth of knowledge. I’ve learned a lot of things from people growing hydroponically
and in the hydroponic interest, because that’s where innovation occurs. They’ve learned
about things like the micro riser, they’ve learned about compost teas to enhance growth
inside when people are growing indoors, and we can also as in-ground gardeners take some
of that information and then use it to our advantage outside in the ground to better
duplicate nature. So what we’re gonna do next, I’m gonna
take you around the store and share with you a handful of products that I like inside here,
plus some other cool things along the way, so come on.
So the first thing I want to share with you guys are right here. The main part of hydroponics
is the lighting, and these are a whole bunch of the HPS lighting. And one of the cool things
they’re doing here at Monster Gardens is they’re recycling your lighting, and I encourage
all the growers out there, once you have a bulb that goes bad, don’t just chuck it
in the trash, take it somewhere where it can get recycled. There’s things like mercury
in some of these bulbs and we don’t want that to just go in the landfill, getting crushed,
and then go in the ground. So take it to a place like Monster that’s gonna actively
recycle the lightbulbs to that that mercury does not end up in the ground and contaminate
things, but then can actually be reused. Really cool.
Not really gonna get into lighting today, but what I really want to talk about with
you guys today is this guy right here, it’s a light meter. I don’t think I’ve ever
seen a gardening shop that has a light meter, but this hydroponics store does. It’s the
Sun Systems light meter. This is about an eighty dollar product that’ll basically
tell you how much light you’re getting. This is the number one way to learn how much
light you’re getting. A question I get a lot is “Hey John, can I grow in the shade?”
I don’t know, is it full shade, partial shade, twenty-five percent shade? With the
light meter, you’ll totally know how much like you’re getting and you’ll be able
to see if you’re able to grow certain crops in a shaded area or not. That being said,
instead of spending eighty dollars for a light meter, there are now iPhone and probably Android
apps that will also do a similar thing for free…so save your money on the light meter
and download an app that’ll use your camera and take in the light and give you a number
so you can compare areas in your yard that have different lighting to see if those areas
are gonna be viable for growing fruiting crops. In general, if your crops are fruiting, flowering,
budding, this kind of stuff, you need more light than crops that are just gonna be in
the more vegetative mode and just producing leaves for you to eat. Things like herbs and
lettuces and leafy greens are fine in lower light situations and fruiting crops of course
need a lot more light. So next let’s go ahead and move on into
some other areas—we’re just gonna quickly tour around the shop here. They got all kinds
of different lighting controllers that I don’t really even know about, we’re not gonna
take about today. They got all these hydroponic nutrients here that are made out of synthetics
and all this kind of stuff that I’m not a big fan of either.
The section I want to talk about is right here and this is the insect control section.
So whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, even indoors you may have some insect challenges,
but outdoors especially. They have a whole bunch of different products here to prevent
insect damage and to get them buggers—literally. So—all these different products—I’m
just gonna go ahead and pick out one for you guys today. My favorite product to use out
of all these products here from a quick look is just the Neem oil. Neem oil is organic
and it’s from the neem seed, it’s just the oil of the neem seed so it’s natural,
organic. I actually use this in my garden. And this is what I use for things like spider
mites and aphids and all this other kind of stuff. I basically mix is with some Dr. Bronner’s
Sal Sud soap, the then some Neem oil and spray it on my crops, and it takes care of the bugs
every single time. It’s amazing. There’s so many different products you may get, and
they may be full of different things in there, but the ingredients in this is literally a
hundred percent Neem oil, so just pure tired and true. I like this one a lot.
Let’s go ahead and continue down this section here. They got a lot of different things that
kill bugs but we’re gonna talk about another one, another one of my favorite products right
here. Actually, that’s this one right here this is the Insect Frass. So the Insect Frass—this
is literally bug poop. So you might be putting worm castings in your garden, you might be
using some bat guano. This is basically insect poop, probably from beetles and this is actually
sold as a two-two fertilizer, but besides being a fertilizer, there’s two more reasons
with its very valuable. Number one is because all these biological activity. So there’s
beneficial microbes and there’s fungis and bacteria’s and whatnot in here which is
gonna add life to your soil. And the other thing that’s in here is that it’ll cause
your plants to produce chitinase. So what happens when the plants produce the chitinase,
is it’s inside the plant cells and when the bugs try to eat the plant, it gets some
of that chitinase and it’s like pouring acid on your skin, it’ll melt you. It melts
the shells of little bugs so then they’re like “Oh, I’m getting melted, man! Like
on—” what’s that…uh… Wizard of Oz! “I’m melting!!” It’s gonna melt the
bugs. So the plants are gonna have their own defense so you’re not spraying them. The
plants are gonna make their own defense against the insects, and this is how that nature would
work if there was all these different nutrients in nature, so that’s why I like the Frass
so much. Let’s go ahead and continue on. In past
videos, I’ve always talked about the Serenade Disease Control before and also the diatomaceous
earth, which I like a lot. And this is actually armory listed. I think that’s the end of
the insect section. Next let’s go over here and let’s look at the nutrients here. Now
you know there’s lots of different nutrients. A lot of them are synthetic and some are natural,
and I’m not a big—into nutrients a whole lot, but here’s a line that I was just introduced
to. It’s the Nectar for the Gods line, and Nectar for the Gods is a single nutrient solution.
So here’s the carbon solution, a fishbone meal solution, a guano tea, a liquid calcium,
Athena’s aminos, liquid bone meal growth enhancer, Gaia mania supplement, Medusa’s
Magic Soil Nutrient. So I’m not really a big fan of single nutrient mixtures. In nature,
there’s like no single nutrient mixtures. I like a combination of things to give my
plant everything it needs and let your plant figure out what it exactly needs.
So, speaking about that, let’s get into this next product that here’s gonna talk
about here in the hydroponics store. This is a very valuable test kit. This is actually
put out by Hydro Farm and this is actually called Soil Water or Hydroponics Solution
Test Kit, and this is Hydro RX, and this kit here—you’re gonna buy this kit and then
inside this kit there’s a couple different things here. They got little vial here, you’re
gonna fill it up with either water or hydroponic solution or they have a little baggy here
to fill up with some of your soil. And one you fill that in, you’re gonna send that
in—and let’s see if it’s a prepaid envelope here… Nope, not prepaid envelopes. You’re
gonna have to put a stamp on this, and then you’re gonna mail this into the company
here, the testing lab, and then they’re gonna basically send you back an email or
whatnot with an analysis of your water, your hydroponic solution, or your soil. And this
way, you’re gonna know a starting point on where you’re at and what you may need
to add, or maybe even subtract, from your soil or your hydroponic water solution, or
just your regular water. Especially if you’re on a regular water, city water, I definitely
encourage you guys to at least minimally filter the water before using it on your plants.
So that’s why I like using a little test kit. Makes it easier for you guys to test
your soil. Another thing you may not know is many local agricultural offices connected
with different universities also do soil testing, probably at lesser cost than this test kit
here. But this test kit just makes it easy. Moving along, let’s look at some other cool
things here at Monster Gardens. Over at this wall here is really valuable for outside growers—they’ve
got a whole bunch of different meters. So I always recommend test your soil, and testing
your pH, and they got these different meters to test the moisture, so if you tend to overwater
or underwater your plants, by getting a moisture meter you’re gonna be able to know if your
plants have enough water or this they need more. Overwatering is probably the number
one cause for rapid plant…losing their lives. Besides from that, they also have things like
the trellis netting. This is actually a really cool trellis that I’ve actually used on
my raised beds in my front yard garden. This is actually five feet tall, by thirty feet.
So this could span the whole backyard fence that you have to grow pumpkin vines, or beans
up it. So, really cool. This is a size you don’t see too much, the thirty foot long
trellis netting. In addition they also got some other kind
of clips and trellis and whatnot, but what I want to talk about next is some of the microbiologics,
and this is what everybody should have in their soil, in their ground. If you’re here
in the United States, two hundred, three hundred years ago there was these massive amounts
of microbes and things in the soil, but now due to soil depletion and erosion and construction
and massive farming and not treating the soil well, they’re now disappearing. So we want
to add these things into the soil for optimal plant growth. I’m gonna go ahead and talk
about just a few of them. Probably my favorite one in this whole little section here is probably
this guy right here. It’s the Mycos, or the Mycorrhiza. The Mycorrhiza are little
fungis—I wish they had fun-girl Mycorrhiza—that colonize the root zone that basically bring
nutrients in to the plant so that the plant can be more effective with bringing nutrient
uptake. Also it’ll actually reduce the amount of water. They say your plants with be more
drought tolerant, maybe like twenty percent I’ve heard in some case. I can tell you
I’ve used mycorrhiza on some patio tomatoes—and they’re patio tomatoes, they’re supposed
to stay pretty small—these patio tomatoes are crazy big, it was insane and they yielded
so much. So I’m really a big fan of the Mycorrhiza. It’s really gonna make the soil
work that much more efficiently for you. Another product I like here also is called
the Azos and these are nitrogen fixing microbes. Much like peas have nitrogen fixing microbes
on their roots, this will add that to the soil so that all your plants can be more efficient
at bringing in the nitrogen. I also have heard by adding the Azos and the TM7 product here,
which is a soluble hemic acid concentrate with seven micro-nutrients together, if you’re
doing cuttings and rootings, it’s gonna work a lot better and a lot faster for you.
Now, aside from these ways, which are basically single-nutrient ways to add microbes and bring
the life back in the soil, they also have things like compost teas. So they have something
like the Bountea, which is a compost tea, and the Bountea they have all different little
boxes. If you’re gonna make a Bountea, you gotta buy a whole bunch of different boxes,
and you put a little smidge of this, smidge of that, and then you brew your tea—that
can actually get quite costly. So instead of the Bountea, a more affordable solution
and what I like better is this stuff right here. This is actually called the Boogie Brew
Compost Tea. Now the Boogie Brew Compost Tea, it’s not
just separate, this little bag here has like a dozen ingredients. It’s like premium biodynamic
humus, worm castings, rock phosphate, limonite, soy, kelp, and alfalfa meals, cold water north
Atlantic kelp extract, nutritional yeast, ocean trace minerals, and vocalic rock powder.
Seventy percent hemic acid, from leonite shale, organic evaporated cane sugar juice. This
is everything you need to brew your own compost tea, and actually here at the store, they’re
actually brewing their own compost tea here in this little compost tea brewer. We’ve
got it shut off right now because I’m making the video, but as a GrowingYourGreens viewer,
if you come down here to the store here—this is only if you’re local—if you come to
the store, Monster Gardens, any time with a one gallon container. Up to one gallon container,
so if you don’t have a one gallon container, bring two two-liter bottles or what not and
mention GYG, GrowingYourGreens, they’ll let you fill up one gallon of free tea here.
I mean, normally they sell this stuff, seven dollars per gallon, bring your own bottle.
And for my viewers here, they’re gonna give you one free gallon to use yourself. I strongly
believe in compost teas for its microbial activity they’re gonna add to the soil.
It’s basically gonna add nutrients to the soil but also enrich and enliven your soil
so the soil can start making its own nutrients or make those nutrients that are already locked
up in the soil more bio-available for the plants. So that’s really cool, they’re
doing that. Next let’s go ahead and look at some other
areas of the store. They’ve got some hands-on samples that I can start playing with. Also
in this store it’s really cool because they got a lot of the different things like light
out. So a lot of hydro stores you’ll go into, they’ll like—they won’t have a
full display of all the different sized pots they have. They got all kinds of different
fabric pots, and regular grow pots… These are kind of cool, nice heavy duty square pots
here. They’ve got standard round pots too. And what’s even cooler about this is, say
you’ve got a pot and you need to get a little saucer for it, they got all the saucers here
on the wall so you can go by just like “Ok, this is my pot. Does that fit? Oh, too big.
Oh, there’s the right size right there” and they’ve got all the different sized
saucers because a lot of you guys, if you’re indoor growers or you have a patio, and people
living below you in an apartment, you don’t want dripping on them. They got all the different
sized saucers so you can prevent that from happening. And yes, as I’m showing you guys
all this stuff in the retail store, you can come here and buy it—but many of these products
are also available on their website, So let’s see, aside from these fabric pots,
some of the cool this I like. They’ve got a lot of cool stuff hanging out. This is badass,
this is called the Hudson Atomizer. So you want the best dose out your natural, organic
pesticides on your plants, you’re gonna atomize it. Atomizing basically, instead of
like a pump sprayer—this is like ten times better than the pump sprayer because you’re
gonna plug this in and it’s literally gonna make a fine particle. Also like a fog, but
not quite. Just gonna douse your plants with the natural organic pesticide. So I’m would
fill this up with some water, some Neem oil, some Dr. Bronner’s Sal suds and spray this
all over my crops as a natural insecticide. I’m literally spraying soap and Neem oil
and I’m atomizing it, and the reason for that atomization is because it will get everywhere—like
if you’re going out in the fog, I remember as a kid, driving my bike to high school in
the fog, I remember my face would just be dripping wet from the fog. So when you atomize
it, it gets everywhere. You use a pump sprayer, it only gets where you’re pumping it, where
you’re spraying it to. But atoms—when it’s atomized, it just gets everywhere.
And that means, you’re gonna get better leaf contact, which—if it’s coming in
contact with the leaves, it’s coming in contact with the bugs, which means the bugs
are kaput. So, really cool, they got the atomizer here.
Of course, they’ve got your standard sprayer here too. They got a whole line of filters.
But what’s really cool is these little demonstration things they got here. So this demonstration,
they got a little easy cloner here, but more impressive is up in this rack here, they got
little fish tanks and they’re showing you the little bubblers. So they got all the little
air stones here, and these air stones, you can see how much air each bubbler puts out.
Though my main use of bubblers are for when I’m brewing compost tea, we want to aerate
the compost tea, we want to put in some oxygen in the water. The oxygen causes the aeration,
causes the bacteria to flourish. Many people may not have an adequate stone like these
guys right here, you want to use a little fish tank stone. One of these stones here
is relatively inexpensive, maybe five bucks or so and they can put out a lot of air to
really bring your compost tea up to full spec. Let’s take a look at some of these air stones,
I mean you could see some of these air stones—this is like a fish-style tank air stone, you know,
not too cool, and then they got these little Eco Plus air stones, a small round, medium
round, and this is my favorite air stone. It’s the price performance leader. This
guy is around five bucks or so, maybe six bucks. Pumps out a lot of air for its volume,
and it’s nice and heavy and durable. This is the same exact air stone I use myself actually.
If you got an air stone, you’re also gonna need a pump to drive it to pump some air in
because we don’t want you using one of those fish tank pumps because they just don’t
put out enough air in to the water. To drive your air stone, you need a good pump, and
this is the pump I like, this is a forty-five liter per minute active aqua pump. And what
I like to do is actually hang my pump in the air instead of setting it on the ground, and
then it’s actually more quiet. So the reason you want a high power pump is
you want to really infuse the air bubbles into your solution. And I recommend using
one to two liters of air per minute, per one liter of liquid, so this forty-five liter
pump with drive and make about…maybe about twelve to fourteen gallons of tea. So this
one pump, you could actually run two five gallon buckets off of. Definitely really cool.
So you can have a lot of compost tea to feed to your little baby plants, and I on a regular
basis feed my compost tea to my plants. I’ll just brew a batch and I’ll do one section
of my yard, and then I’ll brew another batch and do another section of my yard, and I’ll
keep brewing teas, infuse it before you lose it, and I go around my whole yard and when
I finish the whole yard, I might give it a break a little while and then I’ll start
up again and go back around again. We want to always make sure the ground has enough
microbes and bacteria and beneficials in there so that they can help the plants absorb more
nutrition and bring it in your plants so you have healthier plants, more disease and pest
resistant plants, but also better tasting plants and produce as well.
This store is huge! They got all these little like salad spinner things right here so could
actually draw your salad—I think they’re actually used for some other stuff, but over
on this side there’s some stuff that’s useful to you and I, and that’s these guys.
These are greenhouse domes but this is a really cool one. This is a greenhouse dome that has
the built in temperature and humidity. Because you know, many—I’ve never really seen
one with this built in, so this is really cool you could monitor that. In addition,
they have little vents here that you can open if you’re getting too humid inside. In addition,
you can get a heat mat to put underneath here and then you’ll totally know the temperature
inside. Certain seeds like certain temperatures, and with this, you can monitor it accurately
to provide your seeds a temperatures they need to fully germinate and get the optimal
seed starting capabilities. And once again, these products are available
online if you can’t make it down to the store. Some of these products are quite unique.
Actually I want to talk about some of these also… They got different little trays here
so you could start your little seedlings inside. Let’s see, some of these trays are really
cool if you haven’t got—wow, these are actually quite heavy duty. If you haven’t
got into growing your own microgreens inside, and you haven’t ordered the trays, these
exact trays you need. These are more heavy duty trays that I’ve ever seen. Most of
the time, they’re flimsy stuff. This is actually nice and thick. You want to get these
trays here that actually don’t have the holes in there. The ones with the holes are
not good for growing the microgreens because the water’s gonna drip out, but these are
pretty rare and even rarer when they’re heavy duty like this. And to grow microgreens,
it’s really simple, and you’re just gonna get two of them and you’re gonna use one
over the other after you germinate your seeds and then you’re gonna take them off and
grow in there. If you’re into growing microgreens, I’d order a bunch of these tray so you could
have a whole bunch of trays growing in your kitchen. Be sure to check one of my other
videos on growing microgreens on how specifically to do that if you haven’t already seen it.
It’s super simple, super easy. And these are also the same very trays you can also
grow things like sunflower greens and wheat grass in your home as well.
Now we’re underneath all the little white reflector things and this is all cool, but
I’m not really into lighting. Lighting, in my opinion—like a lot of the lighting,
especially the higher pressure sodium lighting, you get a lot of light and stuff and whatnot,
they can get quite expensive and generate a lot of heat. So my favorite kind of light
for growing indoors is basically LED lighting and fluorescent lighting. They’re still—the
florescent lighting by far is the easiest and cheapest. You could go down to Wal-Mart
and get some florescent tube lighting and for growing most things like vegetables and
non-fruiting crops, you’re gonna be fine with that, even just over-wintering some of
your crops inside, some florescent lights, you can’t beat the price performance ratio
for just keeping your plants growing inside. So the last part of the tour here is something
I don’t necessarily recommend you guys buy online because it can get quite heavy and
expensive to ship, but that’s all the different products they have in bags. And they’re
different soil mixes. And this is really cool, I like that they actually have little displays
so you could actually see what each soil mixture looks like, and that’s really cool. These
mixtures are pretty much made for people growing soilless indoors. You can actually also use
these outdoors and amend it with compost, but that can get quite expensive. So I don’t
necessarily recommend that. Although they do have a couple good brands of potting soil
here. I like this potting soil here—it can get quite expensive—the Fox Farm Ocean Forest
potting soil. Some of their products I like down here, of course, are these: the worm
castings. So they got the earthworm castings here, the wiggle worm, earthworm castings.
They also got the Worm Gold Plus earthworm castings. I’d say between these two castings,
I definitely have to say I like the Worm Gold Plus worm castings. They have a high chitinase
content, they’re also enriched with the kelp and the rock dust, which is really cool.
And that’s like nutrition already in there for your plants ready to go.
The last product in this section that actually does kind of make sense to ship is this stuff,
if you can’t find it locally. I always recommend—especially on these bulk soils—you guys find it locally.
Find a local nursery, visit your local hydroponics store because in most cases, it does not pay
when you have to pay for shipping on some of these products, I mean this is actually
quite heavy. But I did want to mention this one because this is actually called the Coconut
Core Mix, and this is just a compressed block here. This will expand into like two and a
half cubic feet, this one little block here. Now, I like Coconut Core much more than I
like peat moss but coconut palm produces like a hundred, a hundred twenty nuts a year, and
those nuts are eaten for food and also the coconut water is probably my favorite beverage
on earth by far. But besides that, it makes the coconut husk that then can get recycled
into this Coconut Core that’s really good to hold water in your soil. I like this far
more than peat moss which is not as renewable, or barely renewable resource, in my opinion.
So yeah, always look for the Coconut Core, but always look for the good quality Coconut
Core instead of just any old one off the street. I’m sure this one, the hydro farm one is
a fairly good one. That’s pretty much the end of the tour here
at Monster Gardens. I gave you a little tour of their shop, I showed you some of the cool
products I liked a lot. Now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna go into the back warehouse
and we’re gonna share some warehouse only deals with the GYG viewers.
Now we’re in the Monster Gardens warehouse and this is where many of the different products
are stocked that may get shipped out to you—the shipping guys are just over yonder boxing
stuff up while I’m sitting here talking to you guys. What I want to do now is actually
go over some of the products that I’m gonna feature on the Monster Gardens website so
that they’ll be available to you. I know that some of these products can be very hard
to find, especially with extra discounts for my viewers.
So the first products I want to share with you guys are gonna be on the special page,, are these guys… the insect frass. I talked about this a little
bit earlier. I definitely believe in the insect frass. Let’s go ahead and move this to the
side… Next products are gonna be on that special page also, the Mycos and the Azos
extreme gardening. Add the microbes and the beneficial fungi back into your soil for better
results. Also the TM7 which can also help propagation and rooting much quicker when
used in combination with the Azos. Another thing that’s gonna be featured on the page
is these guys right here. The Neem oil. This is my number one thing to do for pests in
the garden. Try Neem oil first, it’s basically a hundred percent Neem oil, there’s not
inert ingredients like some other things. Combine it with the Dr. Bronner’s soap,
get one of those atomizers or just use a standard pump sprayer. Now I like to have a dedicated
pump sprayer for spraying my Neem oil and I don’t use that same sprayer for when I’m
doing compost tea or other foiler feeding. Let’s go ahead and put this aside…
Another thing that’s gonna be featured on the page is also this little test kit, the
Hydro RX test kit. It’s gonna be able to test your water or your soil or your hydroponic
solution so that you could determine what’s going on in your garden. I mean, if you go
in to doctors and you’re sick, they might do some blood test on you and the doctors
could figure out what’s going on. Well, without doing water, soil, or hydroponics
solution tests, you don’t know what’s going on properly and once you know that’s
going on then you could dial in what you’re doing to improve it. And that’s this product
right here. Now the final product is the grand finale,
the granddaddy that I’ve been waiting to show you guys, actually. And this is the one
that I would order if I were to order, because this is basically the all-in-one kit for your
organic growing solution here. We’re gonna go ahead and open this up and this kit is
actually from the people at Boogie Brew, made available through Monster Gardens. And this
is a super deluxe, Monster Gardens, Boogie Brew kit, and inside here, the first thing
you’re gonna get is this stuff right here. This is the Boogie humus. So you saw when
I had California and this is the Boogie humus rich in the fungal microbial activity in here
to enrich your garden with some of those nutrients. In addition here, you’ve got a whole bunch
of pamphlets and Boogie paraphernalia…so go ahead and put that aside there…and then
we have this huge bucket. Man, this is huge—oh man, this is heavy! Move that box aside. Man,
this is heavy. This is like a thirty-five pound box, so shipping on this is definitely
not gonna be cheap. So we’ve got a Boogie Brew bucket here. You can brew your own compost
tea, and this is an all-in-one solution to brew your own compost tea in your garden.
So we’ve got the little top and man, oh my god, there’s so many things—this is
like a kid in a candy store today. First, of course, we got the Boogie Blue water
filter. Whether you’re brewing your own compost tea or not, I encourage everyone to
get a Boogie Blue filter. It’s gonna take the chlorine out of the water. The chlorine
in your water can hurt the beneficial microbes in your soil. I mean, many of you guys probably
drink and buy bottled water, but meanwhile you’re spraying your plants with your city
water, your chlorine water, that you yourself would not drink. But you’re gonna later
eat your plants, so think about that one. So I always encourage you guys to use a water
filter whenever possible. And especially important when you’re brewing your compost tea, you
want to use filtered water, so they’re including this with the kit so that you can get the
best results the first time. In addition in here, after you make your compost, you’re
gonna have to have a way to spray on your compost tea. So whether you want to pour it
at the roots onto your plants, which I do, or you want to foiler feed it, they’re gonna
provide you the tool you need to do that. And this is actually called the Chameleon
Sprayer. So this one actually has a little dial here so you can dial in the amount of
compost tea or anything else you want to spray onto your plants. It’s gonna mix it and
then spray it on. So you can foiler feed or just spray this into your root to give a lower
dosage of the compost tea than full strength. And that’s what’s included too.
In addition, we’ve got the hemic acid powder in here. And this is basically a naturally
mined and ground up powder that can help your plants absorb nutrients more efficiently.
That’s a little small one-pound pack here. In addition, we’ve got the water soluble
sea kelp powder. I’m a big advocate of adding sea kelp meal, maybe even whole kelp—actually
check my past episodes where I’ve harvested my own sea weed and kelp and just added it
to my garden. You can now get water soluble solution, so if you’re liquid feeding or
want to do a foiler feed of this stuff, it’s excellent to do. This is basically gonna enhance
your growth rates from what I’ve seen. Next, we’re gonna go ahead—and of course
you’re gonna get an air stone because you’re gonna be brewing your own compost tea. To
go along with the air stone, you’re gonna get some air tubing. This is an all-in-one
kit. In addition, you’re gonna get the actual pump itself right in here. We could pull that
out. The Active Aqua Pump that I talked about a little bit earlier in the video, this will
basically drive two five-pound buckets worth of tea and you actually get a nice little
manifold so you got to just put the tubing into one of each of the buckets with an air
stone and brew ten gallons of compost tea at one time.
Next, of course, we’ve got the Worm Gold Plus. This is the high in chitinase worm castings
you can add to your teas, but also just directly add to the base of some of your plants. In
addition, we’ve got the Sea 90. The Sea 90 is the trace minerals, ninety plus trace
minerals contained in this little packet here. You’re gonna take one little teaspoon of
the Sea90 to one gallon of water and then water that into the plants to add the trace
minerals back into your soil. The trace minerals, probably more than anything else in this whole
kit, this is probably one of the most valuable things aside from adding the things back into
the soil. Over here’s a new product, it’s called
the Boogie Bricks. This sweet and sticky heavy mix, that’s what it says here. It’s basically
a high grade molasses, water soluble formula for feeding your plants. In addition you’re
gonna get the jumbo sized eight-pound bag of premix Boogie Brew. You don’t have to
mix different items to make your own compost tea when you buy a Boogie Brew. You just buy
this whole kit and it comes with eight-pounds of Boogie Brew tea, which will make a hundred
and fifty gallons. This will make a lot of compost tea to enrich your entire garden with
so that they can grow healthy, wealthy, and wise, like we all want to grow. And of course,
you get the Boogie Burlap sack. And this is the burlap sack you’re gonna be brewing
your compost tea in. It’s make out of natural burlap—has that nice smell there—that’s
gonna allow your compost tea to thrive. In addition, you’re just gonna get this standard
five gallon Boogie Brew bucket to brew your compost tea in. So, I mean, this value here
is about two hundred and eighty dollars of different products here, and on the special
website, it’s gonna be available for one sixty-nine. This is probably
the lowest price you’ll find on a ready-to-use, all-in-one compost tea kit, in a bucket, that
you could find anywhere. I hope you guys enjoyed this episode here
at the Monster Gardens today. I mean, I share all these products with you to give you guy’s
options, to give you guys alternatives instead of being hooked on nutrient solution. Instead
of being hooked on miracle crap fertilizers that you go to put out every week. If you
use these products that I’m showing you guys today, and you build your soil, your
soil and the microbes are gonna break down nutrients—and you keep adding organic matter
to your soil—that’s gonna break open the nutrients existing in your soil for your plants
to uptake, so you can get away from continually buying stuff and feeding every week. This
is a more natural approach that has been used in nature for thousands of years. Can you
go out and formulate your own compost teas and make your own compost teas? Absolutely!
I recommend using a tried and true product that works. I never found a negative review
on the Boogie Brew compost tea. I’ve been using it myself with great results and so
have many of my viewers. Hey—if you’re one that have been using the compost tea already,
post down below and let people know your guys’ experience, because in my experience, this
stuff just works. So hopefully this episode was really valuable
for you guys to learn more about what’s available maybe at your local hydroponics
store that may help you as an in-soil garden, but also some of the products that monster
garden has here in Rohnert Park. Once again, you can get your free gallon of Boogie Brew
compost tea if you bring your own container and show up that the store here Monday through
Saturday. And if not, you can order most all the products that I featured and showed you
guys on the website Now I chose to feature on this
video today because Monster Gardens does an incredible amount of work, more than any other
hydroponics store I’ve ever seen on trying to educate the consumer about the different
products in the industry. They have their own YouTube channel that has a bunch of videos
showing different products, comparing different products, and they do a lot of the research
and leg work and do a lot of trials and testing to find the best products that are gonna work
best for your needs. So hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again, my name is John Kohler with We’ll see you next time and remember, keep
on growing.

100 thoughts on “Best Products at a Hydroponic Store for Explosive Plant Growth

  1. Hydroponics is an effective system but it also have some disadvantage, you need to purchase some "plant food", nutrients and supplements that may be costly. Before setting up any hydroponics system, you should think about the advantage of aquaponics system, which can automate 95% of work.

  2. in regards to the air pump, why is it that you would spend 50 to 100 dollars on an air pump when you more often than not you are buying a water pump also, included in most kits is a venturi that injects more air that an airstone esp when equipped with a micro fractionating impeller? and it come with the pump for free?

  3. Hi John – my husband just started a hydroponics system and he's never tended to a garden before, that's always been my job so this should be pretty interesting to see how it turns out. love watching your videos thanks for all your help. GO GREEN!

  4. i like videos where ppl show more and talk less…. great info tho… i just don't have the time to listen to all this since you have a gazillion videos.  if you're gonna walk into the store, do so, don't have to tell us "so i'm gonna walk into the store". JUst a tip for better videos

  5. Almost watched the whole thing, then he said something like you wouldn't want to drink city tap water, or water your plants with it, then he became just another paranoid delusional. My tap water is fine, all tap water in the U.S. is fine.
    I think that organic is great, and I don't mind people practically forcing it on others, as long as the result is better growing, but then you say something stupid that ruins your credit, and I'm back to a tablespoon of powder. Too easy.

  6. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to discover aquaponic gardening system try Tarbetti Amazing Aquaponics Tutor (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my buddy got cool results with it. 

  7. I have purchased product at hydroponics stores for nearly 2 decades and have become friends with the owner of a local chain….yes, most of the product is crap…most of the hydroponic products are owned by advertising parent companies–no surprise, aye ?  I also am aware of the quality control of one main producer here, as I know a long time employer there…nothing like advertised (no pun intended).  Having said that, there are some terrific, well refined products at these stores for gardener use as well and you have to learn from folks–largely on the inside–what to buy !   Appreciate the vid…

  8. talk about carbon footprint and how organics doesnt mean more efficient, a hydroponic bgrow may be more sustainable when used correctly. stop being so biased. fuck.

  9. organic hydro is a lot harder than chemical hydro imo.  Chemical hydro can be really easy if you get the right tools.

  10. Anything that says "brix" is for sweetening your fruit.  Only use that as your plants are making fruit.  It amps up the soil microbes so they feed your plants aggressively while fruiting.

  11. Been looking at your videos and have recently subscribed….i'm amazed! I was wondering if it's possible for us to exchange a few words about organic farming on a larger scale and in a tropical climate. you seem knowledgeable about organically growing of plants and i wanted you take on it.

  12. Remember people, that "organic" is just another word for CHEMICALS. Plants use Nitorgen, phosphorous, potassium….etc and they are all CHEMICALS.  The plants don't know the difference! Just make sure you add the micro nutrients also!  (Just thought that was worth repeating.)  ALL things come out of the ground….remember?

  13. get yourself some fox farm ocean forest soil. yes its pricey but if you're only doing a couple plants get it! You will see the results in your plants. hell they also sell a 12 qt bag which would be alot cheaper than the big bags.. the 12 qt's will fill a 3 gallon container.. AKA 4 qts to a gallon. fox farm ocean forest is the best soil on earth IMO. Hell fox farm ocean forest is even Ph'd for you .. its in the range of 6.3-6.8 …. which is what we call perfection. you also will not have to add a single nutrient for about 40 days.

  14. i am looking into using the kratky method in my garden. how can i use organic liquid fertilizer in this method without making the water (with organic fertilizer) grow stale or foul? since the kratky method does not introduce oxygen into the water, it becomes anaerobic. will the nutrients and microorganisms survive such an environment?

  15. I have tried several fertilizers and the best I have found is Masterblend mixed half and half with calcium nitrate and a small amount of epsom salts. Also, for your buds there is Super Rainbow by the same folks … Magnificent plants

  16. I love visiting my local hydroponics stores, but some of the pricing is pretty outrageous compared to shopping at ag stores. Stoner customers aren''t exactly concerned with price analysis I suppose.

  17. Informative and non-boring as always. I trusted you with my soil based garden, I'm glad you cover hydroponics. It's obvious where your heart is. Still you weren't too biased. Great work.

  18. I live in Las Vegas don't you have your garden in Vegas. I thought a few years ago you had a veggie garden and you said your in Vegas .

  19. I love neem oil I don't use soaps, emulsifiers or surfactants though, because I haven't found any that are safe (for sure)… but it still works great when you just mix it with HOT water. You gotta be careful not to burn yourself and it shouldn't be THAT hot… but it comes out of the sprayer cold and does no damage to the plants. It kills insects far better too. When I spray it I can see bugs dropping off the plant dying that I didn't even spray. Just them being in the vicinity (2-3ft) away from where I'm spraying the fumes completely/instantly kill them. I think people should use it at their own risk. I don't think it's dangerous in any way, but I wouldn't recommend breathing it no matter how you mix or spray it and I don't recommend spraying plants that you're going to eat shortly after, even though it's reported to be safe. It is also NOT safe for pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant!! It is used as a contraceptive in some cultures and absolutely should not be used by pregnant women, even if it's reported as safe.

  20. john thanks for this video , i just contacted monster garden from my country Nigeria, im not sure of what i wanted till i watch your video thanks alot i was hoping you will talk on some of the organic hydroponic nutrients, im starting a hydroponic farm i want to know if i can run an NFT system on organic nutrients

  21. EXCELLENT!!!!! might be a few yrs old, but the info is still usable and FABULOUS!!!!!!! Learned much from it. Shall look at other videos from John.

  22. Damn I bet the guy at the counter is just like ah shit while john yells at the camera about what not to buy and cheaper things elsewhere

  23. I'm so sick of these douchebags pushing their products to these poor unsuspecting growers. Too all the fellow growers out here that are starting off or are looking to upgrade…….don't be misinformed….ESPECIALLY BY HYDROPONIC SALESMAN!!! Do your own independent non-biased research to find out what works best. Stay off the chatline forums unless you want to be more confused then when you entered. My personal suggestion…..check out greenhouse growing tips from REAL gardeners that grow fruits and vegetables and the Netherlands gardening techniques. Anytime these hydro-store gurus introduce a new wonder product to you, it's to put more money in their pocket. They are NOT doing because they love you.

  24. those liquid nutrients look very affordable..i am very interested.. i am a fox farms man but i always looking for some thing a bit cheeper..

  25. This guy promotes all sort of pseudoscience nonsense and misinformation that aids the corporate organic agenda, despite having nice looking gardens and some good gardening techniques. As mostly vegan myself, I am very disappointed in how most vegetarian/vegans are utterly illiterate in science and even hurt their own cause of not harming animals by promoting organic farming which largely depends on manure from slaughter animals. If all food was organically grown in the US, it would require several million head more livestock for manure which would also require more crops be grown to feed those animals which would require more manure, etc etc. Organic farming is a scam and at the commercial level, not environmentally friendly and completely unsustainable. Organic farming has a larger carbon footprint than GMO/conventional farming and is completely unrealistic and inadequate to feed the growing population of the world on ever shrinking amounts of arable land. Organic farming can only feed an estimated 4 billion people. Thanks to the Haber-Bosch process for splitting diatomical nitrogen from the air and converting it into ammonia, the world isn't starving.

    Neem oil kills bees at 1/50 of the recommended concentration and is much less effective than the newer pesticides which are more target specific and designed to not harm bees and beneficial insects.

    I could go on, but it's a waste of time when conversing with organic fanatics. I should know bc I used to be one until I became literate in science. I am a chemist now and have reviewed the research that contradicts many of the aspects of what I used believe. Almost without fail, every argument the corporate organic agenda is promoting is BS. Once I started debunking almost everything I had previously believed, it started pissing me off bc there was a very intentional exploitation of my ignorance and gullibility for a profit from the folks that I thought had more integrity than large corporations. Alternative medicine also is almost completely bunk as well.

    I encourage everyone to not trust anything I say as it is anecdotal, but please, become literate in science which will help you become an actual critical thinker. Once you become literate in science, pseudoscience will be blatantly obvious, so much so, that it will embarrass you that you were so gullible to believe much of the nonsense you believed in the past. Also, take away that you don't need to have a strong opinion about everything, especially things that are beyond your current training, education and understanding. All the best with this folks.

  26. Thanks for a very interesting post, here's some ideas for anti-inflammatory dietary supplements…
    Curcumin: Research has shown the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can be as effective as some pharmaceuticals, but without the negative effect of toxicity. This powerful antioxidant also supports joint health and cardiovascular function.
    Resveratrol: This extract found in red-wine helps to quell inflammation, regulate the malfunctioning immune response, and protect against cancer.

    The Myers Way© Paleo Protein: Ideal for patients with intestinal inflammation, this powder’s blend of nutrients and amino acids helps support a balanced inflammatory response in the body.
    (I read these and why they work from Mackyns Nature Guard site )

  27. hey ,if anyone else trying to find out backyard aquaponics system try Tarbetti Amazing Aquaponics Tutor (just google it ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my buddy got cool results with it.


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  30. Two channels I watch coming together I like. My Zucchini had powdery mildue and got some advice from monster gardens. Only one treatment so far will keep it up and time will tell but monster gardens has never steered me wrong yet.

  31. The light meter app just works like a camera's light meter. It will only tell you the total visible light not the par (Photosyntheticly active radiation) the light spectrum that plants actually use. Far red found in natural sun light will penetrate the canopy to a certain extent to force lower branches to shoot up and receive more light. A par meter or better yet a spectrometer will tell you if the shaded areas of the garden are receiving the right kind of light in the right amounts.
    The right frequency of blue light is the same as the sky forcung tbe plants to grow straight up. Otherwise they would move with the sun every day.

  32. To a plant there is no such thing as organic food. Plants take up ions and water…not organic matter. Where nutrients are concerned, if it is not a product in raw form, then it is in chemical form. No matter if it is derived from an organic source or synthesized in a lab, its all chemical. Organic gardening is about using nature to create those chemicals in a natural, safe, sustainable, and effective way. Organic gardening is not just going to the store and buying all the products that are OMRI listed and then patting yourself on the back for being a responsible consumer. Do you really think that all of the producers of OMRI listed products are producing their respective goods in a sustainable, safe way? In short: Just because something is labeled organic doesn't make it any better than the alternative. It actually requires dedication and effort to make it all happen. With that all being said, there is nothing wrong with using chemical nutrients from time to time to make your life easier if you do it in a responsible way.

  33. Did you just go into this dude's store and start saying not to buy products they have in stock? I would have sent you packing. Stick to the products you recommend dont insult a store while using their facility to film. Bad form.

  34. Hello sir can you guide me how to open hydroponic equipment, medicine, store.
    all that things which is useful in hydroponic farming .
    I want to open store. (Hydroponic)

  35. I love Bat Guano and Worm Castings mixed and applied as a top dressing to an all organic soil. Plants like to eat every day just as we do.

  36. Boogie Brew is the BOMB! If u brew this stuff and amend it with juicy stuff like rock dust and other great tea additives you can see EXPLOSIVE growth and flowering! I use Earth Juice products in concert with teas and I have been able to enjoy some delicious dank of the best flavor and intensity!

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