Grow with Grubbycup General Hydroponics Contest – Power Grower – Ended

Growing with Grubbycup

Special thanks to General Hydroponics!

The Grow with Grubbycup show plays on the DFZ radio network at DFZradio,com Tuesday nights 6 pm Pacific time. The archive of previous shows can be found here and listened to at your leisure.

As a thank you to Gentle Listeners; for the first venture into Smokey’s Prize Pit, stalwart adventurers have a chance to raid Smokey’s horde for a Power Grower from General Hydroponics.


Enter the contest by using the form below. You will be asked to

“like” the “Grow with Grubbycup” Facebook page, and optionally (for more chances to win) like the Grubbycup page and the General Hydroponics page.

Contest ends 7 January 2014 – Contest has ended


If you are a manufacturer or distributor, and you would like to sponsor a prize for Smokey’s Prize Pit to be given away in a similar contest, please contact me care of this website.

Bleach Tie Dye part 2 (General Hydroponics Shirt)

If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Bleach Tie Dye here .

I had so much fun doing bleach tie dye last time, I thought I’d do it again. This time I grabbed some shirts I had picked up at a Maximum Yield Magazine trade show

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For this batch, one of the shirts I selected was one from General Hydroponics (thank you GH). 100% cotton fabric works best, so check the label before you start.

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The shirts are folded and tied. Folds in and around the center of the chest tend to do well. The GH shirt I believe is in the lower right corner.

The ratio I use for bleach tie dye is 1 cup of bleach to 3 cups of water. The bleach can damage surfaces and skin, so use gloves and care when handling.

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Here you can see the dark blue has bleached out to reveal a maroon color. The change happens rapidly when it starts so do not leave unattended. Once the color has changed, rinse well with cool water, untie, and continue to rinse until the bleach has been removed.

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This is how the General Hydroponics shirt came out. I think it is much more interesting than a “stock” shirt, and is now a one of a kind.

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The above shirt was originally all black. I think it came out exceptionally well.

Especially for folks (like me) who are on a tight budget, a little beach tie dye can be a nice way to punch up your wardrobe. Just remember the process is not without risk, so the garment may wind up ruined, don’t risk what you can’t afford to lose.

I hope you have fun with it, and if you try it, please consider taking some photos of your results and posting them to the Grow with Grubbycup facebook page!

Peace, love and puka shells,



Rapid Rooters – General Hydroponics

Rapid Rooters by General Hydroponics
Rapid Rooters by General Hydroponics


I’ve had good luck with Rapid Rooters from General Hydroponics. They are used to start seeds or cuttings. If they dry out before use, you can re-wet them.

They work well as long as they are kept moist, but not soggy.

Rapid Rooters are single use.

Made by General Hydroponics

Squash Sprouts

Rapid Rooters

Squash roots in Rapid Rooter cube.
Squash roots in Rapid Rooter cube.