Mikes Nursery and Grower Supplies
199 East Fairmount Ave. 
Lakewood, NY  14750


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Welcome to the  Mike's Nursery official WebSite!
We specialize in the hard to find indoor and outdoor gardening
 products and hydroponics supplies. Mikes Nursery is Chautauqua 


First and Largest
 supplier of Hydroponic Growing Supplies

Black Friday Sale
Sat. Nov.19 - Sun. 27.
25 % off in stock items.
excludes Mulch, CO2, combo deals, and already sale priced items.
Gift Certificates will consist of Paying
$75.00 for a $100.00 Certificate.

All perennials
 10 for $20, 
and Shrubs $5.00 for $29.99 or less and $10.00 on $30.00 or more.
Trees 50 % off

To test your soil PH:
Simply take 2 level tablespoons of soil at least 1/4" below surface,
combine with 4 tablespoons of distilled water.
keep volume ratio 1:2(soil/Water)
Mix and allow to sit for 45 minutes.
Pour off extract liquid and test.
Best if PH is 5.0 to 6.5.
Depending on plants you have.

Adjusting your soil pH :

Once you have determined the pH of your soil with a good tester, you can amend the soil if needed to accommodate the plants in your garden using inexpensive materials commonly available at your local garden center.

Adjust soil pH slowly over several days time, and check pH often as you go. Radical changes in pH may cause osmotic shock damage to the roots.

Raising soil pH : (to make it more alkaline)

It is generally easier to make soil mixes more alkaline than it is to make them more acidic. The addition of dolomite lime, hardwood ash, bone meal, crushed marble, or crushed oyster shells will help to raise the soil pH.

In soil: add dolomite limestone to the soil; use small amounts of hydrated lime.

Lowering soil pH : (to make it more acidic)

If your soil needs to be more acidic, sawdust, composted leaves, wood chips, cottonseed meal, leaf mold and especially peat moss, will lower the soil pH.

bloodmeal/cottonseed meal during vegetative; bonemeal during flowering.

Raising hydroponic pH : (to make it more alkaline)

In hydroponics: use potassium silicate, provides silicon at an effective doseage. In bioponics/hydro-organics: add small amounts of sodium bicarbonate or lime.

Lowering hydroponic pH : (to make it more acidic)

In hydroponics: use nitric acid during vegetative; phosphoric acid during flowering.

Stabilizing pH with Dolomite lime

The best way to stable PH is by adding 1 ounce of Dolomite Lime per 1 gallon of planting soil.

Dolomite Lime is available in garden nurseries. Buy the fine Dolomite powder (There may be several kinds of Dolomite like Rough, Medium, Fine)

Dolomite Lime has been a useful PH stabilizer for years, since it has a neutral PH of 7 when added to your soil it stabilizes your soil at PH 7.

Mix the dry soil medium and dolomite together really well, give the mix a good watering then after the water has had chance to settle and leech into the soil a bit give the mix a really good stir. Then water the soil/lime mix and give it another stir

Best plan is to mix fine dolomite lime into your mix before planting. Fine Dolomite will help stabilize your pH; however, if the ph becomes unstable or changes, you can then use Hydrated Dolomite Lime. Add some of the hydrated lime to luke warm water and give it a good stir then water your plants with it. Give the plants a good watering with this hydrated lime added and your PH should fall or rise back to 7

Dolomite lime is also high in two secondary nutes that can often be overlooked by fertilizers; dolomite is high in both (Mg) Magnesium and (Ca) Calcium.

Understanding What PPM Scale To Use

CF, EC, PPM 500, PPM 700, TDS... What's the difference?

CF and EC
are measures of electrically charged nutrient ions in a solution. Pure water will not conduct electricity. Water usually conducts electricity because it is full of impurities, in our case, electrically charged nutrient ions.  The two black dots on the end of Bluelab nutrient probes are called electrodes. When these are placed in a solution, an electrical current passes from one electrode, through the water to the other electrode and counts the number of electrically charged ions present. This represents the units measured - CF or EC.

PPM measures parts per million. ppm is known as dimensionless quantities; that is, they are pure numbers with no associated units of measurement. A mass concentration of 2mg/kg - 2 parts per million - 2ppm - 2 x 10-6.

There are many different scales used for different industries around the world and for many different reasons! Did you even know there are more than two scales? The most widely used scales in Hydroponics are the 500 scale, 650 scale and the 700 scale.

What's the difference?
 The ppm 700 scale is based on measuring the KCl or potassium chloride content of a solution. The ppm 500 is based on measuring the NaCl or sodium chloride content of a solution and is also referred to as TDS - total dissolved solids. Individual nutrient ions have different electrical effects! The true ppm of a solution can only be determined by a chemical analysis. ppm cannot be accurately measured by a CF or EC meter. They are present on Bluelab products as a conversion guide only. The conversion is as follows:

2.4EC x 500 = 1200ppm (500 scale) or 1200ppm / 500 = 2.4EC

2.4EC x 700 = 1680ppm (700 scale) or 1680ppm / 700 = 2.4EC

If you are reading from a book that says you should grow your crop at 1100ppm - how do you know which scale the writer is referring to? Is the scale on your ppm meter right for the job? If the book was written in the USA, it could be the 650 or 500 scale. If the book is written in the UK, it could be the 700 scale. If it was written in Australia, well it could be any of the three!

If you must grow using ppm, you will need to know the following;

  • What ppm scale is the book referring to?
  • What ppm scale is your meter using?
  • Which standard or calibration solution should you use for your meter?
  • What ppm scale is the nutrient formula referring to?
(Courtesy of BlueLab)

At GYOstuff, we do the research so you don't have to. So let's get to it... What PPM scale is your nutrient formula referring to?

Manufacturer Scale
Advanced Nutrients 700 scale

Botanicare 700 scale

CES/Cutting Edge Solutions 500 scale

Dutch Master 500 scale
Dyna-Gro 500 scale

FoxFarm 700 scale using dechlorinated tap water

General Hydroponics 500 scale using reverse osmosis water

General Organics 500 scale using reverse osmosis water

House & Garden 700 scale

Humboldt Nutrients 500 scale
Hydro Organics/Earth Juice     500 scale
Nectar for the Gods 700 scale
Rock Nutrients 700 scale
Roots Organics 500 scale
Soul 500 scale

Technaflora 500 scale

Now that you know which scale to use, check out our selection of meters.

Also handy is this PPM conversion chart:


RAW Products

NITROGEN Foliar feed Yes
PHOSPHORUS Foliar feed No
POTASSIUM Foliar feed No(organic)
KELP Foliar feed Yes(no more then once a week!!)
HUMIC ACID  Foliar feed No
SILICA Foliar feed No
YUCCA Foliar feed Yes
B-VITAMINS  Foliar feed No
CANE MOLASSES Foliar feed No
Full UP Foliar feed Yes
GROW  Foliar feed No
BLOOM  Foliar feed No


Blossom Booster 10-30-20
Jack's Classic Blossom Booster
Blossom Booster 10-30-20 is a Professional formula designed to produce more flowers and brighter colors on all indoor and outdoor plants. Feeds through both the roots and the leaves. This is the Original Blossom Booster with the proven 1:3:2 nutrient ratio– the quality is unmatched in the home gardener market. Trusted by many professional growers as a tool to fill out a blooming container. This formula will produce the same GREAT results for you at home.

Jungle Green

    Jungle Green

     17-15-17       Price $16.99  


  Use this one part in your Veg Cycle until you are ready to kick into your bloom cycle.    Jungle Green has the added advantage that it dissolves easily in cold water. Use
  on House plants with no other fertilizers needed. This applies to non-fruiting plants. Ÿ    Perfect vegetable growth fertilizer to get the size and fruit set you desire. If you
  are growing a non fruiting plant this is the only fertilizer you will need.

Better Bloom

       Better Bloom

        12-34-12       Price $16.99


 Specifically designed for the first three weeks of your Bloom Cycle.
Excellent for  flowers, tomatoes, tropical plants and any others that require higher levels of  phosphorus. This product really makes fruit swell in size. Extremely concentrated
 with no fillers added.

Yield Up

           Yield Up

          9-47-9         Price $16.99


   Increase your yield! Use Yield Up alone in the last three weeks of your bloom cycle for    a high phosphorus boost. Excellent for indoor or outdoor gardens. Specifically
designed for plants that grow longer than 3 months. Greenhouse quality for home or commercial use.


             Cal - Pow

              10-0-0        Price $16.99


       Calcium and Magnesium Booster! Ÿ


   Cal- Pow is not a stand alone fertilizer. Specifically designed to compliment performance when used in combination with: Jungle Green Better Bloom Yield Up ŸCal-Pow is an excellent additive to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes. ŸCal-Pow can also be used as a nutrient additive or foliar spray. ŸCal-Pow enhances our dry pack fertilizers performance.


      Diagnosing Calcium Deficiencies



        Magnesium Deficiencies

        Calcium is an immobile element.  In other words, once it is locked up in the plant tissue,
     it can’t be translocated to other parts of the plant.  So a calcium deficiency normally shows
    up in the new growth at the growing tips of the plant, causing deformed leaves and reduced
    root growth.  There may be plenty of calcium in the nutrient formula, but anything that
     interrupts the flow of water in the plant could cause a calcium deficiency.  For example, if
    relative humidity is too high, the plant may not transpire enough water to transport calcium
     to all of the cells of the plant.  As a result, calcium deficiency may show up as tip burn in
     lettuce or blossom end rot in tomatoes.  High temperatures, stagnant air and over fertilizing
       can make the calcium deficiency even worse.  So before reaching for a bottle of            calcium/magnesium supplements, make sure that your environment is under
     control, first.

Magnesium, on the other hand, is a mobile element.  In other words, if there is a magnesium deficiency the plants will strip magnesium out of the lower leaves and transport it to the new growth where it is needed the most.  So magnesium deficiency shows up first as interveinal  chlorosis on the older, bottom leaves.  Magnesium is the central element in chlorophyll, the green pigment in plant leaves.  So if there is a magnesium deficiency, the veins of the lower    leaves will stay green, but the tissue between the veins will turn yellow.  Magnesium
 deficiencies are fairly common in indoor gardens.  Indoor gardeners often use powerful HID grow lamps such as metal halide or high pressure sodium.  As the light becomes more intense, the plants need more magnesium to efficiently utilize the light energy. That’s why the
symptoms of magnesium deficiency are often more obvious in gardens that have more intense light, and magnesium supplements are sometimes required.

    Cal/mag supplements are commonly prescribed to treat calcium and magnesium deficiencies.       Since magnesium is so biologically active, calcium is often used as a buffer.  The calcium slows       down the uptake of magnesium so that excessive magnesium doesn’t accumulate in the
    leaves and become toxic to the plant.  For best results, most cal/mag formulas will provide      calcium and magnesium in about a 5:1 ratio.  The calcium and magnesium compete with
    one another for uptake by the plant roots, helping to provide balanced uptake.

   Not all calcium/magnesium supplements are alike!  So make sure you carefully read the labels       to find out what sources the calcium and magnesium are derived from.  Calcium
    and magnesium supplements may be derived from carbonates, nitrates or sulfates.

                        Magnesium Supplements

If you want a quick fix for a magnesium deficiency, without any extra nitrates or bicarbonates, the     best solution may be to use a magnesium sulfate supplement without the calcium. 
      Magnesium sulfate is fast acting, highly soluble, and may be used safely at the roots or as a           foliar spray.  Since it contains no nitrates, magnesium sulfate is an excellent choice during           flowering.  In fact, many “sweet” products designed specifically for flowering are loaded with             magnesium sulfate.  The magnesium helps keep the sugars flowing all the way to the
     day of harvest, and the sulfates are an added bonus.  Sulfate compounds actually help
    turn on flowering genes in the plant, contribute to aromas, and hasten the ripening process.

General pH Information

      What is pH?

A pH (potential of Hydrogen) measurement reveals if a solution is acidic or alkaline
(also base or basic). If the solution has an equal amount of acidic and alkaline        molecules,
 the pH is considered neutral. Very soft water is commonly acidic, while very hard water
 is commonly alkaline, though unusual circumstances can result in exceptions.
The pH scale is logarithmic and runs from 0.0 to 14.0 with 7.0 being neutral.
Readings less than 7.0 indicate acidic solutions, while higher readings indicate alkaline or
 base solutions. Some extreme substances can score lower than 0 or greater than 14,
but most fall within the scale.

          What is automatic temperature compensation (ATC)?

When measuring pH using a pH electrode the temperature error from the electrode
varies based on the Nernst Equation as 0.03pH/10C/unit of pH away from pH7. The error
due to temperature is a function of both temperature and the pH being measured.
 Temperature compensation can be achieved manually or automatically. Manual
temperature compensation is usually achieved by entering the temperature of the fluid
being measured into the instruments menu and then the instrument will display a
 "Temperature Compensated" pH reading. Automatic temperature compensation requires
 input from a temperature sensor and constantly sends a compensated pH signal to the
display. Automatic temperature compensation is useful for measuring pH in systems with
 wide variations in temperature. 


           What is EC?

      Electrical Conductivity (EC) is defined by the ability of a solution to conduct an
    electrical current.

          What is TDS?

     Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is defined as the amount of solids dissolved in a solution.


           What is their relationship?

      The relationship between the amounts of solids such as salts found in fertilizers is directly        proportional to their conductivity, therefore, the higher the amount of solids the greater
the conductivity. This is because when fertilizers are dissolved into water they become "ions", which means that they become positively or negatively charged and can therefore conduct a    current.

              How does an EC/TDS meter work?

       Two electrodes with an applied AC voltage are placed in the solution. This creates a current    dependent upon the conductive nature of the solution. The meter reads this current and displays in either conductivity (EC) or ppm (TDS).

              Conversion Factors

      TDS meters read the conductivity; the meter automatically converts this value to TDS which is typically displayed in ppm.


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