Feb
07
2014

ePapillon: an evolution in HID lighting

Every once in a while a new product comes to market that helps to change up the status-quo of the industry and helps to push things to the next level. Dutch Garden Supplies International has recently introduced such a product. Their recent release of the ePapillon ballast; a compact digital ballast, lamp and reflector system that utilizes the emerging double-ended bulb technology. This lamp technology focuses on the increase in Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) value, which is the light plants can use, as opposed … Continue Reading

Sep
10
2013

How Do I Clone My Plant?

Cloning is the process in which you take part of a plant and get it to grow roots and become another plant without having to grow it from seed. It’s a perfect copy of the plant it came from. This is great for when you have a unique plant that you’d like to grow over and over again. There are many ways to make clones of a plant. We’re going to step through one method that is simple, cheap, and … Continue Reading

Jul
12
2013

5 Biggest Mistakes in the Vegetable Garden

Midsummer mistakes in the vegetable garden are easy to avoid yet something gardeners do year after year. Up to now you’ve worked your soil, cared for young plant starts, nursed them through the transplanting stage and overall spent a lot of time and care in getting your vegetable garden started. Now your garden is maturing and the fruits of your labor are starting to show. This is the point when a lot of gardeners, myself included, get busy with the … Continue Reading

May
01
2013

Are LED Grow Lights Better Than HPS?

Growing plants with LED grow lights is currently one of the hottest topics in indoor gardening. Gardening with LEDs is fairly new and only done by a handful of gardeners so there are many questions surrounding them that the indoor garden community wants to know. Do LED’s really save electricity compared to an HID? Is the high cost of an LED made up in electrical savings? Can you successfully flower summer crops under an LED grow light? Personally I’m very … Continue Reading

Apr
01
2013

How to Protect Spring Garden Plantings From the Frost

Now that spring has sprung, folks are itching to get their plants started for the outdoor season. An important thing to remember is to make sure to protect your young seedlings from that last unexpected frost. If it is still winter by you, some of these tips might help! Frost protection can be achieved a number of ways. The first, and often times easiest option, is to simply move the plants to a warmer place, either inside or otherwise. If … Continue Reading

Mar
01
2013

Automating Your Grow Room

Automating a grow room will help keep a stable indoor growing environment reducing problems, saving time and increasing yields. Automation is defined as: the technique, method or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic or mechanical devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum. Some examples of common “highly automatic means” in the grow room are timers, temperature and/or humidity controllers and CO2 monitors. The most fundamental means of automation that every indoor gardener … Continue Reading

Feb
01
2013

Fluorescent T5 Grow Lights

T5 Lighting was originally designed in the 1950s and has grown to be the light choice of many indoor gardeners! In Hydroponics, T5 lights usually come in 2 foot and 4 foot lengths and appear in units ranging form single bulb to 16 bulb units. Fluorescent lighting is optimal for indoor gardening for a few reasons including kelvin rating (bulb spectrum) and lumens per watt output. Before we dive in and tell you what the best t5 out there is, … Continue Reading

Jan
08
2013

Best practices for your hydroponic garden

Here are a couple of “best practices” that can help any hydroponic garden thrive. The first suggestion is to check the parts-per-million (ppm) of the water you will be using.  If your water is above 150 ppm, you  should consider using a filter, specifically a reverse osmosis (RO) filter. If you are one of the lucky few that have a good water source, this is not for you.  For the rest of us with hard water, some of the best … Continue Reading

Dec
04
2012

How to choose a grow light reflector

How do you choose the appropriate HID reflector for your growing space? There are a number of factors to consider, from size and shape, to your wattage requirements. Reflectors come in a number of configurations, from simple bent aluminum wings, to engineered reflectors with air-cooling features, such as 4”, 6” or 8” ducting options. To get started, traditionally, a 1000W light accommodates a 4’ x 4’ square.  A 600W is used for a 3’ x 3’, and 250W would be … Continue Reading

Oct
24
2012

Got Aquaponics?

What are some of the benefits of Aquaponics? Aquaponics uses the fish waste to provide nutrients for the plants, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers. Aquaponic systems do not have a build-up of waste in the system, (compared to Aquaculture) which causes the water to become toxic due to the nitrites. Aquaponics utilizes this waste, with the natural beneficial bacteria in the grow beds converting the nitrites into nitrates, which the plants then consume as their main nutrient source. Other … Continue Reading