Mar
31
2014

Greenhouse Covering Materials

So Spring has sprung, and it is time to start thinking about getting your greenhouse or hoop-house set-up and covered. An important part of this process is to determine the type of greenhouse covering you are going to use. As greenhouse gardening becomes more prevalent across the US, the options for covering your garden continues to increase as well. While volumes can be written about the various styles of greenhouses, their designs and dynamics; the goal here is to just … Continue Reading

Feb
07
2014

Double-ended lamp technology and what it means to you

Plants have a different sensitivity response than humans to light of various wavelengths.  For green plants, the sensitivity to red light is the highest while it is lowest in the the green spectrum. For this reason, the “lumen” is not the most accurate measurement for the actual light being used by plants.  Light emissions may be regarded as bundles of energy particles which are called light quanta or photons, and to this point, most HID’s have been developed with humans … Continue Reading

Feb
07
2014

Maximizing PAR output with a new double-ended system

So as with the introduction of any new technology, there is a slight learning curve that needs to be addressed to ensure optimum performance.  The first most noticeable difference is that the double ended bulbs look considerably different than standard HID bulbs. The bulbs no longer fit a mogul socket; they are in fact tapered at both ends and require a special fixture in order to operate. Gavita appears to have been the first on the scene, and are the most recognized brand of this … Continue Reading

Sep
10
2013

What is Mycorrhizae and how does it help plants?

In gardening circles or stores you might hear someone talk about compost tea, mycorrhizae, or beneficials and wonder what’s the fuss? What is it and is it worth it? Is it actually beneficial? Recently the popularity of beneficial bacteria in yogurt and diet supplements has made us pretty familiar with the benefits of probiotics for our bodies. Probiotics, in other words, are bacterial organisms we consume to help regulate our digestive system and help boost our immune systems. Normally when … Continue Reading

Jun
04
2013

What Does P.A.R. Watts Mean To Your Garden

When indoor gardeners and horticulturists talk about indoor lighting or artificial lighting the term P.A.R.,  or P.A.R. watts, will inevitably come up. What is P.A.R. and what does it mean to my garden?  Understanding what P.A.R and what P.A.R. watts are is not difficult to do. It starts will a little lesson about the working terms you possibly see. For the most part, all we hear about watts. You might have a 600 watt light or are looking into getting … Continue Reading

Apr
01
2013

Greenhouse Films and Fabrics for Home Gardening

It’s greenhouse season, and many people are just beginning to consider what kind of structure they’d like, and what kind of materials they should use. When most of us think about greenhouses, we imagine those iconic Dutch glass structures. Glass lets in nearly 100% of the light (Light-transmission) and looks beautiful, but has many disadvantages compared to other greenhouse materials. Glass is expensive, heavy, fragile, and difficult to install. Single-pane glass is a terrible insulator, and can be very expensive to heat … Continue Reading

Feb
01
2013

Silicate: The new expanded clay pellet

For the last number of years, expanded clay pellets have been one of the preferred hydroponic mediums on the market.  It is an inert (contains no nutrients) medium, holds air, and is reusable.  Gardeners like the fact that these pellets cannot be over watered and the roots are able to readily proliferate in the container.  Unlike rockwool that you need to pre-treat and condition, with pellets, all you do is rinse the dust off and they are ready to use. … Continue Reading

Feb
01
2013

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get a head start on summer crops and a common practice for year round hydroponic gardeners. How a plant starts it’s life can have a big affect on how well the plant ultimately develops and matures. Improper care of a seedling or small plant can stall the plant’s growth and root development which can lead to slower growth, plant disease, pest infestations and poor harvests. The good news is starting seeds indoors … Continue Reading