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Month: August 2016

Is Buying LED Grow Lights Worth The Cost?

Buying LED grow lights can be an expensive initial cost and many growers are concerned that they will never see the return. When you are thinking about growing plants indoors, you have to consider several things, most importantly is probably the lighting. Whether you are moving plants to a greenhouse, or into a home or garage, the lighting that you choose will determine the yield and success of the plants. There are many lighting options available on the market for you to choose from, each option having its own benefits and downfalls. Only one stands out and is both more economical and efficient than the alternatives.

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Gorilla Grow Tent Review

This Gorilla Grow Tent review offers highlights on the best brand of grow tents on the market. professional quality tents that are perfect for both expert and beginner growers. Their tents are crafted using fabric with a density if 1680D, making them 3 to 9 times thicker than any other grow tents available on the market. The dense fabric allows for a more efficient grow tent, keeping bad light and air out. This creates a perfectly stable environment on the inside leading to better yield.

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Differences in Indoor Grow Lights

As the trend continues to grow towards indoor hydroponic gardening, an ongoing conversation about which indoor grow lights are the best and which ones are the worst is up for debate. To discover which indoor lighting type works best for you, start by learning which types are available and the differences between each type.

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California Lightworks Review

California Lightworks LED Grow Lights are offered in a range of different sizes that are perfect for any indoor garden, or greenhouse growing project. The smaller units produce 110 watts, weighing in at just about 10 lbs. The largest, the SolarStorm 880 produces 880 watts and weighs roughly 35 lbs. Regardless of the growing area or crop you have in mind, California Lightworks LED Grow Lights ensure that you will receive the perfect light requirements you need. The two smallest LED units, the Solarstorm 110 and Solarstorm 220, are manufactured specifically for either a bloom or vegetation crop. The two largest units that California Lightworks offers, the 440 and 880, have the option to two switch between a bloom and veg stage making the customizability of the larger units a dream!

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Growing Indoor Tomatoes With LED Lights

Growing tomatoes indoors is a great way to have fresh tomatoes year round without having to worry about the weather outside. There are many ways to grow veggies indoors but the newest craze is LED lighting. Growing tomato plants indoors using light emitting diodes (LED’s) offers several advantages to traditionally outdoor gGrowing Tomatoes with LED Lightsrown tomato farming. Growing tomatoes indoors requires a LED that has a broad-spectrum range of color. LED lights must be able to accommodate the plant throughout all stages of growth, from germination and early growth stages, to flowering and fruit production. LED bulbs that include UV, blue, red, and white light in their spectrum are best suited for indoor grown tomatoes because they emit similar wave lengths of light that outdoor tomatoes would receive from the sun in a natural setting. Being able to successfully grow tomatoes indoors allows you to cultivate and harvest tomatoes year round, and frees you from the restrictions that outdoor tomato growing faces.

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Best Smell Proof Bag For Discreet Transportation

Right now if you need to take smelly product from one spot to the next there is no better smell proof bag than the All Weather Odor Lock (AWOL) duffle bag. The AWOL duffle bag was intelligently designed all the way down to carrying straps. The inside liner is carbon activated capturing the strongest of odors. The key feature to the AWOL smell proof bag is the wetsuit zipper keeping the unwanted smells inside and harmful moister outside. The carbon activated velcro flaps make a final tight seal. The tough exterior fabric is made with high quality military grade water repellent fabric.

The bag can be carried by hand, by shoulder or can be worn like a backpack. The bag also comes with X shaped straps on each side for two person carrying capabilities. This odor proof bag comes in two sizes, the XL and the XXL. In the product spotlight featured below you can see that the AWOL XL, which is the smallest of the two bags, was able to fit 18 FULL gallon bags of smelly popcorn with room to spare! The XXL is twice the volume meaning you can expect to fit about 36 gallon bags of product.

Make sure to not to leave a trail of stank behind you and invest in an the stylish All Weather Odor Lock bag today!

Indoor Herb Garden

If you are someone who enjoys cooking, or are looking for an easy indoor garden to care for, an indoor herb garden would be great for you. Growing herbs indoors is a bit different than outdoors, but equally as rewarding of a project to take on. Herbs, for the most part, require full sun, or a bright location. Finding that is most often the largest obstacle to growing an indoor herb garden.

A bright windowsill over a sink, or a kitchen window makes for a perfect and convenient location to watch your garden grow. Also, keeping it in the kitchen allows you to use it in your meal preparation. If you do not have the specific light needed for your herb garden, consider getting a growing lamp to supplement the natural light available.

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Growing Indoor Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown by home gardeners, indoors or out – and for good reason. Once you have tasted a freshly picked tomato that you have grown yourself, what lurks in the produce section of the supermarket completely loses its appeal. Given the amount of light and heat tomatoes require, growing tomatoes indoors for at least part of the season makes perfect sense – and in some climates, growing them indoors exclusively is the only way to ensure that they ripen at all. Unfortunately, growing indoor tomatoes can be a bit tricky to grow due to pests, diseases, and their need for consistent warm temperatures. However, with some planning and care, you can harvest an abundant crop of tomatoes indoors.

Tomatoes prefer to be grown at temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18°C and 30°C). Growth slows down and the fruits stop setting when temperatures are either below 50°C (10°C) or above 95°F (35°C). The tomatoes themselves will remain alive when the temperature approaches freezing, but the plant won’t grow any longer, and developing fruits will be stressed and may start to look a bit peaky. Tomatoes do best when the days are longer, and when placed in full sunlight, or at least the brightest spot available. However, it is possible to grow them in the complete absence of sunlight, if you have good grow lights, and you are extra vigilant about the temperature.

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Is Hydroponic Gardening for You?

Hydroponic gardening is the method of growing fresh vegetables without using soil. The growing method has several applications including vermiponics and aquaponics, which we will dive into a little later. All hydroponic applications have the capability to produce successful harvests. As the trend continues to grow towards sustainable living, the demand for alternative gardening methods producing food year round will grow as well. Hydroponic gardening can produce fresh vegetables and fish year around and help promote a sustainable life style.

Benefits of Hydroponics

This form of gardening can be done indoors, a plus for many people who lead busy lives or who don’t have land space. Indoor gardening allows you to tend to the growing vegetation after dark or before daylight, since you control the light. Hydroponic gardening also allows those who have no outdoor space to grow their own fresh vegetables year around. A hydroponic gardening system can be set up inside a home, in a spare bedroom, in a garage, on a lanai or inside of any other sheltered location.

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Powdery Mildew and Mold Problems

Powdery Mildew and Mold are two things you never want to see turn up in your garden. Indoor gardens rely very heavily on contained moisture and regulated humidity. This moist environment can easily become a breeding ground for molds and mildews. Not only can these molds and mildews cause damage to your plants, they can become a health problem if left unchecked.

If you find mold or mildew growing on your plants, rockwool or in the nutrient solution, the first thing that you should check is the humidity and air circulation in your indoor garden. Stagnant air allows mold and mildew spores to settle on the plants, and an overly humid environment allows them to thrive. For mild infestations, these changes may be enough to reverse the infestation, and ensure healthy plants. If the mold or mildew growth is heavy, you may need to employ a fungicide to remove the growths.

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Garden Pests

There’s nothing worse than picking a fresh ripe tomato only to find that a tomato hornworm has already chewed on it, making it inedible. Pests are the enemy of the garden, and indoor gardens are no different. While you may not find hornworms in your tomatoes, indoor gardens can still face their fair share of pests. You will find that most pest infestations originate from a plant that was once outside and recently brought in, or from a plant that was recently purchased.

Identification

Aphids, mites, whiteflies, and other similar pests can live and thrive in the root medium that your plants are growing in. These pests can destroy crops if left unchecked and in the case of an indoor garden, they can fill your house with flies and pests before you even know what happened.

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Plant Nutrient Deficiency

The balance of nutrients in the planting solution is essential to a healthy and productive garden, and a lack of one or more of the vital nutrients can cause stunted growth, poor production, or in the worst case, can even kill your plants. When a plant isn’t getting the love it needs its going to tell you. I know this might sound crazy but, the easiest way to tell if your system is experiencing a nutrient deficiency is to watch your plants!

A nutrient deficiency in plants occurs when one or more of the plants necessary food elements is missing or not being properly absorbed by the plant. Some nutrients, such as nitrogen, can cause the leaf growth to be stunted or older leaves to burn. Below you will see the left leaf showing iron deficiencies and the right leaf showing symptoms of magnesium deficiencies:

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Common Plant Diseases, Deficiencies and Infections

Here at Green Envy we are constantly getting asked to diagnose common plant diseases as well as suggest products for solutions. As owner of Green Envy Supply and personal indoor gardening enthusiast I have learned a few things about the problems you’ll encounter throughout the year in your garden. I thought it would be a good idea to address some of those questions here and write a piece on common plant diseases, deficiencies and infections. Indoor gardening is a fantastic alternative for people who don’t have access to a yard in which to garden but still want to add fresh, homegrown, organic produce to their diet. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as dropping some seeds in a tray and letting them grow. In our Regulating Temperature blog we talk about some of the basic problems you could encounter like temperature and humidity problems but lets just assume you were paying attention in our last class to avoid being redundant. What I want to talk about now is a little more advanced than your regular overheating problem. Here I’m going to address some of the most common plant problems that indoor gardeners experience such as:

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What are HID Grow Lights?

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) are two types of HID bulbs that are good for indoor growing. MH bulbs produce light in the blue spectrum. This light is better for plant growth during the vegetative stage as it promotes stem, branch and leaf growth . HPS bulbs produce light in the orange to red spectrum. The light produced in the orange to red spectrum triggers the release of plant hormones used in the flowering stages. You can usually expect higher yields when growing with HPS bulbs.

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Indoor Grow Kits Are The Wave Of The Future

The main excuse people give for not growing their own fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits is not having the knowledge to grow plants. The second excuse is not having the time to invest in gardening. All-in-one indoor grow kits, like the 5×5 Kind LED Grow Tent Kit sold here at Green Envy Supply, take away both of those excuses and gives you a reason to start growing your own organic food today!

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