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Clean Air Act: the lowdown on air circulation

By Hydrofarm's Kelley Ryan When setting up an indoor garden, air circulation and exhaust are just as important to your overall plant’s health as water and light. A successful gardener can use airflow to control temperature and humidity, which will help prevent disease and eliminate hot spots. So…what’s the best way to set up your exhaust? Keep in mind that hot air rises, so the best place to set up your outgoing air is at the top of your room, and intake should be closer to the ...

Winter Climate Control: You Know You Want It

By Jennifer Ruisch When the weather outside is frightful... Heat it up in your grow room! In the winter time, the interiors of most homes experience environmental fluctuations. When you turn on your furnace, the temperature increases and the air dries out like a desert. The cold wind outside finds ways to creep in under doors and through rickety windows. Depending on where you keep your indoor garden, you may have several metaphorical mountains to climb. There are lots of ways to ...

Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

Looking for unique gift ideas? Gardening gifts reward with healthy greenery and groceries long after the holidays have passed. Here are some of our favorites: The AeroGarden 7 is a complete countertop hydroponic garden with built in automated grow lights--it comes with everything your giftee will need (except water). The AeroGarden 7 produces an abundance of fresh herbs, greens, even cherry tomatoes! It comes with a Gourmet Herb Seed Kit as well as a bonus Grow Anything Kit, which lets ...

Drought Busting With Hydroponics

By Jennifer Ruisch  Word to the wise: hydroponics is water friendly. Anyone who is familiar with the practice knows this well. Newcomers might be surprised however, that upon closer inspection, hydroponics does not work quite how they thought it did. Far from being a drain on our collective fresh water reserves, hydroponics is a resource saver that can give the planet a leg up in the environmental fight for sustainability. In drought-ravaged areas of the U.S. like California and ...

Changing Spaces

By Jennifer Ruisch Sometimes the right place to post up your grow lights just doesn’t present itself. Next to the bookshelves? In the bedroom? In the corner where we put the dog’s bed? The options, it would seem, are few. If you don’t have quite the spare space for a dedicated room, and aren’t working with a budget that would allow you to add one to your current abode, try a little clever maneuvering. This way you can create a dedicated space you and your plants will enjoy, without ...

How It’s Made: Hydrofarm Heat Mats

Sure, you can find cheaper heat mats on the market, but you won’t find better ones than ours, which employ an exclusive manufacturing process that’s really kind of awesome in a “how’d they do that?” kind of way.     First off, our mats use USA made materials and are UL/CSA listed. Safety first, especially when there’s electricity involved, right?       Hydrofarm’s heat mats utilize a 5 layer construction and a bonding process that secures not only the internal layers, ...

Top Ten Reasons It Pays To Be An Indoor Gardener

By Jennifer Ruisch 1.   It’s a form of entertainment. Why go sit through a stupefying summer blockbuster when you can stay home and tend to your plants? No traffic jams, no ridiculously priced popcorn, and you get to be all smug about how productive you've been.  2.   Stress relief. Save yourself some money on therapy. Gardening is proven to reduce stress, and we all know that stress happens year round. So does indoor gardening. Go ahead and get your hands dirty. 3.   Keep the ...

DIY Low Profile System on a Budget

By Hydrofarm's Peyam Barghassa With Active AquaTM parts, you can easily make your own sturdy 2x4 low-profile drip or flood system for around $225! Here are the items that you will need: ·         A 2x4 premium white flood table (HGFTW24P) ·         A 20 gallon premium white reservoir kit (HGRES20K) ·         Either a Top Drip Kit (AAKDRIP6) or an Ebb & Flow Kit (AAKEF1). You could also put these together from scratch as I have. But it is way easier to just get the ...

How to Save Seeds From the Garden

By esteemed guest blogger E. Vinje from Planet Natural in Bozeman, Montana   Gardeners have been saving seed ever since we settled into one place and started growing our own food. Thanks to seed saving, and passing them down from one generation to the next, we have the heirloom seeds and plant varieties that are so prized today. It’s only since the end of World War II that growers have had the option of buying affordable, high quality commercial seeds; before that saving ...

The N to the P to the K

By Jennifer Ruisch There are a lot of ways you can give your plants a leg up on the competition, and one of the easiest is with fertilizer. But which one to choose? One must know the ingredient ratios and the existing soil or water conditions. Which ingredients to add? Which to avoid? The answers might sound complicated, but really, they’re…elementary. (groan) The Mighty Three First the basics: The main things you need to know are your macro nutrients. These are the pillars that will ...

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