Sunday, June 19, 2016

Indoor Gardening vs Outdoor Gardening

Often time’s people use gardening as a way to get outside and to connect with nature, but as important as connecting with nature is, sometimes getting outside can be tough. 

Whether you are older or you live in a seasonable climate there can be many reasons not to go outside and garden. Some people don’t have a lot of time to spend outside and often times many start garden projects and simply can't find time again to tend to them. 

If you want a garden but don’t have the time or motivation for one you should consider an indoor garden. Some have a preference to indoor gardening rather then an outdoor garden because they find them easier to take care of. 

Putting the effort into keeping a indoor garden growing is every bit as rewarding as having a garden outdoors. Indoor gardens are much easier to manage, can cost a lot less, and no toxic pesticides. 

So instead of having to spend your time picking out weeds from the ground and making sure that bugs and rodents are not eating your crops, you can really enjoy your plants and what they give to you. 

A lot of people have flower gardens that are just for show but, of course, some also grow for food. In the case of food gardens it is possible for an indoor garden to yield herbs a lot better than outdoor gardens. 

Keeping the plants moist is a main priority when indoor gardening because these plants do not get the rain or water run-off like outdoor gardens do. But, you also need to be careful because it is possible to overwater as well, as the soil of your indoor gardens doesn’t go on forever. Having access to your indoor garden all the time and keeping an eye on your plants you will soon know exactly how much water they need, even as the seasons change. 

Another very important element to successful indoor gardening is light. Light is very important to your plants. During the winter season there may not be enough light for some plants and/or you may just not have the proper exposure in any season. 

In this situation you may want to consider grow lights. LED grow lights work very well and in most cases require nothing more then a standard household fixture. To learn more about LED grow lights visit 

The beauty of indoor gardening is that you can expand the garden to make it bigger and better as space allows. There are always different ways and types of indoor gardens to choose from, which makes it exciting if you want to try something new. 

There are certain types of indoor gardens that involve growing in water, which can make for a very decorative addition to the house, not to mention the natural humidity. In fact, indoor gardening in this manner allows you to grow things that you wouldn’t even be able to grow in your outdoor garden! 

Indoor gardening is truly wonderful and the garden can be beautiful. They are somewhat easier to take care of then their outdoor counterpart, and don’t require as much time to keep them thriving, which is a blessing for those who are busy. 

If you like fresh herbs you can grow your own and create tasty meals while having a stylish kitchen to show off. Indoor gardening is a great hobby and lets you bring a little bit of nature inside into your life! 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Which Grow Light Bulb is the Best Choice?

Spring and summer can only last for so long before the cold, snowy days of winter take over everything, including your garden. 

This can be a difficult thing to face for many of us gardeners because we rely on the food that they grow during the summer to eat, and hate to eat store bought food because we don’t know how its been grown. 

Herbs are one item that many people are especially particular with. Herbs bought in stores aren’t usually as potent or flavourful as the herbs that are grown in our own gardens. 

So instead of buying these store bought items once the outdoor growing season has passed, many gardeners start an indoor herb garden so that their herbs are available all year long. With the proper setup the transition from outside to inside can be painless. 

The easiest way for you to make the environment in your home suitable for your herbs is to purchase LED grow light bulbs. There are a variety of LED light bulbs to choose from for growing your herbs indoors, it just takes a little bit of research to decide on which grow light bulbs best suits you and your herbs’ needs. 

Benefits Using LED Grow Light Bulbs 

LED grow light bulbs are an amazing choice to make for your herbs because they can grow any type of indoor plant. 

These grow light bulbs may cost a bit more up front, but are well worth every penny because of how well your plants will grow with them. 

LED grow light bulbs consume very little energy, so the cost operate them is minimal, as well, they have an extremely long lifespan. Its not unusual for an LED grow light to work for years (average 50,000 hours). 

With LED grow light bulbs, there is very little risk of burning your plants, the bulb gives off very little heat. 

LED grow lights can help to improve the life and health of the plants. The light produced by the LED bulb can be customizes and is designed to give off just the light that your plant needs. 

The best thing about these grow light bulbs is how simply they can be install in your home. They fit in any standard lamp or light socket so you can design your herb growing center the way you like it! ~ 

To Learn more about LED Grow Light Bulbs 


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Indoor Grow Lights for Growing Herbs

Whether you are a novice or an expert gardener, you will find yourself comparing indoor grow lights once you begin to grow herbs indoors. There are quite a wide variety of options; this can cause confusion for a new gardener. 

Not all grow lights are the same, so let’s have a look at options available for growing herbs. 

Plants respond to different kinds of light. There are lights on each end of the light spectrum. Blue and red light has the greatest impact on photosynthesis. Because of this, purchasing a full spectrum light will ensure your plants get the type of light needed, although a light that offers just the red and blue spectrum will do just as nicely. 

Types of Indoor Grow Lights 

  • Incandescent Indoor Grow Lights 

These are the cheapest option for indoor grow lights. In general, they will work perfectly fine for most plants. They should be placed at least two feet above the plants, they can get extremely hot, they are not an energy efficient choice. Another downside to these lights are that they only last about 1,000 hours, so they will need to be replaced often. 

  • Fluorescent Indoor Grow Lights 

Fluorescent is a very popular option for indoor grow lights. They are more energy efficient then incandescent, and they can last around 20,000 hours. Fluorescents lean towards blue portion of the light spectrum, which is optimal for vegetation (leafy plants). 

  • High Output Fluorescent Indoor Grow Lights 

These are a step above the normal fluorescent lights. High output are still energy efficient, have a slimmer profile, and generate three times the light then a regular fluorescent for your plants.  

  • LED Indoor Grow Lights 

LED lights are always increasing in popularity. With their versatility they can be used in our homes or in greenhouses. Smaller LEDs with lower wattages are able to be used with any standard household fixture. Larger more powerful LEDs can easily be suspended from any structure. 

While the larger LED indoor grow lights are usually provide a broader spectrum of light, the smaller ones focus more on the red and blue portion of the light spectrum, which is perfect for your indoor plants. 

By utilizing just the blue and red light, the LED grow light is a much more efficient option, producing only the light your plant needs. Very little energy is wasted. As well, LEDs operate at a low temperature, reducing the risk of burning your plants, and have a long life span, up to 50,000 hours in most cases. 

Choosing Which Indoor Grow Light To Use

When deciding which indoor grow light to select, it’s important to determine where your herb garden is going to be located. If space allows in your kitchen and you decide to display your garden, a fluorescent light may be your light of choice because it offers a more natural light. 

On the other hand, if you choice is to grow your herbs in a pantry, a closet, or a separate part of the house where the colour of the light is not important, you may lean towards the LED indoor grow light. The red and blue light does cast a purple light that isn't always complimentary to its surroundings. 

To learn more about LED Indoor Grow Lights visit 

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

What Should You Consider Before Buying a Grow Lamp?

If you are considering getting a grow lamp for your indoor plants, there are a few things you need to consider. 

What's the company policy on warranty? What if you want to return it? 
These are just a couple of the questions you should be asking yourself. 

If you aren't careful, you may buy a lamp that breaks or fails to work out of the box, and have no means to return the item. The last thing you want to do is throw your money out like that, so pay attention to some of the factors below to be careful when you make your grow lamp purchase. 

Find Out about the Warranty: Is There One? 

This factor is something you need to check out carefully with your new grow lamp. You are going to find, when you look at the variety of warranties, that some companies offer warranties that are very short. You want the warranty to be at least long enough to give the light a good try. At least a few months, no less. 

Of course, avoid the companies that have no grow lamp warranty, or an unreasonably short grow lamp warranty. ~ So, you want to be researching grow lamp companies before making your purchase to educate yourself on some of these topics. 

Look into the Return Policy: Is There a Catch? 

Most grow lamp companies offer a return policy, but you always want to check because with some of them, it might not be a standard. Obviously, you want a company with a return policy, but you also want to know what that policy is. 

There is a common catch with return policies and grow lamps, and that is a restocking fee. A period of at least one month without a restocking fee for a return is a pretty fair expectation. Sometimes people find they don't have enough time or decide not to use the grow lamp, and if either of those things happens to you, you certainly want to be sure yo can get your money back in full. 

If You Buy Online, where is the Company Located? 

Ideally you want to buy a light from a company that is in the same country as you, if you are purchasing your grow lamp online. If for any reason you wind up needing to send the grow lamp in to get something fixed, mailing something out of the country can be costly and take a long time. 

It is worth checking out how quickly a company promises to make a service repair on your grow lamp for this reason. 

Do Other Customers Say Good Things About the Company? 

Look at the online reviews on the company and do your research about what other customers are saying. 

Does the company have a good reputation in regards to their grow lamps? 
Do they treat their customers in good way? 

What other people say on social media matters, so it's worth it to take a few minutes to read reviews. 


By following these simple suggestions on what you should look for when you purchase a grow lamp, you will be able to make an educated purchase. 

Now it's time to get going on finding the grow lamp that's right for you! 

Brent Douglas 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Best Plant Grow Light for Indoor Herb Gardens

Herbs are extremely useful plants. 

Depending on the type of herb that you are growing, you can use them to spice up your food dishes, add flavor to drinks such as tea, and use them for many medical conditions. 

People love growing herbs for all of these reasons and more. 

But if you grow them outdoors, you have the issue of buying them prepackaged from stores during the winter with no guarantee that they are fresh. 

As well, you have no idea how they were grown, or if they have pesticides on them! 

And most of time, prepackaged herbs just don’t taste as good as they would if you had grown them yourself. 

This problem can be easily solved with plant grow lights, which allows you to grow your herbs indoors, during the the winter months. 

Plant grow lights come in a variety of sizes, wattages, brand, and type, based on how many, and what type of herbs you will be growing. 

Plant grow lights are easy to install and can be found in almost any online or physical store that sells plants or plant accessories. 

Determining What Type of Plant Grow Light You Need 

Since there are such a large variety of plant grow lights, it helps to do a little bit of research to discover which light will suit your indoor herb garden's needs the best. 

There is a wide array of different types of light fixtures that you can buy for your herb garden. You should choose the fixture that will best fit over all of your herbs, so that you can get the maximum use out of the light. 

Once you find your perfect fixture, it is time to pick your plant grow light. 

Fluorescent Plant Grow Lights 

A great type of plant grow light is CFL (compact fluorescent). These grow lights are affordable and are readily available. 

These plant grow lights produce high levels of lumens. The most common being over 2000 lumens, which creates a large yield of light evenly distributed over your herbs. 

Despite there being a high level of light, the heat is fairly low so that it doesn’t burn your herbs. These plant grow lights have a long life expectancy so you don’t have to change them very often. 

HID Plant Grow Lights 

A commonly known type of plant grow light is HID (High-Intensity Discharge Lamp). 
These grow lights are known for their warm, white light that they give off. 

This type of plant grow light promotes a lot of vegetation and blooming from herbs. These lights are available in a wide range of wattage, all the way from a 150 to 1500. 

LED Plant Grow Lights 

Another of the more common types of plant grow light is the LED (Light Emitting Diode). These plant grow lights are powerful, and are known for greatly improving the quality of herbs. 

They help tremendously with your plants growth patterns, and have even been reported to increase the leaf count of herbs! 

Not only are they amazing for increasing the quality of your herbs, but they are also wonderfully economical. 

LED plant grow lights generate large amounts of artificial sunlight while at the same time, using very little electricity.

To learn more about LED Grow Lights visit 

All of these plant grow lights are great choices for promoting growth from your indoor herbs, try one of each and do some research to decide which ones work best for your herb garden. 

Brent Douglas 
48th Street North Hydroponics

Sunday, May 29, 2016

How to Choose the Best Grow Lights for Indoor Gardening

Flowers and plants make the basic decorations you find in our homes, offices, and shopping centres. Vegetables are also grown indoors, even if indoor gardening starts from a more basic concept. 

Indoor gardens using artificial light, have the major advantage of not having to deal with weeds, and using toxic herbicides to destroy the unwanted vegetation. Plus, the indoor gardener has a direct influence on the soil, in the absence of the outdoor weather. 

You know the saying, 'We Are What We Eat!' 
This does not only apply to people, but to plants as well. 

When indoor gardening, no indoor plant will survive if it lacks access to the right nutrients, water, and light. Yes, light energy is a very important factor that determines the health of an indoor plant. 

Plants are autotroph's, capable of producing their own food from the nutrients that they absorb. Light is the driving force that stimulates plant enzymes to photosynthesize. 

Without the proper light, a plant may not be able to manufacture its own food properly. If it is unable to do so, chances are there will not be enough food produced to ensure proper development of its essential parts. 

So if you are an indoor gardener, it is of paramount importance that you get the proper type of indoor grow lights. 

Two of the most common grow lights for indoor gardeners are LED (Light Emitting Diode) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent). 

The reason these grow lights are so popular are their very big benefits. 

Until CFLs and LEDs were made available to the market, indoor gardeners only choice was to use incandescent grow lights or ordinary fluorescent lamps. 

Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs have been used in lab experiments in the old days, and can produce the right type of light that plants need. 

However, incandescent is an energy-eater. It consumes way too much electricity, and can be a burden to an indoor gardener's pocket book in the long run. Not to mention, incandescent bulbs have somewhat short lifespan (average of 750 hours). 

So, the indoor gardener in the old days would need to buy replacement bulbs quite often, which would be quite burdensome to the budget. 

Ordinary fluorescent grow lights are not a viable solution either because they also are not really efficient in using energy. As well, they have a limited lifespan as well. 

With CFLs and LEDs though, the indoor gardener will not face the same issues that the incandescent indoor grow lights bring. 

Both are very energy efficient, and will help indoor gardeners save on their utility bills. 

Not to mention, CFLs and LEDs are very durable and can last for long hours. Some CFLs can go on for 10,000 hours or more. 

LEDs can go even longer than that. In fact, LED grow lights can feed your indoor plants for more than 50,000 hours. 

Both CFL and LED indoor grow lights may have higher up front costs compared to ordinary lighting. However, when indoor gardening, the long term benefits that they offer will certainly save in the long run. 

To learn more about LED Grow Lights 

Brent Douglas 
48th Street North Hydroponics

Sunday, April 10, 2016

5 Minute Guide to Growing Lights

‘Growing lights’ by definition are an artificial light source used to emit an electromagnetic spectrum appropriate to stimulate photosynthesis where there is no natural light or supplementary light is required. 

In other words, a specifically designed light that emits light that plants use to grow.

Typical uses for growing lights are horticulture, indoor gardening, plant propagation, and food production. For the most part in the industrial sector, but more and more, finding their way into our homes.

There are several different types of growing lights, High Intensity Discharge (HID), Florescent, and Light Emitting Diode (LED).

Lets take a look at each of these and varieties of each.

1. The most popular growing light is the ‘High Intensity Discharge’ or HID because they are the most efficient, producing the most lumens per watt of energy. All HID require a ballast and wattages range from 150 to 1000 watts, 600 being the popular and most efficient, energy in to lumens out,  followed by the 1000 watt lights.

HID has three varieties;

Mercury Vapour - mostly used for street lights.

Metal Halide (MH) - the most natural looking light.

MH growing lights emit more of the blue to violet portion of the light spectrum, which is also more prevalent in nature in spring.

This helps the plant with root growth, resistance to disease, overall health and vegetation growth. (leafy part of the plant)

Metal Halide is commonly used for plants on display because of the natural colour, but need to be replaced every year.

High Pressure Sodium (HPS) 

HPS growing lights emit the yellow to red portion of the light spectrum, which promotes blooming and fruiting in the plant.

High Pressure Sodium is a more efficient light, with a life span twice that of the MH light, and produces six times more light per watt of energy then an incandescent bulb, but lacks in other crucial lightwaves. 

Therefore HPS is more commonly used as a supplementary light source with natural light. HPS also attracts insects, and produces a lot of heat.

2. Florescent Bulb growing lights, which come in two types, Florescent Tube, and Compact Florescent.

Fluorescents are not as intense as the HID lights. They are commonly used for growing herb gardens or vegetables indoors and work well for sowing seeds indoors, of outdoor spring plants.

Tube Style Florescent

Florescent tubes are known as T5, T8, & T12. 
T5 being the brightest, while T8 & T12 work well for plants that require less light.

Florescent tube growing lights require a ballast and have a life span of approximately 20,000 hours (two years constant running).
High output fluorescents produce twice as much light and have a very thin profile.

Compact Florescent

Compact fluorescents are the spiral bulbs that are largely replacing the incandescent bulbs in our homes because they have a longer life span and are more energy efficient. 

There is a compact florescent made specifically as a growing light and comes with reflectors to direct the light to the plant.

Sizes of these lights range from 125 to 300 watt and screw into any household light fixture, therefore not requiring a ballast.

3. Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

LED are composed of light emitting diodes that can be customized to emit only the light the plant uses for photosynthesis or growth. Making it an efficient growing light that produce very little heat and does not require a ballast. 

Diodes come in 1, 3, and 5 watt. LED lights used combinations of these diodes to create 5 to 1500 watt growing lights. 

The smaller LED’s can be used with any household fixtures.

Similar to the Combination MH & HPS ‘Dual Arc’ Growing Light, the LED emits red and blue light which allows a single bulb solution for the entire life cycle of a plant, from root formation to vegetation growth, flowering, fruiting, and overall plant health.

Brent Douglas
48th Street North Hydroponics