Aug 25, 14
So you’ve taken a look at how to set up a drip irrigation system and decided that it’s not for you. Well the good news is that there are plenty more hydroponics systems for you to experiment with. So let’s talk about direct water culture (DWC) today. DWC systems – also known as deep water culture systems – submerge the roots of your plants in a nutrient solution. This sounds, at first, like a bad idea since you can overwater plants, but that’s where the all-important aeration component comes into play. Aeration is simply the act of adding oxygen to the water to sustain the roots. The way you aerate your system defines the type of DWC it is, whether you use a bucket reservoir, prefer bubbleponics, or enjoy a re-circulation system.
Aug 18, 14
It’s never a bad idea to use energy-efficient lights, but a quick search for a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) can show far too many different types of CFLs to make the selection easy. One of the most notable differences the type of base used by each bulb. In fact, the standard screw-in bulb you’re looking for is the minority when it comes to base types on CFLs. Commercial CFLs don’t typically find their way into homes, but for the new shop owner or the rare occurrence of a commercial CFL in a residential building, you’ll find a strange socket that’s unlike the typical housing bulbs you’re used to. Let’s unpack the differences so you’ll be ready to get the right replacement bulb if you find yourself here.
Aug 11, 14
Let’s talk about drip systems. With so many hydro systems available, why should you pick a drip system over a nutrient film or ebb and flow system? Simplicity is one reason. A drip system is really simple to set up and has been used in outdoor gardens and larger irrigation systems for a long time while film and ebb and flow systems require more careful monitoring and can be tricky to set up properly. The second reason is water conservation. When you’re building a hydro system outside, the run-off water can be returned to the soil cycle instead of down the drain like with indoor setups. A drip system also carefully releases just enough nutrient solution to keep your plants healthy, so there isn’t any wasted water. Other hydro systems use a lot of constantly flowing water to prevent stagnation. With a drip system, you can even give specific amounts of nutrients to different types of plants on the same line. Let me show you how easy it really is to set up a drip system.
Aug 04, 14
Setting up the right task lighting can be maddening. Whether you just need to eliminate shadows on your workbench, reduce eyestrain at your desk, or get just the right colors for an art studio, you’ll find different light and setting requirements for each situation. This is the lighting we use for working on our passions and hobbies, but without proper lighting it’s easier to make mistakes and harder to see the fine details we want to put into our work. Sometimes it’s the little things, like a minor flaw or a small improvement that can make a huge difference in how we feel about a finished task. Here’s a quick guide to setting up LED task lighting so you can upgrade to a more cost-effective bulb without losing the quality you’re used to.
Jul 28, 14
The last time I covered hydroponics, I talked about general air circulation and how important it is to keep a breeze cycling through your grow room. With the sizzling hot month of August looming ahead and the summer heat adding up, the dangers of excess heat from lighting and improper ventilation in your grow room can become extremely dangerous to your plants. But can you actually do anything about the annual heat wave? Take a look below for some helpful tips on how to stay frosty and keep your plants cool.