Creating a Lovely Winter Wonderland

Oct 30, 14 Creating a Lovely Winter Wonderland

It’s almost time to break out the wool coats and open up the fireplace again. Winter is a wonderful time of year filled with fun holidays, family gatherings, gorgeous decorations and all the turkey you could ever eat. During these chilly times it’s important to keep your home feeling warm and looking beautiful on the inside and out. Here are a few lighting tips to create your very own winter wonderland.

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How to Set Up a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) System

Sep 08, 14 How to Set Up a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) System

Drip and DWC systems are good options for beginners, but advanced growers may want a more formalized system for growing crops regularly. For larger scale projects, let’s take a look at the Nutrient Film Technique.  NFT systems use a very shallow stream of water and dissolved nutrients flowing over the roots of your plants to feed and water them.  The partially exposed roots and constant moving water keeps them oxygenated as well .  This shallow stream is little more than a film of water flowing via gravity down to the bottom of the channel, which gives the technique its name.

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Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

Aug 25, 14 Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

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.

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How to Set Up a Drip Irrigation System

Aug 11, 14 How to Set Up a Drip Irrigation System

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.

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LED Task Lighting Tips

Aug 04, 14 LED Task Lighting Tips

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.

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