24 May

How to Maximize LED Grow Light

When you read a led grow light review,  you will know to to select the best LED grow lights for your garden. Then the next step you have to take consideration is maximizing your LED grow lights. Actually, it is quite simple task.  Here are several useful tips:

1Pay Attention to Water Consumption

Growers usually make over-watering mistake when they change from HID fixtures to LED. HID lighting produce heat and contain high levels of Infrared light. Infrared light helps dry out soil plants. While LED grow lights generate no IR light and less heat than HID. It is critical that you have to observe to avoid over watering your plants.

2. Increase the Temperature in the Growth Facility

With HIDs, the main heat comes from traditional grow lights. If growers do not take into account during LEDs’ installation, they will face with a temperature drop. Reason why? Because LED grow lights do not emit the same amount of heat as HIDs. As a result, they have to increase the temperature in growth facility to keep their plants flourish.

3Adjust Your LEDs at the Precise Height

Because this will help you enhance yield and quality. If you placed your LEDs too high, you may increase your coverage area but reduce the light’s intensity also. If you placed your LEDs too low, your plants will be stressed by the intense proximity of the light. The best solution is understanding your Daily Light Intergral and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Implement Multiple Units in Your Grow Facility

Because of LEDs’ ability to set up a targeted light output, each section of your grow with one LED light would be spotlighted and repeated each cluster’s isolation. But your best option is calculating and implementing multiple units in your grow facility. This not only save your money in the end but maximizes light distribution across the canopy also.

5. Manipulate Your Light Cycles

Growers could increase or decrease the hours of light and darkness, stimulate a plant’s photo-period from manipulating light cycles. Some growers could use the blackout curtains and supplemental lighting for their preference.  Automated blackout curtains prevent partly unwanted sunlight and provide necessary dark periods during long summer days. Supplemental lighting supports to fill the gap of light in dark winter months. It is critical to make sure your plants get all necessary lights.

6Experiment with Different Combinations

Not all plants are equal, especially when they are in flowering stage. If you are intending to arrive at harvest time a little faster, you had better try tampering with the amount of infrared light received. Many lights which are specifically adjust certain amount of light and provide flowering plants with predominantly infrared light will normally help buds robust faster. Besides, you can identify exactly what the wavelengths are doing to them by understanding the relationship between your plants and LED lights. When you experiment with different amounts of different lights could affect the speed and quality of the buds your are planting.
08 Feb

Tips for planting a raised vegetable garden

     On today’s modern society, human being want to not only know how to grow sunflower in pots (3) for beautifying for their garden but also before problems of food safety now, themselves plant and harvest the fresh vegetable for keeping good health for all of members in their family. Understanding this problem so in this article, I will provide you how to grow a raised vegetable garden easily. What you need is just seeds, soil, water and sunlight. Below are the seven basic and simple tips for you:

     Step 1: Starting From Scratch

     To get the best result, let you put your raised garden bed in area having much light as long as your plants can be received at least sunlight from 6 to 8 hours per day. In terms of water, this place ought to also have a good drainage especially it will be very easy for you to water for vegetables with a near water source.

     Step 2: Smother Weeds

     It is very essential for you to perform, in case area putting your raised garden bed where sprouts grasses and weeds. Simply, you just need to put cardboard on them, after a certain time, they themselves will decompose for enriching for your garden soil.

     Step 3: Garden Soil

     Like planting in pots, let you fill your raised garden bed in the good combination of compost mixture, fertilizer and garden soil. Moreover, do not forget to check regularly deals of the local landscape companies’ garden soil blends. How much garden soil you should buy will depend on the depth and the magnitude of your raised garden bed.
     If you are intending to plant the root crops such as carrots and parsnips, the thickness of your soil has to be at least 18 inch so that their roots are able to develop the right way. Meanwhile, in case you would like to plant the normal vegetables with the shorter roots as lettuce and peas, the ground’s thickness is merely about from 4 to 6 inch. With the new gardeners without having any experience, it is extremely necessary for them to check packaging of each kind of seed or plant tag in order to identify the correct depth.

     Step 4: Plant Placement

     If you are a meticulous gardener, you ought to draft a detail outline in order to determine the specific position for every type of plant which you are intending to plant on your raised garden bed. Otherwise, you can arrange all of them in high to low order. And the date of planting will depend on your place conditions. What is more, to make sure the optimal growth of plants, you have to check packaging of seeds or plant tags for determining the suitable distance of them.

     Step 5: Companion Planting

     Not all of plants are able to sprout and grow well when being planted together so you must thoroughly research this issue before planting. For instance, the following vegetables can grow as well as possible, in the event of being planted in a raised garden bed: tomatoes, carrots, basils, onions and chives. The less root system of your plants interferes, the better your plants grow.

     Step 6: Maximize your garden space

     Checking seed package and plant tags show you not only the exact distance of plants but the approximate harvest date in order to maximize the growing space of plants as well. For example, most of root crops such as carrot, beet, turnip and parsnip need to be grown from 50 to 100 days which you are able to harvest them while with bean, cucumber, lettuce and summer squash, you had better ready harvest after from 30 to 50  days of their growth.

     Step 7: Sit back and relax

     When all of important steps above have been completed, your remaining steps in this planting process are to sit back and relax. Obviously, after that, you also need to perform some other small things such as watering, weeding and the like. However, once all of difficult steps above have been performed, you had better allow yourself to relax before starting the second stage: caring.
02 Feb

How to keep your garden always beautiful

A truly beautiful home is not only a house with beautiful architecture and furniture, but also has a beautiful garden landscape. But, to have a garden beautiful and suitable to architecture of house, it is not simple thing, we are sure that you have to invest a lot of effort and money in it. Moreover, to maintain its beauty, you have to spend a little time to take care of it. Of course, you need to prepare some most needed gardening tools, such as a best weed eater for your home before embarking on your garden care regularly. And most importantly, you must know the basics of how to care and protect the garden.

1. The way to care for garden must be suitable for each kind of plant

Your garden is certainly chosen and used many different types of plants. Of course, each plant will have a special feature: some prefer water, some prefer sunlight but others prefer shade. So please carefully learn on their nature in order to apply the appropriate care method on them.

2. Give your ideas about the design of plants in the garden and regularly trim them

As the plants grow and develop, it is difficult to avoid the loss of the original designed shape you created for them. So we should often trim them. Of course you can also change their style if you desire. This pruning helps you to relax, express your creativity, and also helps your garden landscape to be always beautiful and fresh.

You should also plant ornamental grass seeds in the garden. However, these seeds are very difficult to germinate in cold winter.
If you do not want to spend a lot of effort and money to plant and fertilize the natural grass but still get the green smooth grassland all year, you can use artificial grass. Artificial grass has the ability to withstand any harsh weather conditions without fertilizing, but still gives your garden a fresh green color.

3. Regularly check the status of garden

   Trees in the garden can meet some diseases affecting their growth. Those are pestilent insect caused by land, water or other outside elements. So we should regularly monitor the condition of the trees, especially the color of the leaves and trunk. When detected early, healing will be much easier. But, prevention is better than healing, do not forget to irrigate more inorganic fertilizers to help the trees to be healthy and resist a variety of diseases.

4. Clean the garden

To keep your garden always beautiful, garden cleaning is very important. We need to regularly clean up and cut the grass in the garden.
And one thing to note is that the water used for irrigation. Not any water is okay because the water sources not clean will bring about the pathogens harming plants.
Not only pay attention to the trees, but we also need to clean all the details in the garden such as fish tanks, flower beds, etc.
   Remove fallen leaves and turn them into porous soil for fertility improvement. Fertilizer from leaves is very good fertilizer for crops. But with the kind of fallen leaves due to sick of some trees such as rose, you should clean and burn them off as this is the source of infection for other trees in the garden.

5. You need to have a special care schedule for your garden at seasonal transition

   When switching to a new season, the weather begins to change and it is when plants in your garden are affected the most. A beautiful garden is not only at the plant layout of owner, but also at the point he knows how to take care of the garden so that it is always beautiful in any weather conditions.
   Your daily routine is checking fungi status in the garden to have timely preventive measures. Fungi are a chronic disease of the crops, particularly when the season transits, these diseases are easily infectious and developed.
   Besides, you also need to prepare for sowing the flowers or planting buds of trees for the new season. Replace the plants of previous season by ones of following season.
Above are some simple ways that can help your home garden landscape to always keep the beauty you want. Actually, it is not too time and money consuming right? These are errands lightly and helping you to relax after hard working times.
31 Jan

How to grow sunflower in pots

     Growing sunflower to decorate your garden or any rooms in home is also a great way for adding the fun element into these areas. Besides brilliant beauty in the ground. This sunny annuals plant also grows very well when being grown in the suitable containers even it will be more beautiful than flowers in ground, if you know how to grow the right way. What you need to perform this working successfully is sunflower seeds, the appropriate containers to your kinds of sunflower seeds especially you have to put them in place where they are received at least sunlight from 6 to 8 hours per day. This is the kind of annuals flower so you had better save seeds for next years. Normally, sunflower grows very well in U.S. Department of Agriculture area.

     1. Select the suitable containers:

     As I said easier, this type of flower need a large quantity of space to grow so the selected containers must be 18 inches or more. In case you intend to plant the giant sunflowers, the container’s diameter should be 24 inches. What is more, to prevent waterlogged situation, containers ought to also have several drainage holes in the bottom. In the event of containers without having these available holes, let you yourself create from 3 to 5 1/4 inch holes in the bottom.

     2. Opt for the type of sunflower seed:

     In terms of sunflower, you are able to plant almost its different species in container as long as you can make sure that yours contains a mature sunflower. With a small and compact garden, the following choices should be considered. The “big smile” seeds are from 10 to 24 inch in height with its flowers from 3 to 6 inch. The “Little Becka” seeds grow 3 feet in height with 6 inch bicolor red and yellow flowers. If you would like to plant the very big sunflower, let you buy 12 foot towering “Giganteus” or 6 feet “Lemon Queen” which attracts bees in garden.

     3. Plant sunflower seeds:

     Sunflower grows very fast so you can skip the step which starts grow seeds inside (one of  the important steps in process which is how to plant seeds (2). Another important note is you should plant sunflower seeds after the cold weather has passed. As you knew, firstly filling the combination of potting mix and 3/4 inch compost into containers in order to give seeds full of essential nutrients then sowing sunflower seeds in holes about 2 inch in depth and they have to be 6 inch apart. The last step is to cover all of these seeds by potting mix after that watering.
     You need to maintain its moisture during the first 7-10 days. When seedlings have borne the second set of leaf, let you thin them for allowing about from two to three feet of space (actually, this thing depends on the kind of flower). After that, remember to spread a layer of mulch or organic humus on ground from 2 to 3 inch to moisten seed.

     4. Care sunflower plants in container:

     Sunflowers in container are usually dry faster than ones in ground. Although the soil can sometimes be dry a little, it ought to be checked regularly about once some days for preventing a dry container completely even you are able to inspect more times in the dry seasons.
     Don’t forget to prepare trellis, stake or other similar support accessories for sunflowers which is higher 3 feet. Let you tie them each other by soft cloth materials.
     With the small sunflowers, you had better fertilize twice a week. Its fertilizer formula is to mix 7 drops of fertilizer liquid per every liter of water.

     5. Beware of pests and disease:

     Although sunflower doesn’t attract too many pets, you have to watch out of sunflower moth because this small gray insect may lay eggs in flowers. Thus, let you pick them off sunflower. Besides, birds and squirrels can also become nuisances due to they can eat seeds from sunflower. Your solution is to put a net over flower ar around container.
     In case you discover that the underside of leaves appear pale areas or molds, that may be signs of downy mildew. To minimize possibility of developing a fungal disease, you need to avoid to water overhead. Let you spray fungicide for plants having the development of disease.
28 Jan

How to plant your seeds

Whether your purposes of planting is to cool your garden or decorate for any rooms such as living room, bedroom, kitchen, you had better start from seeds in order to save a large amount of your money. You can purchase seeds in the local garden center or take other seeds harvested from fruit and vegetable which you buy at market or grocery stores. This gardening work is not only helpful to adults but also a wonderful way for spending time for children. With the beginner gardeners, below are what they need to know for planting seeds:
Before starting, you need to prepare the following items:

1. Pots (clay or peat materials)

2. The most important thing: seeds

3. The good potting mix or seed starting formula

4. Water

5. Tray to hold pots

6. Tweezers

7. Pencil

8. Large toothpicks

9. Clear plastic bags

     Step 1: Determine which plants you want to grow

     This is the researching process to know which plants can grow the best in your garden or any areas where you intend to plant. The gardening books may give you some quite good suggestions. What you need to consider for giving the last decision is how much space do you have? and do you plant outside or inside? The most important feature to help your plants are developed as well as possible is to know how to choose the right seeds to your using demand (1).

     Step 2: Gather seeds

     To economize the extra money, let you choose and purchase the discount seeds in the local garden center on occasions which is the end of gardening seasons. You ought to opt for the packaged seeds because of its quite long expiry date. Moreover, with this selection, the seeds stored for falls and winters won’t be hurt. As I said easier, you are able to also gather fruit and vegetable seeds at grocery store such as bell peppers, tomatoes, watermelons and cucumbers seeds in place of removing. Let dry them by paper towel then store in plastic bag to put aside for planting later.

     Step 3: Plant seeds

    1.     In this step, you need to use the clay and peat pots and potting soil or seed starting blend which you have prepared before. Otherwise you can also recycle paper or styrofoam cups, plastic bottles into containers for planting your plants. Your seeds need space for developing before being grown official in pots or ground of garden so let you create a seed tray for them – a private space where contains your different seeds. This room has to get good sunlight or you must install the extra essential accessories like lights at suitable positions.

 

    1.      Fill the good potting mix or seed starting formula into pots then add enough water into this mix in order to moisten soil without being soupy. The basic formula is 1/4 cup of water for each small pot. However, depending on your kind of speed and potting soil, you can add water for a too dry mix. Don’t forget to use a fork to stir up soil and water.

 

    1.      Use the pencil to stab equally 3 or 4 holes into ground in such a way that the depth of these holes are at least 1/2 inch. Also, depending on each type of speed, every pot should be put into an appropriate amount of speeds about 3 to 4 seeds. When these seeds have germinated and grown a few weeks old, it is time for you to remove them out of pots to plant in suitable areas. With the types of following seeds, you had better just plant two seeds for a pot due to they need a very spacious space for growing such as watermelon, zucchini and tomato.

 

    1.      Finally, let you put a seed into a hole after that cover lightly a layer of ground there without stirring.

 

    1.      What is more, you have to put big toothpicks in the center of each pot and tear enough plastic bag for covering along the length and width of tray. In case you would like to utilize two layer of bags, remember to stick them each other. To make your seeds germinate faster, let you put your seed tray in a warmer environment.

 

26 Jan

How to choose the right seeds to your using demand

     Whether you are a gardener or a gardening expert, it is quite difficult for you to opt for the right seeds before a wide range of available seeds on market today. Therefore, to help you narrow scope for choosing your appropriate seeds, I will provide some basic considerations below:

     1. Organic or conventional:

     If you are looking for an organic label, the selected seeds must be grown, harvested and preserved in accordance with the strict regulations for organic products. However, the vegetables, fruit and flower are grown from organic seeds that dose not mean all of them are organically. These two types of seeds have two growing methods so this issue will depend on your using way.
     What is more, the organic seeds are grown organically so your plants have to endure and adapt organic conditions. In case your plan is to create a organic garden without having pesticides, this type of speed itself is the best choice for your beautiful flower and fresh vegetables.
     Actually, the conventional seeds also have their own benefits. For instance, some conventional seed companies get their seed treatments for preventing the risk of diseases of plants. This type of speed is very useful to the beginner gardener such as squash (Curcurbita spp.), cucumber (Cucumis spp.) and pea (Pisum sativum).

     2. Heirloom or hybrid:

     Heirloom is the most popular seed due to it is produced by classic way – the natural pollination. That means plants are grown from these heirloom seeds which will have characteristics as “their parents” (it is called the right development as speed). Because of the transmission from generation to generation, they usually give the colorful results.
     For this feature, it often becomes the top selection of gardeners as well as cooks so that they create the unusual forms of foods and plants especially making their better tastes. In terms of flower, heirloom seed will create plentiful scents which you can not find in modern flowers. However, a small limitation is that it is incapable of resisting diseases that means it is very easy to miss harvest or meet the soon crop, in spite of chemical intervention.
     Meanwhile, hybrid speed is carefully controlled for improving some important features as the size of flower and disease resistance in order to enhance vitality, scent and possibility of recovery. The hybrid seeds and plants do not be genetically modified because the cross-pollination uses traditional breeding method which controls where pollen goes.

     3. Kids or Adults:

     Although the useful property of all of seeds is simple and reliable, you had better opt for seeds which can germinate and bloom easily and fast. In addition, you have to also check the expiration and seed harvest dates on the package carefully. The too old seeds may not germinate due to they are too weak.

     4. Short or long season:

     The growing season of seeds are different that means it is able to be stretched or shortened. Therefore, to know how long your seeds grow, let you see information on seed package. For example, some kinds of speeds suit to grow directly on ground in place of growing in pots. Like carrots and beets, sunflower is the most typical example need to be grown outside because its tap-root has to ram deep into ground.

     5. Containers or in-ground gardens:

     You can not recognize the difference between the narrow containers and spacious ground garden when just planting a small speed. It will be very easy for you to understand problem, if speeds have grown. Most of flower, vegetable and herbs are able to be grown well in pots or ground as long as you meet all of their essential demands. However, with these kinds of plants, it can grow as well as possible in the event of being grown in pots.
     Below are some typical examples. The small common sweet basil sprouts fast and grows well in garden pots while Annual zinnias grows very fast so it is grown directly into ground. Unlike the dwarf sunflower in pots, the giant sunflower seeds need a spacious space in garden for its development.