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Plant Grow Lights: Which Kind to Choose

Plants need light to grow. In countries where sunlight is scarce in the long winter months or where there is no outdoor space for a garden you can reproduce good growing conditions with an artificial light source such as a grow light inside a grow tent or grow cabinet.


Grow lights make it easy to grow plants indoors, and luckily there are many grow light systems to choose from. All are helpful, but each type of grow light offers advantages and disadvantages. Use our guide to select the best grow light for your needs!


HID Plant Grow Lights

The brightest grow lights are high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. They can be installed anywhere in your home, garage, or greenhouse to supplement existing light, and they can serve as the sole source of light for your plants.

These bulbs pass electricity through a glass or ceramic tube containing a mixture of gases. The blend of gases determines the color of the light given off by each type of lamp. HID lights are twice as efficient as fluorescent lamps; one 400-watt HID lamp emits as much light as 800 watts of fluorescent tubing. All HID lights can run on regular 120-volt household current but they require special fixtures with ballasts.


Two Types of HID Lights

There are two categories of HID lamps: metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS). Both emit a much more intense light than fluorescent bulbs, which also pass electricity through a gas-filled tube.

MH bulbs emit light that’s strongest at the blue end of the spectrum. It’s a stark, cool white light that produces compact, leafy growth. Because the light does not distort the colors of the plants and people it illuminates, this type of plant grow light is a good choice for a light display in a living area.

Agrosun gold halide bulbs are color-corrected to give off more red/orange light than regular metal halides. This helps boost flowering in addition to supporting compact foliar growth. Halide bulbs should be replaced about once a year.

HPS bulbs last slightly longer; they should be replaced every 18 months. They emit light strong at the red/orange end of the spectrum, which promotes flowering. However, HPS lighting may also produce leggy growth unless used together with daylight or a metal halide system.

If your goal is lots of bloom, use high-pressure sodium lamps, but be advised: Their light has a red/orange cast that distorts the colors of everything they illuminate. This plant grow light is not flattering in a living room; everyone looks slightly jaundiced.

Grow Light Test Garden Tip: You can use both high-pressure sodium and metal halide bulbs in a single location, but a metal halide bulb cannot be used in a high-pressure sodium fixture, and vice versa. HPS ballasts include an igniter and MH ballasts do not. If you have multiple fixtures, consider a combination of HPS and MH systems. If you have only one fixture, you can use a conversion bulb, using metal halide to promote foliage growth, then switching to a conversion high-pressure sodium bulb to encourage flowering.

High-Intensity Fluorescent Grow Lights

High-intensity fluorescent bulbs are also an excellent choice. Fixtures resemble those of …

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55 Small Urban Garden Design Ideas And Pictures

Everyone loves a beautiful garden whether big or small. If you are living in a small complex where there is no space for a garden, you can design the garden on your patio. If you have small but enough space, then go on and design the ideal garden you want.


Those of you who doesn’t live in suburbs or somewhere in a forest might still want to have a beautiful garden in your backyard – we’re here to help. Small urban gardens could be used as for growing vegetables as for simply relaxing outdoors. A city garden needs a careful planning but can become an awesome outdoor “room”. We’ve already shared with you amazing urban terraces and now we’re going to show you some amazing ideas for small urban gardens.

In order to make the most out of your outdoor space, we recommend you to use planters that can be moved, hanging planters, window boxes, allow your trees grow through your terraces and porches, decorate your fence or even hang some shelves to display plants or some garden decor on them. Below you’ll find plenty of clever and cool ideas for a small garden no matter where it’s located. Although if you need some inspiration for a small balcony garden you can visit our friends at DigsDigs.

Small Urban Garden Design Ideas And Pictures

Small Urban Garden Design Ideas And Pictures

Small Urban Garden Design Ideas And Pictures

Small Urban Garden Design Ideas And Pictures

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11 Insider Secrets For Growing The Most Flavorful & Abundant Herbs

“Planting herbs is not a one time big time success. Some could grow their herbs without exerting too much but I know a lot are struggling to grow them in their homes. Well, I hope that you find this article helpful in having your mini herb garden at home.”


There’s some advantage to growing herbs in pots and keeping them in the kitchen window sill. When you want a sprig of thyme or a few basil leaves to add to your pizza, they will be accessible. But these small plants will not give you enough raw material to make sauces or for drying and freezing. If you want an abundant supply of fresh herbs, grow them in the ground or in large raised beds. Large tubs may be considered for extremely prolific herbs that tend to encroach into the space of others.


11 Insider Secrets For Growing The Most Flavorful & Abundant Herbs

The following tips will help you have an abundance of herbs round the year.

1. Choose the location carefully

Location is important for an herb garden. The plants should receive plenty of sunlight, especially morning light. And they should be accessible for frequent harvesting. Importance should be given to the specific growing conditions of the herbs you want to grow.  Some like it cool and dry while others do best with warmth and constant moisture. Some like full sun, but others need partial shade.

In a dedicated herb garden, you can group together herbs with similar cultural needs. Some gardeners find it beneficial to plant on slopes where herbs with low water needs can occupy higher ground and those needing extra moisture can be planted at the bottom.

2. Start with good quality plants

You can start herbs from seeds, from cuttings taken from established plants, or from divisions of larger clumps. Nurseries may stock many named cultivars of popular herbs. Whatever your source, the plants you start with should be healthy and strong. Weak seedlings and pot bound ones often fail to thrive when you transplant them to the herb garden.

Different modes of propagation suit different herbs. Some are best grown from seeds but a few, like chives, give better results when started from divisions …


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Gardening in Clay Soil Hints and Tips to Help You

“Anyone can have different types of soil. Therefore, we cannot just assume that just because your neighbors have clay soil, you will too. Clay soil is sticky but smooth, and can be rolled into a tight ball. So before you do anything on your garden, you need to confirm first if your soil is really clay.”


What is Clay Soil?

gardening in clay soil - cracked clay soil


Have you got clay soil?

Clay soil is:

    • solid and sticky when wet
    • it will easily roll into a ball when wet
    • when dry, it is solid and lumpy – may crack
    • it drains poorly, and may often get waterlogged
    • difficult to dig
    • often neutral pH, or alkaline


How to Improve Clay Soil

Gardening in clay soil can be really hard work – it’s tough going getting a spade in…

…but, digging your soil will really help to improve it’s condition, by:

    • breaking it up
    • getting some air into it
    • Never dig down through the yellow, white or blue subsoil, or mix it with the topsoil
    • Dig the topsoil only, and mix it with lots of organic matter, such as:
      • compost
      • composted bark
      • leaf mold
    • Also add some horticultural grit
    • Autumn is a good time to do this – so winter frosts can help break up the soil structure even more, and open it up more too.
    • Try not to tread too much on the soil, as this compacts it back down again.




Edible Plants that Self-Seed (Perfect for the Lazy Gardener!)

“Often times than not, maintaining a beautiful garden is high maintenance and costly activity for some especially if you need to buy seedlings every now and then. Good thing some plants spread themselves on their own. They germinate so easily that they spread and renew themselves year after year so you never have to replant.”


Edible Plants that Self-Seed (Perfect for the Lazy Gardener!)



We all know that perennial flowers will self-seed, keep growing, and come back again and again, making them great staples for the flower garden. But did you know that the same is true of many crops, as well? After all, plants are on a mission to perpetuate themselves, and while some have saavily taken advantage of the fact that humans like to eat them so we do the work for them, others like to have a little insurance policy…so they produce their own seeds.

This can sometimes actually be a huge problem in the garden: both melons and tomatoes love self-seeding, but unfortunately, they’re also highly promiscuous, so you never know what you’re going to get from so called “volunteer” melons and tomatoes. Maybe a self-seeded plant will be the next great cultivar you’ve been waiting for, one with optimum sweetness, texture, and quality…or maybe the fruit will be ho-hum.

But fortunately, other plants are much more well behaved, and they can be great choices for a produce garden that will do part of the maintenance work for you. (Sorry, you’re still going to have to water, fertilize, weed, watch out for pests, keep your Phoenix fencing in order, and harvest.) These self-seeding crops will get themselves set up perfectly …