It is exciting to see the fruits of labor! The students at Lakewood High School have been busy learning indoor hydroponics gardening. Both of these varieties of tomatoes are being grown in Ebb & Flow hydroponics systems by Botanicare.
Metal Halide Light System In Action High intensity discharge (HID) lights are the most commonly used grow light since they give off a greater amount of lumens (visible light power) per watt of incoming electricity to the light. HID lights are commonly preferred over fluorescent and incandescent lamps because their power will is displayed in [...]
Don’t be fooled by Incandescent lights. Incandescent grow lights will typically produce the red-yellowish end of the light spectrum with an approximate color temperature of around 2700 K. Though they are many times labeled as growing lights, they are not good growing lights. The are much less efficient than fluorescent lights or typical HID grow [...]
In my hands I felt the heft of the large box of hydroponic gardening equipment I had recently purchased. “Microgarden?” I thought, “This thing weighs at least 30 pounds.” I set down the box on the carpet of my living room. Leaning over with hands on knees, as a long time soil gardener, I didn’t [...]
The producers of The Balancing Act approached The Big Tomato about the practice of indoor hydroponic gardening. They discussed the frequent questions and requests they get on a consistent basis by their primarily female audience. The questions they get asked frequently are things like, ‘What is Hydroponics?’, ‘How do we start an indoor garden?’, ‘Are [...]
If you break down the word “hydroponics” in the Greek, (which I’m sure most people don’t do before asking the definition of a word), you will find that it comes from the root words “hydro” which means “water”, and “ponos” which means “labor”. People have the choice to plant their gardens in soil, or they [...]
There are many variations of hydroponic systems that indoor gardeners or “hydro-farmers” can use. Every systems is developed and based upon similar foundational concepts, but still unique in their own ways. This article will provide the most basic breakdown of each type of hydroponic system, and we will also seek to provide a basic understanding [...]