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Soil Reconditioning

Whether you’re an indoor grower reusing your soil or prepping your beds for next season, there are a number of ways to prepare your soil for reuse. Start by breaking up the soil. Then add humus, amendments and inoculants to add nutrients and life to your soil. Apply a little compost tea to kick it all off and your soil will be ready for another round of big harvests!

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Recharging and Rejuvenating Soil for Reuse

Friday, January 10, 2020 9:38:32 AM America/Los_Angeles

Soil Reconditioning

Whether you’re an indoor grower reusing your soil or prepping your beds for next season, there are a number of ways to prepare your soil for reuse. Start by breaking up the soil. Then add humus, amendments and inoculants to add nutrients and life to your soil. Apply a little compost tea to kick it all off and your soil will be ready for another round of big harvests!

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Prevention

As we learned in the article on integrated pest management, maintaining an acceptable, manageable, level of pests is key to keeping things in check. This naturally requires maintaining an environment which is conducive to plant health but much less inviting to unwanted creatures so as to keep as many out as possible, allowing you to keep things under control. Preventing hoards of pests from entering the garden in the first place is the best defense against any pest and prevention starts with keeping an eye out.

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Pest Patrol - Part 2: Prevention

Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:26:25 AM America/Los_Angeles

Prevention

As we learned in the article on integrated pest management, maintaining an acceptable, manageable, level of pests is key to keeping things in check. This naturally requires maintaining an environment which is conducive to plant health but much less inviting to unwanted creatures so as to keep as many out as possible, allowing you to keep things under control. Preventing hoards of pests from entering the garden in the first place is the best defense against any pest and prevention starts with keeping an eye out.

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Integrated Pest Management

The end of summer is the time of year when plants are finishing up their growth cycle and are just about ready to have the bounty you’ve worked hard to cultivate harvested. At this particular point in time, the plant is focusing most of its energy and nutrients on producing big, beautiful flowers, leaving its immune system weaker and vulnerable to hungry opportunists. Just before you can get your hands on the fruits of your plants’ labor, you might find that some six or eight legged creepers have beat you to the punch.

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Pest Patrol - Part 1: Integrated Pest Management - An Overview

Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:10:55 AM America/Los_Angeles

Integrated Pest Management

The end of summer is the time of year when plants are finishing up their growth cycle and are just about ready to have the bounty you’ve worked hard to cultivate harvested. At this particular point in time, the plant is focusing most of its energy and nutrients on producing big, beautiful flowers, leaving its immune system weaker and vulnerable to hungry opportunists. Just before you can get your hands on the fruits of your plants’ labor, you might find that some six or eight legged creepers have beat you to the punch.

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Basic Vented Garden

So here we’re looking at what we would consider a non-sealed room, meaning it’s an open-air room. Non-sealed means that there’s not an air conditioner that’s running the cooling capacity of the room, but it’s actually doing it through a vented reflector or just through a carbon filter. So, there’s air constantly coming in the room from outside and constantly leaving the room, exhausting the grow room air. So here’s our first diagram, it’s a basic vented garden. Let’s talk about some of the basic components of the garden.

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Grow Room Designs: This is the most complete guide to different styles of Grow Room Setup

Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:00:35 PM America/Los_Angeles

Basic Vented Garden

So here we’re looking at what we would consider a non-sealed room, meaning it’s an open-air room. Non-sealed means that there’s not an air conditioner that’s running the cooling capacity of the room, but it’s actually doing it through a vented reflector or just through a carbon filter. So, there’s air constantly coming in the room from outside and constantly leaving the room, exhausting the grow room air. So here’s our first diagram, it’s a basic vented garden. Let’s talk about some of the basic components of the garden.

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TESTLAB Led Grow Lights

Let’s take our first dive into the odd world of light-emitting diode. Because to understand LEDs, you have to forget everything you know about traditional gas discharge technologies. Because LEDs work completely differently.

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How LEDs Work & The Spectrum King Test

Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:20:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

TESTLAB Led Grow Lights

Let’s take our first dive into the odd world of light-emitting diode. Because to understand LEDs, you have to forget everything you know about traditional gas discharge technologies. Because LEDs work completely differently.

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Rooted clone

Increase your propagation success by inoculating your medium appropriately. Broad-spectrum inoculants that include mycorrhizae and Trichoderma such as Great White Shark are outstanding...

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Proper Propagation Inoculation

Monday, November 18, 2019 1:33:37 PM America/Los_Angeles

Rooted clone

Increase your propagation success by inoculating your medium appropriately. Broad-spectrum inoculants that include mycorrhizae and Trichoderma such as Great White Shark are outstanding...

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Any tool you choose to use in your greenhouse should provide greater functions in your day-to-day operations. Uniform lighting and controlled watering systems are aspects that can highly affect your annual yields, but there are other factors to consider when managing crop profitability. Benches, for instance, can increase the function of any grow room. While growing plants directly on the floor is an option, circumstances must be just so to see pleasing results. Without a well-drained floor or constant maintenance of proper plant bedding, grounded plants are considered a higher risk, and in many cases, impractical.

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How Rolling Benches Create Cost-Effective Change

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:16:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Any tool you choose to use in your greenhouse should provide greater functions in your day-to-day operations. Uniform lighting and controlled watering systems are aspects that can highly affect your annual yields, but there are other factors to consider when managing crop profitability. Benches, for instance, can increase the function of any grow room. While growing plants directly on the floor is an option, circumstances must be just so to see pleasing results. Without a well-drained floor or constant maintenance of proper plant bedding, grounded plants are considered a higher risk, and in many cases, impractical.

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Trimming tips

Know Your Machine:  There are many different types and styles of trimming machines available now for both wet and dry trimming needs.  Each machine is unique and some will work better or worse for you depending on technique, strains, moisture content and other subtle variables but generally, they all work. 

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Top 5 Trimming Tips for a Happy Harvest

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:47:22 PM America/Los_Angeles

Trimming tips

Know Your Machine:  There are many different types and styles of trimming machines available now for both wet and dry trimming needs.  Each machine is unique and some will work better or worse for you depending on technique, strains, moisture content and other subtle variables but generally, they all work. 

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Tip of the Week

More Fans, Slower Speeds:  Rather than using just a few fans on high speed, add some extra wall fans and turn the speed down.  Air circulation is crucial to exchange CO2 at the leaf surfaces, but high winds can dry out or stress plants. You’re looking for Breezy, not Windy. 

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6 Circulation Fan Tips You May Not Know ... But Should

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:44:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

Tip of the Week

More Fans, Slower Speeds:  Rather than using just a few fans on high speed, add some extra wall fans and turn the speed down.  Air circulation is crucial to exchange CO2 at the leaf surfaces, but high winds can dry out or stress plants. You’re looking for Breezy, not Windy. 

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Tip of the Week

Potassium silicate is an outstanding supplement to help your plants make strong stems and harden cell walls to resist infection naturally.  But since it is an alkaline product, it can react with other fertilizers in your nutrient mix.  To avoid “clouding” or reactions that could cause some lockout, mix potassium silicate products such as Pro-Tekt and Armor Si FIRST when mixing your reservoir.  This will allow the alkalinity to fully dilute in solution before interacting with the other fertilizers, thus eliminating any cloudy effects or nutrient reactions.

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Mix your potassium silicate wisely

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:09:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

Tip of the Week

Potassium silicate is an outstanding supplement to help your plants make strong stems and harden cell walls to resist infection naturally.  But since it is an alkaline product, it can react with other fertilizers in your nutrient mix.  To avoid “clouding” or reactions that could cause some lockout, mix potassium silicate products such as Pro-Tekt and Armor Si FIRST when mixing your reservoir.  This will allow the alkalinity to fully dilute in solution before interacting with the other fertilizers, thus eliminating any cloudy effects or nutrient reactions.

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