Growing your own plants can be one of the most rewarding and natural experiences of your life. Without diving too deeply into the mystical, the relationship between man and our gardens stretches back thousands of years. From medicines to foods, plants give back to us so much of what we need in our daily lives. As much as we love plants though, the costs of gardening can quickly add up. Many modern methods of gardening are expensive, require more upkeep, and can have an impact on the environment long after the smoke has cleared. Thankfully, by mixing a bit of tradition with a healthy dose of modern, technology can reduce costs, improve quality, and provide a consistent and reliable result for years to come.
Feed your soil, not your plants
One of the most common mistakes new gardeners can make is to feed their plants. While directly providing nutrition to your plants is necessary when using water-based mediums and hydroponic systems, growing in soil benefits from a bit of old-school practicality and science. When we grow organically, we rely on the magic of Mother Earth to do most of the work while reducing expenses. In nature, plants receive vital nutrients from microscopic creatures beneath the soil. As part of a cooperative effort, bacteria and fungi work to digest decaying plant and animal life within, and on top of, the earth. The process of digestions unlocks and changes that energy into food for your plants. By creating and supporting a thriving community of microorganisms in your soil, you’re ensuring your plants have all the energy and nutrition they need to grow up strong.
HID lighting systems are costly. There’s no way around it. With a significant initial investment, followed by some hefty utility bills, the price of operating a conventional indoor setup is not to be underestimated. For many growers today, HIDs aren’t worth the effort they once were. Modern LED systems run cooler, allow for custom light spectrums, and require far less space than HIDs require. They also use significantly less energy to provide the same results. Because LED systems function at lower temps, they don’t require bulky hoods or expensive fans either. While many still swear by their HPS setups, the improvements in recent technology have pushed LEDs to the front of the pack for many others.
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