Choosing a Hydroponic Grow Light

HID light bulbs setups have made the pipe dream of year-around horticulture a possibility for tens of thousands of indoor growers and industrial nursery gardeners everywhere. Thanks to their amazing production (up to ten times more lm per w than incandescent lightbulbs) and a colour range that plants prefer, indoor gardeners are able to achieve amazing yield year-around. Metal halide (MH) lightbulbs let out chiefly blueish light, making them good for the vegetating development phase. HID lighting is utilised all over the world by industrial cultivators. HID lamps furnish various advantages that are otherwise unachievable with traditional fluoro and incandescent lights. Auxiliary HID lighting allows industrial agriculturists to boost harvest production send harvests to marketplace on time and bring out …

Bird Watching Tips

Word Count: 602 Summary: Bird watching is a fantastic hobby suitable for individuals of all ages. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors and gaining an appreciation for nature, bird watching is a hobby that can be shared with friends and family. Many bird watchers find themselves healthier due to their time outside scanning the skies for that ultra-rare bird. If you are interested in beginning bird watching as a hobby, consider the following tips to get your started and on the right track. 1.)… Keywords: birds, bird baths Article Body: Bird watching is a fantastic hobby suitable for individuals of all ages. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors and gaining an appreciation for nature, bird watching is a …

Beat the Weeds and Save Time in the Garden

So often new gardeners are put off the idea of gardening by thinking about the time it might take, and the hard work involved. The popular idea of a low-maintenance garden is one of covering the space with decking and gravel, planted with a few grasses and pots of evergreens. However, I have discovered an ideal way to help thwart one of the most time-consuming chores in the garden – that of weeding. This came about almost by accident, as I have a cat who thinks that any uncovered ground is a glorious litter tray! I quickly had to find a way to cover up as much of the soil as possible, but soon realised that ground cover plants gave …

Battery-Powered-Tools, How to Get the Most From Them

Word Count: 854 Summary: Every year, more and more tools are developed that operate on batteries, freeing woodworkers from the constraints and annoyances of extension cords. Understanding how to get the most from your cordless tools, and how to select future purchases can help us get better performance from our tools while extending their life. Keywords: Battery Powered Tools, Tools, Woodwork, Woodworking Article Body: I remember a few years ago one of the sales people at my local hardware store told me they were expecting the arrival of new battery powered circular saw, I think it was a Makita. On hearing the phrase “battery powered circular saw”, I laughed out loud and told him to call me when the battery …

Backyard Bird–The Catbird

It’s quiet, now. Gone is the constant chatter, whistles and meowing sounds as you jump from branch to branch safeguarding your territory against all trespassers. Gone too is the uniformally gray body with the black cap and tail feathers, with just a smidgen of rust coloration under the tail coverts, that allows you to blend in with your natural habitat of dense undergrowth and thickets. They call you a skulker, a bird hard to see in the dense underbrush. Usually heard but not seen. Definitely NOT a backyard bird. Except in my backyard. Maybe it’s because my back yard is filled with trees and dense underbrush along the rear and side fences. Or maybe it’s because there is a wooded …

Best Times for Bird Watching

Word Count: 429 Summary: One you have the birding bug, you will want to maximize your experience when it comes to sightings. Put another way, you will need to know the best times for bird watching. Keywords: bird watching, birding, birds, owls, sightings, tips, early bird, species, life lists Article Body: One you have the birding bug, you will want to maximize your experience when it comes to sightings. Put another way, you will need to know the best times for bird watching. Best Times for Bird Watching There is something to be said for the chase being most of the fun in life. If you have caught the bird watching bug, the chase is definitely going to be part …

Beneficial Mycorrhizae – Your Plants Best Friend

Innoculating your potting soil mix or hydroponic reservoir with beneficial mycorrhizae has many benefits. With the chelating enzymes the fungus release, the plants uptake more useable nutrients. With the funal hairs acting as a secondary root system, plants grow big faster. Overall, plants grow up healthier. When fungal hairs, called hyphae, were first discovered surrounding plant roots on a 460 million year old fossil, it was believed the fungus must be robbing the plants of their energy. Further research has since proved this to be false. In fact, these very fossils became the evidence that suggests a relationship existed between the plants and the fungus that benefits both. The evidence goes on to conclude that it was exactly this symbiotic …

How To Clean Artificial Silk Flowers

Word Count: 931 Summary: Freshly cut flowers are very pleasing to the eye. Placing an arrangement of freshly cut flowers in a vase that sets them off properly will bring instant color and beauty to a room no matter how drab and shabby it may have otherwise been. Most people are cheered up by the sight of freshly cut flowers in a lovely vase. However, there are other people who cannot abide being near freshly cut flowers, mainly because they are allergic to them. For such people artificial silk flowers are seen as a suitable alternative. Keywords: artificial flowers Article Body: Freshly cut flowers are very pleasing to the eye. Placing an arrangement of freshly cut flowers in a vase …

How Cellulose Insulation Is Applied

Cellulose insulation is natural insulation material. It is made from recycled newspaper and other recycled paper products. The recycled content is at least 75% or more. The recycled paper is then treated with chemicals to make it fire resistant. Benefits of Cellulose Insulation Because the material is made from mostly recycled paper products, it is considered to be less dangerous than other types of insulating materials. Fiberglass and many other insulating materials are considered to be carcinogenic. Cellulose is not a carcinogen. The chemicals used to make the material fire resistant are all non hazardous materials. The chemicals most commonly used are boric acid, ammonium sulphate and borax. All these chemicals are thought to be safe and are not known …

How Bad Is The Air In Your House?

Air Purifiers are all the rage now, everybody has them and everybody sells them. There are Ionic Air Purifiers, regular filter Purifiers and HEPA filter purifiers. The Journal of the American Medical Association now suggests that the air pollution existing today in the US raises the risk of lung disease to a point where more than half of the US population is breathing unhealthy amounts of air pollution . More than 50 million Americans seem to be suffering from allergies and more than 20 million battle asthma. There is such a thing as Sick Building Syndrome, a worldwide phenomenon, when chemical substances used in office construction such as glue, insulating materials, cardboard, and fiberglass are steadily released into the atmosphere …

How A Tankless Water Heater Can Cut Your Energy Bills

Tankless water heaters offer a modern and more energy efficient alternative to traditional storage tank hot water systems. With rising fuel costs, installing a tankless water heater is one way to make savings on household bills and help the environment at the same time. One of the disadvantages of storing your hot water supply in a tank is that the energy that goes into heating the water is often wasted if you don’t use up all the hot water each day. In contrast, with a tankless hot water heater, the water is heated on demand, so you only use energy to heat up what you need. There are various different types of instant water heaters. Tankless gas water heaters tend …

How A Filterless Air Purifier Works

If you watch television late at night, you are probably familiar with a filterless air purifier called the Ionic Breeze. These systems have benefits and drawbacks. Lately, there has been some controversy over their safety. Some consider them to be unsafe, while others swear by the results. How a Filterless Air Purifiers Work A filterless purifier works by giving the incoming air an electrostatic charge. This charge also charges particles in the air. The air is then moved past an oppositely charged collection grid. The impurities in the air are attracted to the grid, like a magnet. The grid must be removed periodically and cleaned of the impurities. This is easily done with a damp cloth. Once the grid is …

How to buy a green Fridge Freezer

Many items that we take for granted in the home have undergone major design changes in recent years. Our understanding of those changes has sometimes failed to keep pace. Take the humble fridge freezer, for example. How should you go about examining the features of the various models that are available. To begin with, you need to understand the various features that are advertised by sales people in high street stores or described online. In the UK all fridge freezers are given an energy rating for starters but what do these ratings really mean? Fridge freezers will probably be one of the largest users of energy in your home – possibly second only to your central heating. This may come …

An Introduction to Bulb Flowers

Just about every flower gardener will work with bulb plants at one time or another. Bulbs are loved by gardeners for the ease with which they grow, their hardiness and the fact that they can bloom again and again for many consecutive seasons without the need to replant. With all these advantages, it is no wonder that bulb plants are so popular among both new and experienced gardeners. Choosing the right bulbs, however, is one thing that many beginning gardeners have trouble with. After you develop and eye and feel for finding the best bulbs, however, you will be able to spot them from across the garden center. When choosing bulbs for your garden, it is important to choose the …

A Suet Way To Attract Birds To Your Yard

No, I didn’t misspell the word sweet. Suet is a particular food that birds just can’t resist, to wit, a great way to attract them to your bird house. A Suet Way To Attract Birds To Your Yard Make no mistake about it, Suet is some nasty stuff. It is the thick, white fat from a side of beef. It is slick and hardly appetizing food stuff. That is, unless you are a bird. For some unknown reason, Suet is the chocolate of the bird habitat. If you want to attract birds to the bird house you have set up in the backyard, this is the stuff guaranteed to do it. You can buy Suet at your local grocery store. …

Award Winning Shade Garden Planta

The 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year was Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ or Japanese Painted Fern and this plant deserves to be in all shade gardens. This hardy fern grows twelve to eighteen inches tall and slowly multiplies to form a large clump twenty four inches across. The fronds are approximately eighteen inches long and are a soft-grey metallic colour with hints of red and blue. The centre stem is red so the contrast is excellent. It is a lovely plant preferring partial shade rather than deep shade. It does best with regular watering rather than dry soils. The Japanese painted fern is native to Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan and once you see it unfurling its metallic grey frond in …