May
07
2014

Effects of Water Quality on Plants

It would be very sad if one day you turned on your hose, watered your plants and they died. It’s not science fiction. While that does not happen to most people in America, it does happen to some whose water supplies have been compromised. Livestock waste, heavy metals, fracking and industrial waste are just a few of the participants in contaminating our water supplies. Sadly it will only get worse. Water is one of the most precious commodities on earth. … Continue Reading

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May
07
2014

Designing and Building a Drip System

Designing and building a drip system can be a scary thought for many gardeners. But it’s not really and we here at Gardening Unlimited encourage you to consider it. Our goal is always to help you achieve the garden of your dreams and a properly maintained drip system is often a valuable asset. If you could do something that would save you time, increase the growth and didn’t take a lot of money or effort, why wouldn’t you? In this … Continue Reading

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Mar
31
2014

The Gavita Pro 1000w Complete

 We have an odd way of judging products here at Gardening Unlimited and eHydroponics, we listen to our customers. Product salespeople talk a great game but the customer always gives you the straight dirt. Gavita Horticultural Lighting has excellent salespeople, but that’s not why we think Gavita lights are the best grow light on the market right now. Let’s just say, the customer is always right. And these days the customers want Gavita.  So what exactly makes the Gavita Pro … Continue Reading

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Mar
31
2014

How to Prevent Early Spring Flowering

  Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference, as well as the timing of when you decide to put your plants outside. But when is too early to plant your garden? This depends greatly on your geographic location and sun exposure of your garden location. The general consensus in planting zones north of Central California is to put your plants outside around memorial day weekend … Continue Reading

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Mar
31
2014

Greenhouse Covering Materials

So Spring has sprung, and it is time to start thinking about getting your greenhouse or hoop-house set-up and covered. An important part of this process is to determine the type of greenhouse covering you are going to use. As greenhouse gardening becomes more prevalent across the US, the options for covering your garden continues to increase as well. While volumes can be written about the various styles of greenhouses, their designs and dynamics; the goal here is to just … Continue Reading

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Mar
31
2014

Maximizing Grow Light Output

 You think you’re getting the most out of your grow light? Think again. Indoor gardeners should always want to maximize grow light output. Plant yield and electrical cost savings are two pretty good reasons why. And while most growers want to get the most from their grow light, many are not. Why not? They have some pretty good excuses actually. Some people have no choice; maybe they can’t afford a better grow light or they don’t have 240V power available. … Continue Reading

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Feb
07
2014

Double-ended lamp technology and what it means to you

Plants have a different sensitivity response than humans to light of various wavelengths.  For green plants, the sensitivity to red light is the highest while it is lowest in the the green spectrum. For this reason, the “lumen” is not the most accurate measurement for the actual light being used by plants.  Light emissions may be regarded as bundles of energy particles which are called light quanta or photons, and to this point, most HID’s have been developed with humans … Continue Reading

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Feb
07
2014

Maximizing PAR output with a new double-ended system

So as with the introduction of any new technology, there is a slight learning curve that needs to be addressed to ensure optimum performance.  The first most noticeable difference is that the double ended bulbs look considerably different than standard HID bulbs. The bulbs no longer fit a mogul socket; they are in fact tapered at both ends and require a special fixture in order to operate. Gavita appears to have been the first on the scene, and are the most recognized brand of this … Continue Reading

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Feb
07
2014

ePapillon: an evolution in HID lighting

Every once in a while a new product comes to market that helps to change up the status-quo of the industry and helps to push things to the next level. Dutch Garden Supplies International has recently introduced such a product. Their recent release of the ePapillon ballast; a compact digital ballast, lamp and reflector system that utilizes the emerging double-ended bulb technology. This lamp technology focuses on the increase in Photosynthetic Active Radiation (PAR) value, which is the light plants can use, as opposed … Continue Reading

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Sep
10
2013

How to Prevent Plant Diseases

Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and he may have been referring to plant health and disease prevention. Rather than discussing the vast array of grey black fuzzy brown wilting diseases lets focus on prevention. It’s far easier. Light, air, and water are the most important factors to plant health. A healthy plant in prime conditions will be far less likely to fall victim to disease. Plant health depends on good light and … Continue Reading

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