225 LED 13.8 Watt Square Grow Light Panel

225 LED 13.8 Watt Square Grow Light Panel

Product Features

Body material: Thermoplastic
Circuitry board material: Diecast Chrome
60 Blue light LEDs: 465nm (nanometer) wave length
165 Red light LEDs: 650nm (nanometer) wave length
165 + 60 = Total 225 LEDs

Product Description

This panel has no ballasts to burn out like other plant lights. It does not run hot, just warm. You will not experience unsightly brown burned leaves when they accidentally touch the LEDs. This is common with most other lights that get very hot. This more controlled running temperature reduces the need to water so often and keeps rooms with plants from getting uncomfortably hot in the summer months requiring additional air conditioning. Extreme energy efficiency permits this new LED panel to pay for itself many times over each year in electricity savings. It saves 50% to 90% in energy consumption compared to incandescent bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Wide angle projection insures uniform leaf coverage.

Scientifically calculated even blending of red and blue LEDs eliminates the time consuming task of repositioning separate colored lights back and forth trying to achieve uniform exposure. 14 to 16 hours per day is all that is necessary for maximum plant health with this wave blended lighting system. This allows distances 6-Inch and less between the LEDs and the plants accelerating photosynthesis.

Red and blue wavelengths are for growing and flowering of plants. The typical white plant lights that are very hot is unnecessary and just consume excessive electricity. The purity of the LED generated light lengthens flowering periods. These LEDs turn on instantly and can be turned on by hand each day or work well with all standard light timers.

Color: Red + Blue = Purple looking to the eyes. Working Voltage: 12V or 110V-220V Power: 13.8 Watts Dimensions: 12 inches (30.5cm) square Thickness: Low profile 1.25-Inch Power cord length: 48 inches

Recommended coverage: one panel per 18 inches square LED life: Approx. 15 years used all year long. (60 years for spring starting of seedlings)

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AeroGarden Products Are Great For Indoor Gardening


Grow abundant herbs, greens, or vegetables for your family 365 days a year in the comfort of your kitchen.  No gardening experience or even dirt is necessary.  AeroGardens are mess-free, user-friendly, low-maintenance process that you don’t need a green thumb to use.  NASA-tested aeroponic technology to grow plants in water, nutrients, and air.

Aeroponics is a dirt-free growing method in which plant roots are suspended in air within a highly oxygenated growing chamber with 100% humidity.  The roots are bathed in ideal levels of nutrients, oxygen, and water, allowing the plants to grow significantly faster, become healthier, and have a higher nutrient content that plants grown in soil.

Product Features

  • Revolutionary kitchen appliance lets you grow your own food indoors all year round right in your own kitchen
  • Dirt-free NASA-tested aeroponic technology grows plants in water, nutrients, and air
  • Computerized Adaptive Growth Intelligence monitors growth and alerts you when to add water and nutrients
  • Organically based and 100% natural

The AeroGarden family of self-contained planters come in a variety of sizes and kits.  You can grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables and enjoy the benefits of having a garden even in the dead of winter.  It even goes so far as to tell you when to water and/or add nutrients. Talk about fail proof!

So, if you’re not wanting to give up having fresh herbs or vegetables, waiting till next spring or summer, I suggest you take a closer look at the AeroGarden products.    By the way, as you might expect, tomatoes are also a favorite planting of AeroGarden users.

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The classic AeroGarden is the AeroGarden Classic 7-pod, but they also make a 6-pod (although, I think they may have discontinued this model recently) and more compact 3-pod models. Most are available in black, white, chrome with assorted starter seed-packs. The AeroGarden 3 has the most options coming in a myriad of colors, including red, yellow and pink, or in ladybug and bumblebee schemes. So, whatever your size needs or decor requirements, there’s a good chance there’s an AeroGarden that will fit the bill.

The AeroGarden 3 offers the aeroponic magic of our original AeroGarden in a stylish, space-saving package. About the same size as a coffee maker, it’s perfect for kitchens that are short on counter space. It’s also great as a “living flower bouquet” on a desk, entry table or dresser. Grow fresh Basil, Chives & Thyme with the included Gourmet Herb Seed Kit. Seed kits for cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, salad greens, flowers and more are available. 100% success
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Enjoy the taste and fragrance of fresh herbs, vegetables and salad greens grown right in your kitchen. The AeroGarden grows them all with no dirt, mess or pesticides. Plants grow in water, nutrients and air, up to twice as fast as plants grown in soil. It’s easy, foolproof, and 100% guaranteed. It’s self-watering and self-feeding. The AeroGarden automatically controls the built-in grow bulbs and tells you when to add more water and nutrients. Grow fresh Italian Basil, Purple Basil, Chives,
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Azomite To Your Organic Garden

While most of the attention is given to the “big 3” of nutrients; nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, plants also require trace minerals and micro-nutrients to thrive. Azomite – Organic Trace Mineral Soil Additive Fertilizer is a great way to supplement the feeding of your garden soil, whether you are growing organically or not. Odds are good that your soil is lacking, or in many cases, void of many of these trace elements that plants need to flourish.

What is Azomite?

Azomite is the name of a special rock in Utah. Early in the 20th century geological prospector Rollin Anderson found deposits of montmorillonite clay in a valley south of Salt Lake City. AZOMITE® is a registered trade mark and is an acronym for “A to Z of Minerals Including Trace Elements”. AZOMITE® contains more than 60 trace minerals which include many rare earth elements.

AZOMITE® is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. It is simply mined, crushed and sold. It has a pH of 8.0 and does contain trace amounts of heavy metals and lead, but in lesser amounts than might be found in your typical soil sample. It does not contain sufficient amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous, or potassium, so additional plant fertilizing is necessary from other sources for these macro-nutrients.

How much do you need?

Here are the application guidelines given at azomite.com:

“When preparing the soil, use AZOMITE® at the rate of 1 lb per 10 sq ft. If in rows, mix with the seed or starter plant and apply at the rate of 1 lb per 25 ft of row. If bed is established, sprinkle around each plant. AZOMITE® should be applied with compost, humus, manures, or other fertilizers to provide additional levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. AZOMITE® will not burn plants. For house plants, mix 1 teaspoon per 2 inch pot diameter with potting soil before planting. Give 1 teaspoon quarterly thereafter. For roses, apply 1/2 lb. to 1 lb. to the soil around each plant and lightly till into soil.”

Prices current as of 11/19/2012

*Note: The Azonite granular, pictured in the center above, comes in 4, 8, and 12-lb bags (4 lb bag shown). I believe the other two products are Azomite powder, which should not be spread with a spreader due to excess dust produced, but the granular product can be. Also note that the larger 44 lb. bag price does not include shipping, which will add approx. $26.50. So, you’re looking at roughly just under $2.00/lb.

While not the cheapest supplement to your garden, I also don’t think that its prohibitive when you consider the benefits received. The average garden might use 5-10 lbs, of course, if you have a larger garden, then you may want to consider getting the 44 lb. bag.  So, I would estimate that you’re looking at $20-25/year to add Azomite to your organic garden.

Indoor Organic Container Gardening

Sometimes, the desire to garden might be hindered by your circumstances, such as living arrangements or space constrictions. While most of the articles on this site address growing vegetables (and there is a post that covers raised-bed gardening, which is container gardening on steroids), this article is addressed more towards people who may live in an apartment or condo and have limited space. Of course, you can also use container gardening in a house.

If you live in an apartment, you can’t really have a full garden because you don’t have a yard! But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening. I think that one of the best solutions for this problem is container gardening. You can hang baskets or get pots and arrange them on your patio, window sill or balcony.  Just a few baskets or pots, and your whole living area will look much nicer and more inviting.

A benefit of growing in small containers is the fact that you can move them around to suit your needs. If you rearrange your furniture and you think that it would look nicer if it was in another area, it’s no problem at all to move it. As long as there is sufficient lighting, your plant shouldn’t mind the transition at all.

Going organic indoors is easy!

Another benefit of the containers’ versatility is the fact that you can adapt it to simulate any environment depending on the type of soil you fill it with and where you place it.  Organic gardening in a container garden is easy to do because you can choose the soil and compost material you put into your pot and with fewer bugs to keep under control, you have little need for pesticides.

If you are trying to make an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of containers and plants, you can arrange your containers at different heights by hanging them from the ceiling or placing them on stands. Hanging them will allow you to make the most of the space you have.  This method of container gardening is called “vertical gardening”.  If you pull it off right, you can make a very pleasing arrangement of plants while conserving your valuable space.

If you live in an apartment or condo, you know how important it is to conserve space!  One method of vertical gardening is the use of a wooden step ladder.  If painted correctly, you can arrange all the plants on it in a beautiful, stylish cascade of color. Of course, there’s nothing that says you are limited to growing flowers if you don’t have a yard.

More and more people have turned to growing herbs  indoors.  And, the more adventuresome are even growing vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, which do well growing in containers. You can even buy complete systems that contain everything you need to grow herbs and vegetables indoors.

Container gardening takes a bit more attention because you have to water more often and go around to each individual container. However, the square footage for container plants is much less than that of an actual garden and the time you save not having to weed and having fewer pests to worry about offsets the extra effort you must put into watering your plants more often. Its just as important that you don’t over-water your container plants, as this can be just as bad to their health as under-watering.

When choosing containers for your plants, you’ll want to buy them all at once along with some extras in case they break or you add more plants later. You don’t necessarily want them to be all the same shape and size, but the effect is nice if they are all in the same style so that they compliment each other. Plastic containers are the best because they require the least amount of watering. If you prefer to stick with clay or earthen pots then you should line the inside with plastic to minimize the water that clay and earthen pots soak up.

How big will that plant get?

Another thing to keep in mind when buying your containers is the fact that the size of the pot will ultimately affect the size of the plant. When choosing pots, considering what you plan on growing in each one. If you search for the plant you chose on the internet, you should be able to find specifications as to how much root space it should be given. Of course, this could even be an advantage for you, if you choose a plant that can grow very large, you can restrict how big it will grow by keeping it in a smaller container.

If the benefits of container gardening sound appealing to you, then you should start planning out your container garden today. If you make a list of all the plants you want to grow, you can do a little research to find out what size and shape of pots you should get. After that, it’s just a matter of arranging them in a way that makes your home look the nicest.

Growing Organic is even more important indoors!

Living in the city, an apartment or condo does not have to mean you can’t have a garden. It simply means you’ll have to learn how to adapt organic gardening techniques with an indoor container garden.  Its actually the easiest method of gardening using organic methods because  you’re indoors and away from most of the pests.  And, not using chemicals and poisonous pesticides is especially important when your plants are indoors with you!

Grow Organic Herbs On A Window-Sill – Easily

By Carm Paynter

We can categorize house plants in many different ways, but when it comes to which plants are most likely to survive in an indoor environment, the light level plays a very prominent role. House plants are outdoor plants where nature takes care of all their basic needs, like water, light, pollination and temperature. Bringing plants indoors creates a beautiful natural indoor green space to our indoor living area. Unfortunately, most of us indoor gardeners don’t have the right conditions for them to survive and the plants just cannot make the transition. To have happy, healthy plants indoors we have to know which plants are capable of surviving in low light conditions (shade loving). Low-light types of plants grown in the house give the novice indoor gardener a much better chance to succeed in growing beautiful house-plants.

Most of us have particular plants in mind when we think about the normal houseplants. Let’s consider other plants that can be grown indoors, especially organic herbs that you can use to flavor your food. There really is nothing that perks up a recipe more than the use of freshly picked, herbs from your own garden. Too many of us begin using dried herbs after the frost has killed off the fresh ones in the garden, but there is no need to. Most herbs are easy to grow indoors on a sunny window sill. For sure, south facing is best but you can put them in almost any window and find that they are able to adjust to most situations.

Select a narrow container that will look good on your window-sill, one that has holes in the bottom or one where holes can be made. This is absolutely necessary for drainage or your plants will die. Fill it with a soil-less mix, growing medium (get this from a garden center) and plant the seeds you have chosen. Water well.

You will want to put all of this into a plastic bag until you get these little plants growing well, because if they were to dry out when they are tiny they will die. Do not seal the bag, the plants want some air too.

Some herbs will definitely grow better in the house than others. Lavender, Cilantro, Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Chives, Tarragon, Basil and Mint are smart choices if you plan to start your indoor garden from seed. Since space will likely be a limiting factor you need to be sure to consider what you will be doing with the herbs you want to grow.

Think of the herb you will use most. That should apply whether they will be grown indoors or outdoors in your organic garden. Grow things that you would use all the time in most of the dishes you like to prepare. Don’t grow them for the sake of growing them, although that is fun too. All those new things you want to try.

Let’s take an example, suppose you love Basil, there are so many types for you to try; Purple leaf, Genovese, Lemon Basil, Sweet Basil, Spicy Globe Basil, Ruffle Leaf Basil, Purple Ruffle Leaf Basil, Giant Leaf Basil and lots more. Have you run out of windows yet? What about the other herbs you like? choose wisely.

Here are some other herbs you may want to grow. Cilantro, Lavender, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon, Chives and Parsley. There are numerous others but these can get you started. These can be seeded either indoors or out. Consider planting outdoors and bringing the ones you like best inside for the winter.

There are 2 major advantages to growing your own herbs. First the herbs are fresh and usually impart a much gentler flavor to your dishes, dried herbs usually get much stronger as they dry. The second and most important, there isn’t any unknown chemicals on your herbs. The fresh or dried herbs that can be purchased have been grown in conditions which we know nothing about.

Organic gardening is a must if we are to reduce the chemical pesticides we are exposed to. Growing food plants organically outdoors or indoors, in your own organic garden is the answer.

The Window-sill Garden makes a particularly unique gift idea. Get a narrow container and plant with Fragrant Herbs, Lavender, Thyme and Oregano or with the Kitchen Herbs, Sweet Basil, Chives and Parsley. Do you want a friend to remember you every day? Just get them growing and give as a gift.

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