Monthly Archives: October 2013
Over the years we’ve heard a fair share of ballast disaster stories. Practically all of these stories have the same underlying theme; the ballast has burned a wooden floor, a carpet, a grow tent, or any other material that isn’t fireproof. Nearly all of these disasters could’ve been avoided with a bit of prior preparation. So, to keep you from becoming the next ballast casualty, here’s why mounting your ballast matters.
Ballasts give out a lot of heat
This is especially true for “traditional” analogue ballasts. These ballasts can easily run hot enough to melt the plastic of a grow tent, turn a wooden block into charcoal, or put an undesirable burn mark into your brand new carpet. Best case scenario you’ll spot the problem before it escalates. Worst case; you’ll be calling the fire brigade.
Even though modern digital ballasts certainly have much cooler running temperatures than their anal
What do vertical vegetable patches and farm kitchens have to do with contemporary, forward thinking design? Well, it all comes down to micro-agriculture and making the most of limited spaces. Many of us are currently living in increasingly cramped urban environments where making the most of the little space we have is becoming ever more important.
On top of this, there’s a growing demand for nutritious home-grown produce that’s free from pesticides and genetic modification; something that’s unfortunately becoming a rarity in a society where pollution, chemical treatments, and food additives are par for the course nowadays.
Introducing the Farm Kitchen
So, as part of this year’s London Design Festival and the forward thinking event 100% design, the organisers decided to address this need and call on innovative designers to create a “farm kitchen.” This kitchen was to be designed with the aim of providing a variety of novel solutions to the problem o
Buying a ballast? Watch out for cheap but not-so-cheerful products
Buying a decent ballast isn’t always an easy choice to make. The horticultural market is full of options, and practically every ballast, no matter how cheap or expensive, claims to provide “maximum output” for your grow plants.
The plain truth is that many ballasts that claim to power your lamp at full capacity simply don’t live up to their own hype. Of course, we don’t like to point fingers without any proof to back up our assumptions.
Luckily for us, Maxigrow were as sceptical as we were about some of the new ballasts to arrive on the scene and their research team quickly put some of these “all singing and all dancing” ballasts to the test.
Who are Maxigrow?
If you don’t already know, Maxigrow are well-established as a leading supplier of horticultural lighting products, producing a range of top-notch grow light goods under their Maxibright brand. Maxigrow h
Starting out your new indoor gardening hobby can be an exciting time. You’re probably keen to get going and start carefully raising those plants like they were your own children. You’ve bought a grow tent and all the kit you need to get you off to a flying start but there’s one slight problem; you have no idea where to begin.
Don't worry, you're not alone
Many of our customers are people trying out indoor gardening for the first time and they often have questions about setting up an effective growing environment.
We are always more than happy to offer advice and guidance to our customers, which is why we've decided to put some of our most frequently asked questions into video format to help you on your way to becoming an indoor gardening pro.
Installing a grow light
One of the questions we often get asked is how to properly install a grow light into a grow tent. The go
Festivals are known for being pretty hectic so we decided to bring a bit of peace and tranquillity to this year’s Brisfest with the Green’s Horticultural Garden. After all, nothing provides a retreat from festival antics like a nice slice of nature.
Our expert gardener Mat kindly donated his beautiful plants to please the eyes of festival attendees, amongst which were some of his finest bamboo and chilli plants, which all went on display in our dedicated horticultural tent. Of course, no garden haven is complete without adequate seating and for that we got talented graffiti artists Paris, Haka, and Pasha to paint us some of their wonderful pieces to add some colourful art to complement our garden scene.
We thoroughly enjoyed Brisfest and had a great time talking to the happy festival goers as they adm