Thick Stone Walls Are Ideal – Indoor Garden Design

indoor garden designThe better insulated your home, the easier and more affordable it might be to maintain a healthy and thriving indoor garden.

Thick, stone walls are ideal. Normally, cheap wooden homes with poor insulation are. Ask yourself this simple question. The question is. You live in a 18th century French barn conversion with three foot thick stone walls or a prefab wooden duplex with the statutory minimum quantity of crappy insulation from the 1970s, right? Also, the less insulation your dwelling affords you from fluctuations in ambient temperatures outdoors, the more effect the outdoor seasons will have on your indoor garden. With all that said… Surely the main point of an indoor garden is that YOU are in control of environmental factors, not the other way around?

I know that the watts can add up fast. They need to be connected to your electricity supply safely without risking overloads, high intensity discharge grow lights. AC units. Pumps. Extractors and oscillating ‘fansnot’ only do these items require dozens of plug sockets. High ceilings are sent from the heavens as far as indoor gardening is concerned. As a result, the extra volume of air afforded by high ceilings makes for easier environmental control, It’s not that we necessarily need to grow our plants tall.

Of course additional ceiling height gives you more flexibility when it boils down to choosing a growing system and reflector. Raising the height of your grow trays takes the strain off your back and confers additional benefits including easier drainage and nutrient in ‘recirculating’ systems all of this thanks to gravity!

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indoor garden design Ducting can be securely fixed in place since Many growers create a custom cover for the window or vent in their grow room, cut a hole in it and fit a flange. Now this has the benefit of helping to keep pests and light out while still providing an effective extraction route. Intake air must ideally be drawn from inside your home -a nice cool room adjacent room is ideal. Drawing icy air from outdoors during winter and blowing it directly on your plants shan’t please them. Normally, be sure to use a bug screen on all air intakes. They cause 10 30 air resistance but the extra protection from bugs, mold spores and pollens is worth the extra cost of speccing your fans a little higher.

They can often be subject to extremes in temperature because of their elevation, exposure to sunshine, and poor insulation, attics may seem like a nice out of the way place for a small indoor garden.

Attics can be problematic. Not only is access often limited to a small square hole but there’s also often the poser of limited vertical space and more susceptibility to extremes in temperature. That’s interesting right? If an attic is your only option insulation might be top on your agenda. Anyway, because of the extra volume of air the room holds -making environmental control much easier, higher ceiling make life easier for indoor gardeners, not necessarily as they need to grow tall plants.

Got access to a cellar or basement? So that’s great news! Earth is a fantastic insulator so growing subterranean is ideal from an insulation perspective. So this can easily be rectified by investing in a dehumdifier and proper ventilation, one potential drawback is the potential for high humidity problems. Take a moment to check for drainage options for getting rid of old nutrient solution. If you live in a poorly insulated building, the location for your indoor garden within the building itself becomes even more important. Notice, think cool. That is interesting. In the course of the summer months and it will probably be a whole lot easier to regulate its temperature.

How far away from your proposed garden is your nearest water source?

Are you planning to require endless yards of hosepipe to get water to your indoor garden? While carting bucket after bucket of water up and down stairs quickly gets boring, have you worked out how you are planning to deal with run off water or nutrient solution -believe us. Consequently, whenever something to give you the opportunity to extract your garden’s warm air to the outside world, look for a hole, a vent, a window. It’s an interesting fact that the key word most of us are aware that there is outside -don’t be tempted to simply vent the air out of your grow room into another room in your house. Spent air and defeating the ‘point not’ to mention humidity and damp problems, before you know it you’ll simply be recirculating old.

You need to consider allocating a space to keep a large container like a rain collection barrel to mix and store your nutrient solution. Should’ve been removed from any space where you are planning to grow as it can harbor no end of pests and pathogens. Furthermore, you can lay down protective plastic sheeting, So in case removing the carpet ain’t an option. Your indoor garden might be as easy as possible to keep squeaky clean.

While removing old, warm, spent air and replacing it with cooler, fresh air, both these challenges can easily be met through adequate ventilationthat is.

Most gardeners achieve this by using extraction fans and ducting. Usually, some research into the quality of the water in your area is time well spent. There’s a lot more info about this stuff here. Measure your water’s ‘conductivitythis’ is a straightforward test you can perform yourself with a conductivity meter (quality models are available for around percentagedollarsign -also known as a EC meter or TDS meter. Anyway, pPM or 3 / 4 EC should be an indication that you need to invest in a water softener and reverse osmosis water purifier to remove carbonates, chlorine, chloramines and identical contaminants.

All sounds simple so far doesn’t it?

Inadequate ventilation is a huge issue that creeps up on most new growers time and again. Notice that why? Well, one theory is connected to the exponential growth of your plants. Everything seems fine at the start when your plants’ needs are small and you’re probably only running one or two grow lights, perhaps some fluorescent T5s that don’t generate very much heat. Do their needs, as your plants grow exponentially! It’s only when your plants are bigger, say right after the vegetative stage or a few weeks into flowering, that deficiencies in your ventilation system start to bottleneck plant ‘developmentjust’ as your plants’ needs are moving into the corner of the hockey stick -it’s a glass ceiling that many growers simply can’t see coming.

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