Food Dehydrator – Who Needs One

With todays seemingly instant availability of food and with literally every modern home having a refrigerator and freezer for food storage, you may ask “who needs a food dehydrator?” You might say, “If I can dash up to the local grocery store at a moments notice and get all of my fruits, veggies, meats etc., why would I ever need to a food dehydrator to preserve my food?” My knee jerk response to this mentality is “who wouldnt want a food dehydrator?” A modern food dehydrator can be one of the most versatile and wisest health and wellness equipment purchases you could make. But, it is a fair questionjust who does need a food dehydrator? Lest talk about that for just a bit.

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I absolutely believe, without a doubt that any family of two or more people who have any size of a vegetable garden should have a kitchen food dehydrator. If you have had any experience with a garden at any time of your life you know that the abundance of your harvest is always far more than your original planting. The planting of one tomato plant can reap a dozen or more tomatoes. Your familys ability to eat all of your gardens harvest abundance is probably pretty slim. With a food dehydrator you have the ability preserve this produce for your familys enjoyment over the next several months. Granted, your neighbors probably wont like you owning this dehydrator since they wont be getting near as much free goodies out of your garden.

Todays average American student has never before in our nations history been so far removed from the origins of our food supply. As a teaching tool, a food dehydrator in the classroom just makes so much sense. It will provide your students with visual and real time, hands-on experience with their raw food. For a child to take a strawberry that was picked from a classroom garden plot, dehydrate it and then have it explode with taste in their mouth is an absolutely priceless teachable moment. Whether it is related to history, science or home economics the practical uses of a classroom food dehydrator can be one of the most effective and versatile teaching tools in your classroom.

A hunters best friend may be more than just his trusty hunting dog. Todays hunter needs an additional best friend in the form of an equally trusty food dehydrator. After a successful hunting excursion a hunter needs an effective and timely way to preserve the fresh meat. To turn this meat into a tasty, seasoned piece of jerky can be the gastronomical highlight of the trip. A food dehydrator at the camp site or lodge will be one of the most heavily used pieces of camping equipment. Speaking of camping, whether you are a weekend camper, hiker or hardcore survivalist, what could be more needed than an inexpensive supply of healthy, finger food and snacks to eat on the trail or at the campsite? A food dehydrator will provide you with that healthy blast of good carbohydrates and proteins that your body will crave during these physically demanding events. These dried snacks will not require any form of preparation or elaborate preservation and will be extremely light weight and easy to pack. The eating of these snacks will not require any additional food preparation. Dehydrated food can literally be a highly nutritional power snacks that can fit in your backpack or pocket.

Food engineers have said that food dehydration may be one of the most effective forms of cost efficient food preservation techniques. Churches with a theological belief system based on end times survival or feeding impoverished world populations have listened very carefully to this research. Amassing a home or community storehouse of well preserved foods with the use of a home food dehydrator is front and center in many families spiritual and family lives. Other missionary families are recognizing the efficiency of a food dehydrator and incorporating it into the feeding of their indigenous followers. These are populations who may be suffering from lack of food due to famine, natural disaster or war torn atrocities. A food dehydrator is being recognized as the catalyst that can not only meet religious requirements but allow one person to effectively feed a multitude with healthy, preserved, nutritious food.

So, here is the question. Do you see yourself in any of these examples? Are you in a family of two or more folks who have any size garden? Are you a teacher or a member of a school system that is searching for creative, cheap and effective teaching tools? Are you an outdoor lover that needs that healthy, finger food snack? Are you the member of a church that requires you to preserve at least a years worth of food? Does your church support a missionary in the field who is trying to effectively feed the surrounding people in order to spread the message? If you see yourself in any of these examples then YOU are the one who needs a food dehydrator. From about $50.00 to $250.00 your one time purchase of a modern home food dehydrator will last for years. You food dehydrator will provide you years of service and quickly become that piece of kitchen equipment that you will wonder how you

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Clipping the Clematis a guide to proper pruning

Clematis are one of the most beautiful, versatile and, subsequently, popular additions to the British garden. Due to their ability to grow vertically on walls and trellis, in containers, or horizontally entwining with other plants and shrubs, it is no surprise that, once you have this cultivar established, you should want to maintain and ensure its growth for years to come.

There are many reasons for regularly pruning your clematis, not the least of which is their aesthetic, which will be greatly diminished by a lack of maintenance – without trimming the stems and shoots would grow tangled and bare and the majority of the plants beautiful flowers would begin blooming well above eye level. Aside from this, some varieties of Clematis can also be mildly invasive, so severe negligence could lead to the suffocation and demise of other less vigorous species in the garden.

There are basically three main groups when it comes to pruning:

Group One

Group one Clematis flower in the spring and consist of those varieties generally possessing the lightest foliage and smallest blooms, although this is more than made for by their numbers. This group includes varieties such as montana, macropetala and alpina and all are characterized by flowers that bloom on the growth of the previous year. Only if necessary, pruning should occur immediately after the seasons flowering has finished, to remove any spent flowers that might inhibit future growth. Leave it any later than this and you wont get any flowers next year. However the older, thicker wooded stems of the plants can be cut back with abandon, ideally to just a couple feet above their base. It may take some time for the plant to recover, however, and you should allow a year for newer flowers to show through, if they do not, assume that the stems were too old to rejuvenate and begin planting a new specimen.

Group Two

These cultivars are generally comprised of large, showy blooms and flower from late spring to early summer. They include varieties such as the striped Nelly Moser and the beautifully double Vyvyan Pennell, and sometimes produce a second flourish later on in the year. It is best to prune this group at the end of February or start of March by cutting them back by about two thirds, or to around a metre high, just above the bud ideally, but you can always start at the top of the plant and work your way down in order to ensure precision. The new shoots of this season will sprout from of those of the previous growths and so it is essential you be consistent with your pruning to ensure healthy growth year by year.

Group Three

The pruning method and timing for group three is similar to group two, except that, as they flower later, you can be a bit more severe – all the stems should be trimmed to pairs of plump buds around 30cms above the soil. Type three clematis varieties include viticella, orientalis and tangutica.

A philosophy that is indiscriminate from one pruning group to the other, however, is the necessity of your initial maintenance – if the plant is a new addition i.e. it is without a few well established stems then it should be pruned thoroughly regardless of its variety to about 30cms above ground level. This will encourage multiple stems which can be trained in to supports to give a good distribution of flowers. If you wish to structure the plant vertically in an independent position it is important that you provide continuous support to the stems with canes or obelisks.

So, you see its not really complicated. Look after your Clematis and you can be rewarded with masses of colourful blooms throughout the year as, with careful selection, you can have a clematis in flower whatever the season.

Tips and Guide to Herbs Gardening – Basil, Dill and Lavender

Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished gardener, creating an herb garden is one of the easiest ways to enhance your love of nature. Having an herb garden is not only a beautiful and aromatic addition to any home garden; it is also a helpful and practical idea as well. For centuries, these delectable treats of nature have been fundamental in creating natural, holistic remedies for minor to severe ailments. In addition to their medicinal value, herbs have also been instrumental in creating some of the world’s most flavorful cuisine. While these plants are known for being hardy, it is important to note each specific plant requires its own special recipe of care.

Basil – This herb is one of the most commonly grown and is highly regarded by herb garden enthusiasts all over the world. The Basil plant is best suited for growth in dry air and rich warm soil. Spring is the perfect season to start growing the Basil plant, but only after all threats of frost have been alleviated as this plant is highly sensitive to cold temperatures and may become damaged if exposed.

When planting Basil, it is important to remember to place each plant about twelve inches apart. This way, it will let each plant gain access to adequate water, enabling it to grow into a healthy plant. It takes approximately six weeks for the Basil to sprout leaves that are suitable for collection and use. After collection, it is important to ensure that the correct dehydration methods are used to get an aromatic dried herb suitable for numerous recipes to tempt your palate. This robust herb would have grown to approximately one or two feet tall and sprouted deep green or even purplish leaves with small white flowers during warm summer months.

Dill – Nothing could be simpler than growing the tasty herb Dill. Just a scattering of seeds thrown into your herb garden can result in stalks that can grow to four feet high. This particular herb is an excellent addition to many recipes and adds a beautiful display to your garden. Dill plant stalks produce a cluster of lavish yellow flowers combined with unique feather like, blue-green leaves.

The Dill plant is a sun loving plant, so areas with full access to sunlight will ensure a thriving plant. A distance of eight to ten inches between plants is the best way to ensure a hardy crop. After sowing the seeds, you should go back in approximately 2 weeks when the herbs reach the height of 1 inch, and thin out the area around each herb. This process will ensure that each plant receives its required amount of nutrients from the soil as well as ensuring each plant is exposed to sufficient sunlight.

The Dill plant is useful in many ways. The beautiful bright yellow flowers make an excellent tool for decorating while the seeds and leaves are the perfect addition to dips and salads. You can harvest the flowers when they are in full bloom and use them as part of your fresh flower or dried flower arrangements. After the yellow blooms have blossomed for approximately two weeks, you can then harvest the Dill seeds. A good way is to trim the flowers and dry them upside down, while suspended over a plate or a piece of paper. Such a method lets the seeds fall, ready for collection for other uses. Finally, crumbling the dried leaves is another way to add the distinct taste of Dill to any cherished recipe.


Pumpkins are great fun to grow especially for children who love to see them turned into lanterns for Halloween. The flesh also makes a delicious pumpkin pie or soup. To ensure you have some pumpkins ready for next Halloween you can start sowing seeds indoors from April to June or directly outdoors from late May to early June once the ground has warmed up and all risk of frost has passed.

Pumpkins like a fertile, well-drained soil and full sun, with direct sun for at least six hours per day and shelter from the wind. Before planting out be sure to have prepared the soil in advance by digging in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure.


From April sow pumpkin seeds in 3 inch pots filled with compost. Plant the pumpkin seed on its side to a depth of 1 inch and then cover, placing the pots in a propagator or on a sunny windowsill at a temperature of about 68F until the seeds germinate, which will take about five to seven days.

Continue to grow the seedlings on indoors until they are big enough to be transplanted outside, this normally takes about four weeks. About a week to ten days before transplantation start to get the seedlings acclimatised to outdoor conditions by moving outside to a cold frame or alternatively place outdoors during the day, bringing back in at night for about five days and for the last five days leave out permanently in a sheltered spot.

A couple of weeks before planting out, dig some planting pockets at spacing’s of about 6ft but check your seed packet for exact distances as pumpkins vary greatly in size depending on your chosen variety, making the holes about a spades height, depth and width. These holes should then be filled with a mixture of either well-rotted manure or compost and soil, making a mound of about 6 inches high. In June place the pumpkin plants on top of their own mound and water well, watering around the pumpkins and not over them.


Keep the soil moist and the pumpkin plants well watered during the growing season, pumpkins like plenty of water. Make sure you water around the pumpkins and not over them as the water needs to get right down into the roots.

Pumpkin plants grow very long stems and to stop them spreading too far and wide they can be trained into a circle around the plant itself and as soon as the first fruits begin to swell, using a high potash liquid feed, feed the pumpkin plants about every ten to fourteen days.

To encourage large fruits (if that is what you are after) only leave two or three fruits to develop, removing any other fruits before they have a chance to develop. This will put all the plants energy into only these two or three fruits, thereby bigger pumpkins.

As pumpkins are big, heavy and sit on the ground they can start to rot, particularly if the ground they are sitting on is wet. To avoid this, raise them off the ground and sit them on a piece of wood, tile or glass for example.

To make sure the fruits are getting plenty of light remove any leaves that may be shading them and if there is any risk of a frost before harvest time protect them with straw. Should the weather be too cold, you may need to harvest the pumpkins early and bring them into the warm so that they ripen in time for Halloween.


Allow the fruit to mature and ripen on the plant for as long as possible, you will know when the pumpkins are ready as the skin will be very tough and the stem will start to crack.

When harvesting the fruit leave a few inches of the stem attached to the pumpkin and harvest before the first frost. Pumpkins can be stored for about four to six months provided they are kept well ventilated and at about 50F.


Pumpkin seeds are nutritious and make a delicious snack so don’t throw them away, just scoop out, wash and then dry them.


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Ask anybody living out in the suburbs about two things they see on a per day basis in the property and they are bound to bring up deer, crows, squirrels or rabbits. OK, quite possibly that’s a pretty accurate answer but there’s something even more common: water well heads!

And unlike wild animals which are entertaining and fascinating to watch, water well risers are often-times quite the difference. Ugly metal water well pump risers are far from natural looking. The truth is many would agree that they’re down right sickly! Coated in bright and unnatural colors with shiny metal accents, water well heads just ask for a cover or some kind of camo. And what’s even more annoying would be the location of these utilities. Building contractors and developers always seem to manage to fit the water well caps right smack in the middle of the backyard where they are easily noticed and least wanted.

It can make sense from a design point of view. To be able to keep costs reduced you need your water well to be fairly close to your structure, needing less pipe and a smaller pressure vessel to keep the water moving continuously into your house. But from an aesthetic point of view the reverse is true. As home owners we would much rather see these water wells far out in a distant section buried in tall grass in a area some ways away…out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately this is not always a practical solution, however. And not surprisingly we want everything: clean water, lots of water pressure but with no unsightly water well riser to stare at. What to do?

DekoRRa brand artificial stone well pump enclose combinations are a great solution. These plastic boulders look very real and are very simple to use. One simply places the rock shell over the well cap, stakes it down and walks away. In several scenarios this method is perfect.

This fall DekoRRa’s new line of resin stone edging border blocks hit the market, and combining these with a hollow fake rock, allows people a fast and easy means of changing the areas around their water well caps into nicely edged landscaping features.

These “Well-B-Gone” well pump transformation kits are brand new and are sold in three different types. The hard thing about water well pumps is that no 2 ones feature the exact same dimensions. To solve this they produces different kit sizes to accomodate well risers of different sizes:

The Well-B-Gone Model 101 Kit – contains a DekoRRa Model 101 artificial rock enclosure, a set of 16 Fake Rock Edgers, and a 52″ Diameter pre-cut circle section of Weed Guard. This kit featuring the DekoRRa Model 101 faux rock cover is especially well suited for medium to large well pumps.

The Well-B-Gone Model 102 Kit – – includes a DekoRRa Model 102 faux rock enclosure, a kit of 16 Faux Rock Edgers, and a 52″ Diameter pre-cut circle piece of Weed Guard. This kit including the DekoRRa Model 102 faux rock cover is especially well suited for covering large well pumps.

The Well-B-Gone Model 107 Kit – – includes a DekoRRa Model 107 DekoRRa Rocks enclosure, a kit of 16 Artificial Stone Edgers, and a 52″ Diameter pre-cut sheet piece of Weed Guard. This kit featuring the DekoRRa Model 107 faux rock enclosure is especially well suited for covering smaller well pumps.

With all of these kits the customer simply digs out the sod in a 52″ diameter circle around the well riser, lays down the pre-cut Weed Guard Weed Barrier Template, Stakes the Faux Stone Border Edgers along the far edge of the circle, adds Mulch and places the cover rock over the exposed well pump top. That’s It! It’s a fast mulched and edged rock garden! Plant some flowers and or shrubs and it becomes a true garden accent.

These Well-B-Gone Kits are very simple to install and they include top of the line, Landscaper Grade DekoRRa products that look extremely natural and rock-like. The last thing a customer needs is to disguise an ugly water well head with a cheap, fake looking artificial rock. In making these kits we chose the finest quality products on the market, and the results are outstanding.

How To Grow The Biggest Strawberries Ever

Do you want to learn how to grow the biggest strawberries ever

How I discovered how to grow the biggest strawberries ever

I have been growing strawberries for a number of years now, along with a few other fruits and vegetable. Anyway about 6 months ago I was talking with one of my friends about a pest problem I had with a few of my strawberries plants.

Anyway my find told me about this TV program he had been watching about how farmers can now grow all kinds of plants in water without soil (hydroponics), which helps to stop pests from affecting the crop.

The growing of platys with hydroponics is very big in Holland where it is used indoors and also outdoors or in green houses. As my friend described more of what he had learnt form the TV program he had seen I become more and more interested in it.

There seems to be a lot of complicated science to understand abbot how a plant can grow in just water, well after my convocation with my friend about the TV show he had seen I had a lot of ideas and question about how I could do it myself to grow hydrophoic strawberries myself. So I set out on a little research project to find out more.

I decided to give hydroponic strawberries a try

After learning about hydroponic strawberries from my fined, I decided to get online and learn more about it and whats involved. So I want on line and I had a look around online for some information and very quirkily become very confuted by all the different information out there on the subject of hydroponics grading.

Well after a day or so of online research I worked out the basics I needed to start growing my strawberries plans with hydroponics. My first crop were grown with some strawberries plants I bought from the garden center, and I was surprised at how fast they grew, the final crop was well over twice what I would normally get when I grew my strawberries in soil, and also there was no issues with insects and pests on the plants also. And most amazingly of all was that the strawberries I grew hydroponically were massive almost twice as big as when I grow them in soil.

When I was looking for help to get started with growing strawberries with hydroponics I was confused with all the complicated information out on the internet about whats involved. Well after hours of research online I finally broke it down to three key areas to work out to get a hydrophobic system up and running.

The three key areas to sort out to start growing the biggest strawberries ever

1)The first key area you need to work out is which a hydroponics system you will use.

2)The second thing you need to work out is what hydroponics nutrients you will use

3)And the final thing you need to work out if you are growing your strawberries indoors is a plant lighting system or hydroponics lighting system.

If you would like to double your strawberries crop and double the sizes of your strawberries I seriously recommend that you have a go at growing your strawberries with hydroponics and see the differences for yourself its amazing the results you can achieve.

Deforestation – Effects On Environment And Society

Human beings have always been and possibly will be dependent on forests to some extent. Trees were there form of homes, their natural world, their mine for food and their shelter from opponents. Forests are greatly significant to man, and other living creatures as well; and unfortunately, it is one of the largest threats that the world is facing today.

Mainly, the problems we have are due to massive deforestation; and at the present moment, we are realistically experiencing the detrimental effects of deforestation and suffering from them at the same time.

Deforestation can be characterized by the great scale depletion of forests. Deforestation transpires when forests are transformed to barren lands and areas for industrialization, for source of human consumption, and other explanations without adequate restoration of the forests. It is rather the undying damage to the vast land areas on earth; and thus should be stopped and halted before the untoward effects become totally inevitable.

Effects of Deforestation on The Environment
Forests are one of the most organically distinct areas of the world. Millions of plant and animal species inhabit the forests and may or may not have been classified yet. The unique surroundings of these untouched beauties permit the existence of what we call, biodiversity.

Simply, if the forests are to be destroyed wholly, all forms of biodiversities in it will be swept away. There is no probability of getting them back and having to reconstruct again a forest that is as perfect as the ones we have right now. Furthermore, if these places are completely shattered, the prospect to explore other probabilities would be lost forever.

The effects of deforestation on the coming genre ahead can be absolutely inestimable. Thus, the preservation and the protection against extinction of many species can leave the world with many opportunities open for the forthcoming people ahead. Areas such as medicine and other essential inventions can be gaping for future possibilities for the further advancement of humanity.

Effects of Deforestation on The Society
Much of the effects of deforestation weigh on the indigenous people bracket; this is because they form the largest inhabitants of the forests plus they earn a living from there too. All other groups affected such as hunters and agriculturists have been greatly tormented by the influx of colossal devastation of the forests. All forms of reproductions which people benefit form these land areas have been stopped; and thus, the whole world also suffered from its inescapable effects.

Indigenous people will become homeless if their form of habitation is taken away from them. The natives of every country would be fleeing to live somewhere else, thus bringing another set of problem for the world to absorb. Since they would assumingly transfer to rural and urban areas, their chances of living are narrowed because unlike city inhabitants, these people know less of the busy and buzzing world.

Overall, the terrible effects of deforestation cannot be compensated by the plans of further world development. No matter what great importance industrialization may bring, we must also consider that nature serves us in far better ways than buildings and other facilities you can see in urbanized areas.

Nature knows how to get back at us, and we can inevitably wait for more disastrous effects if humans to do not stop destroying it.

Where to Find Discount Flower Bulbs

While many enjoy the beauty of home-grown flowers, not everyone can afford the hefty price tag of creating an elaborate floral retreat. Luckily, there are discount flower bulbs available for the budget-conscience.

One option is to order wholesale. Some companies will offer wholesale prices to consumers if they meet a minimum order requirement. Colorblends, for example, offers wholesale prices to consumers with a $50 minimum order.

Many stores will offer discounts if you are willing to buy a large quantity. Most stores do not advertise this policy, so it never hurts to ask. When shopping for discount flower bulbs, its a good idea to leave your shyness at home!

Another way to buy cheap flower bulbs is to catch sales and incentives. American Meadows, for example, offers incentives for ordering early. If you order your bulbs in the spring or early summer, you receive a 50% discount; orders placed in fall are regular priced.

Discount flower bulbs are also available at club stores like Sams or Costco. Flower bulbs are often much less expensive at these stores, though the cost of membership can offset the savings. If you are already a member, it would be worthwhile to look into bulbs at these stores.

Flower bulbs are often available at stores like Dollar General, American Dollar, Dollar Tree, and 99 Cents Only. These discount stores often offer great prices on a large variety of bulbs. However, you need to inspect the bulbs prior to purchase to insure that they are still viable. Flower bulbs should be firm and free of any visible defects.

With some research and perseverance, it is possible to buy flower bulbs at a discount. What could be sweeter than the smell of money saved?

Sun Gloves & Sun Sleeves For The Most Neglected Part Of The Body

When I moved to Colorado from the Northeast several years back, I noticed a disturbing thing starting to happen – brown sun spots appearing on my hands and arms. I had always worn a hat to protect my face, but tended to neglect my hands and arms. Then I noticed in particular that the sun spots were appearing a lot more on my left arm than my right. I didn’t know what to make of it until, one day when I was driving, it all became clear. The sun beating down on my hand and arm through the driver’s side window was the culprit. I spent several hours a week driving and never even considered the implications of having my left hand at the mercy of the sun while holding the steering wheel. I have heard (but not yet substantiated) that in countries where the steering wheel is on the left side of car, skin cancer is more prevalent on the left side of the body, particularly the arm. Where the steering wheel is on the right side of the car, skin cancer is more prevalent on the right side of the body.

I had never liked the idea or, frankly, the feeling slathering my skin with chemical sun screens. And I always suspected that they were not quite as effective as advertised. Indeed, several articles in recent years point out that the SPF ratings are exaggerated and that in order to be effective, chemical sun screens have to be applied very liberally and very often. For years, dermatologists have told us sunscreen protects skin. Now, many people are questioning that advice after an environmental group challenged the sunscreen safety of many popular brands.

Patients are confused, said Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University who is a skin cancer researcher. Ive had patients come in and ask, Am I harming myself by using it? Ive spent a lot of time talking to people about it.

The latest report comes from the Environmental Working Group, which claims that in an investigation of nearly 1,000 sunscreen products, four out of five offer inadequate protection from the sun or contain ingredients that may pose a health risk.

What they are doing is developing their own system for evaluating things, said Dr. Warwick L. Morison, professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins and chairman of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s photo biology committee, which tests sunscreens for safety and effectiveness. Using this scale to say a sunscreen offers good protection or bad protection is junk science.

What I preferred was something to wear to protect my hands and arms and my choice is sun gloves and a sun sleeve or sun sleeves. I have found that sun gloves are useful for pretty much any outdoor activity: fishing, hiking, cycling, gardening or golf. Easy to slip on and off, versatile UPF/SPF sun protection.

Take a look at an old angler’s hands and you’ll get a pretty good idea of why sun gloves and sun sleeves are a good idea. Of course, there’s always chemical sunscreen, but we already discussed the questionable effectiveness of it and it tends to make slippery work of casting and line control, and who wants coconut-scented flies, anyway? The solution is a light, comfortable, fingerless sun glove made from quick-drying, UPF 50+ nylon/spandex fabric. Sun Gloves are easy to wear and easy to slip on and off. Your hands will thank you.

Stealth Grow – Led Grow Lights Make Stealth Growing Easy!

Stealth Growing
A “Stealth Grow” often refers to a garden one is trying to keep secretive. Stealth Grows have become very popular in recent decades due to the criminalization of marijuana, and the hoards of people who continue to grow it. Stealth Growing is the method many growers use to remain under the radar of the police. In order to be considered a Stealth Grow, a garden must be completely un-noticeable to the passer by. It must produce little to no sound, no smell, no light trails, and most of all little heat.

HID Grow Lights
Although it is illegal, many drug agency and task force officials have resorted to heat-signature scanning as a way of finding grow rooms. Even if someone thinks their setup is a Stealth Grow, HID Grow Lights create a bright hot-spot that allows the police to see your grow room. If they spot enough lights during their scan, they may even put you on their list for a raid. It is for this reason that HID Grow Lights such as High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH), are not good for stealth growing.

T5 Fluorescent Lighting
T5 Fluorescent lighting has been the preferred option for Stealth Grows for many years, as the bulbs produce little heat compared to a HID, and therefore do not require the bulky (and noisy) ventilation systems. T5’s also have a relatively low start-up cost, however their bulbs must be changed frequently as the light decay is very rapid. As a result T5 is an expensive option over the long run, requiring at least 2 bulb changes per year for optimal results. T5’s are also not as strong as HID for flowering plants, as they do not produce anywhere near the light intensity. As a result T5 grow lights are best used for shorter plants in confined spaces, rather than large-scale Stealth Grows.

LED Grow Lights
LED Grow Lights are the new favorite for Stealth Growing, as they provide many advantages over other grow lighting. LEDs are unlike light bulbs, as they do not contain a filament that burns out. Instead LEDs use a diode, which is a semiconductor that converts electrical current into light. As a result LED Grow Lights can be used for 50,000 – 100,000 hours before it’s time for a replacement. LED Grow Lights also emit less heat than T5 Fluorescents, making them a better alternative for Stealth Grows. Flowering response is also much stronger under LED Grow Lights than HID or T5, making them a much more viable option for large-scale and commercial stealth grows.

Grow Stealth – LED Grow Lights
Quantum LED Grow Lights from Grow Stealth LED, achieve equal flowering to a 1000W HPS by combining the power of 3W LEDs with the focused intensity of 90 degree lenses. Their Quantum Spectrum is based on testing and research published by NASA studying the effect of Quantum Efficiency on growth rates and yield. As a result, Grow Stealth LED Grow Lights speed up the entire growth cycle up to 25%, while simultaneously increasing yields up to 30% compared to other Grow Lights. Their Pro-Bloom option adds an additional wavelength to increase resin production, and enhance photosynthesis up to 30% during flowering. So if you’re looking to improve your Stealth Grow – LED Grow Lights from Grow Stealth LED will speed up growth cycles, increase yields, and increase the quality of your crops. LED Grow Lights also lower power bills up to 70%, reduce heat, and eliminate costly bulb replacements! With so many advantages, it’ easy to see why many have made the switch to Grow Stealth LED Grow Lights.