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  • Converting an Old Wine Cellar into an Indoor Garden

    Our new house has an old wine cellar—but I can’t keep the stuff around long enough to warrant storage on this scale! Instead, I’m going to build an underground indoor garden or “grow room”. I hope you will follow my progress, from design, build, maintenance and hopefully expansion over the coming months.

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PDF Infosheets

PDF: Basic Concepts and Terminology

An understanding of a plant as a living system is the foundation of becoming a successful grower. Knowing how plants work, observing their development, and responding appropriately to their needs is the alpha and omega of good gardening.

Basic Concepts and Terminology [PDF Link]
PDF: Introduction To Perfect Propagation

Giving your plants a good start in life is half the battle when it comes to successful growing.

Introduction To Perfect Propagation [PDF Link]
PDF: Growing Media and Irrigation

Most soil-less growing media are inert— they do not contain any plant nutrients within themselves. Plants are fed via a nutrient solution which is irrigated through the growing media.

Growing Media and Irrigation [PDF Link]
PDF: Introduction to Nutrients: Which Elements Do Plants Need?

A plant obtains everything it needs to grow from one of two places: the air around its leaves or the water around its roots. The air supplies carbon and oxygen. Water supplies hydrogen and also acts as a carrier for a variety of other elements.

Introduction to Nutrients: Which Elements Do Plants Need? [PDF Link]
PDF: Temperature, Humidity, and CO2 - Make The Link!

Temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are key factors to monitor and control in any indoor garden. But don’t make the mistake of thinking about them separately! In order to really understand how your indoor garden environment works, you need to consider how these factors work together.

Temperature, Humidity, and CO2 - Make The Link! [PDF Link]
PDF: Demystifying Dirt: Soil, Potting Mixes, Compost

Confused about what organic growing is really all about? You’re not alone! Here are some clear and concise definitions of commonly used and confused terms. We’ll also introduce some fundamental concepts of organic cultivation.

Demystifying Dirt: Soil, Potting Mixes, Compost [PDF Link]
PDF: Choosing The Right Extractor Fan

When growing indoors, environment is everything! A successful grower needs to take practical steps to manage factors such as light levels, temperature, relative humidity and CO2 levels. Here we introduce the role of extractor fans and environmental controllers used by indoor gardeners to maintain the ideal indoor environment for their plants.

Choosing The Right Extractor Fan [PDF Link]
PDF: Before You Buy: Basic Principles

A grow light is probably one of the most exciting purchases any new grower can make. Whether used as a complete replacement for the Sun, or to supplement natural light levels, there are several different kinds of grow light available so it’s important to choose the size and type best suited to your application: i.e. propagating young plants, promoting vegetative growth, and driving flowering and fruiting.

Before You Buy: Basic Principles [PDF Link]
PDF: Essential First Shopping List

Gardening indoors is easy, unless you choose to make life difficult for yourself! So make sure you plan your indoor garden properly beforehand. It will save you time, effort and money in the long run.

Essential First Shopping List [PDF Link]