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Emerald Harvest Nutrients Are On The Shelves!

Emerald Harvest Nutrients

Emerald Harvest Nutrients

We are very excited to be the FIRST retail store in Kentucky to partner with Emerald Harvest Nutrients! We had the privilege to meet their president, David Pratt and their head of research and development, Dr. Dave, a few weeks ago. They shared their vision of simplifying application without sacrificing quality. The result is their easy-to-use, but very powerful, line of premium nutrients and supplements. The goal from the very beginning was to make the finest hydroponic fertilizer out there, and to combine the best that nature and science have to offer.

Emerald Harvest has base nutrients that are either three parts, Grow, Bloom, and Micro; or a two part Grow and a two part Bloom. The two part base nutrients are for those who want to keep it simple, the three part formula is for growers who want the freedom to fine tune. What sets these nutrients apart is the high degree of chelation and precise nutrient ratios that will minimize the risk of deficiencies. They also have a unique Cal-Mag product that contains kelp extract. Use as needed with any total nutrient, and also use to soak coco coir prior to planting.

One of Emerald Harvest’s flagship products is Emerald Goddess premium plant tonic. Emerald Goddess is a very concentrated supplement that can be used alone, but works best when used in combination with their professional base nutrients. Emerald Goddess is a rich, natural tea containing kelp and alfalfa extracts, which contribute additional macronutrients; vitamin B1, and humic acid. Alfalfa and other natural ingredients harness natural plant-hormone processes that aid in photosynthesis, root, leaf, and bud development. This also allows your plants to absorb more nutrients for larger yields and less nutrient waste!

King Kola is a power bloom booster for early, mid, and late flowering. While many other bloom KingKola_frontboosters use bovine based proteins, King Kola contains a vegetable source of protein–hemp seeds flour. This is actually more suitable for crops because it more closely matches the protein profile of your plants. With King Kola, you only need one bloom booster–not three–saving you money. Apply to root zone or use as a foliar spray.

Honey Chome is a resin and aroma enhancer which honeychomelbl-340x340increases flavor, botanical oils, and color of your plants. It’s combination of cane sugar, palm sugar, and agave nectar provides just the right amount of carbohydrates for a fully functioning rhizospere. sustaining a vibrant microbial innoculant population at root zone.

Finally, Root Wizard is a massive root builder containing multiple strains of growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Root Wizard equips plants to absorb nutrients more efficiently, by stimulating plants to expand their root system and and provide a diverse ecosystem right where you want it…at root zone. Use in hydro or soil, also may be used as a foliar spray.

Customers have rated Emerald Harvest 5 out of 5 stars. Testimonials of customers speak highly of the fertilizers and the company itself. One customer writes, “Emerald Harvest has covered all the points I value in a nutrient line. The quality and value my garden has now seen surpasses all other products I’ve used! I can’t Thank You enough Emerald Harvest for delivering Simple, Easy, Success through plant based ingredients, you are brilliant…and the HoneyChome rocks!!!” Another writes, “I Love this stuff my plants are super happy and they finish off beautifully it’s priced right the customer service is great”.

Give Emerald Harvest a try. We are offering 25% off on all Emerald Harvest purchases through July 31st. We think you will be as impressed with these products as we are!

Natural Weed Control: Corn Gluten Meal

Corn Gluten Meal

Corn Gluten Meal

Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes the emergence of those pesky spring weeds poking up in your lawn. That’s the time to call the lawn care company and have them cover your lawn in chemicals to kill the dandelions, right? Not necessarily…  Did you know that corn gluten meal can be used as a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent the growth of these pest plants?  When applied at the proper time, corn gluten meal prevents the growth of weed seed, so pest plants have no chance to emerge and take root in your lawn. Get the dandelions before they get you.

Studies at Iowa State University have shown corn gluten meal to be an effective preventative against small seeded annual weeds. Proteins within the corn gluten meal inhibit root formation of germinated seeds, killing the newly emerged roots fibers before they get established. At 10% nitrogen, corn gluten meal also provides an excellent source of slow release nutrition, making your turfgrass more lush and competitive against weeds.
Now is the time to apply, and we have the perfect product: Concern Weed Prevention Plus.  This slow release lawn food is derived from corn gluten meal,bone meal, and potassium sulfate and provides not only needed springtime nutrition for your turf grass, but also has the benefit of being a pre-emergent herbicide. Granulated and spreader-ready, an application of 15 lbs per sq. ft in early spring and again in late summer provides continued control of germinating annual weeds such as Dandelions, Smooth Crabgrass, Clover, Purslane, Pigweed, Plantain, and more!
Weed Prevention Plus can also be used to control annual weeds in and around flowers, roses, bulbs, and shrubs. Work 20 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. into top 2 inches of soil and water in to activate.
Do not apply Weed Prevention Plus to newly seeded lawns until after first mowing. Do not reseed treated areas for a minimum of six weeks following initial application.
Come in the shop and let us tell you how this awesome all-natural product can help beautify your lawn and landscape.

NextLight: The Rest of the Story

nextlightMany of you met and had the opportunity to chat with the guys from NextLight, when they came to Louisville to hang out during our Customer Appreciation Day. They educated over 30 folk with a workshop on PAR and LED lighting, spoke with another 200 on their company specifics, and GAVE AWAY one of their incredible NextLight LED grow lights to a very fortunate customer. He was understandably thrilled, and reported just days later that, “I love the light!! I can already see a major difference.” We have had so many questions about NextLights since November 7th, we thought we would share the story behind the NextLight.

If you missed Rand’s NextLight workshop, you can catch him on this quick YouTube video sharing the highlights of the NextLight LED grow light system.

Now, on to the rest of the NextLight story (thanks to Nick and the NextLight team for providing us with this):

The germ of an idea

In 1997, Nick Brumm, the founder of NextLight was living in San Rafael, CA and happily working for Diamond Lights in sales and product development. One day, Nick visited a commercial tomato greenhouse in Sonoma, CA and everything changed. He saw his future in the commercial greenhouse industry and resolved to get an engineering degree to make it happen.

In 1999 Nick began his Mechanical Engineering degree at UC College of Engineering. Throughout this time he took on several co-op rotations at GE Aviation doing: Advanced Controls, Secondary Flows (turbine cooling airflow simulations), Product Support Engineering with M&I Aeroderivatives, and Controls Fuel Systems. He graduated in 2005 with 3.5 GPA and went to work for architectural and engineering firm doing HVAC design and controls for commercial food production facilities.  He also began taking all of his combined knowledge and using it to develop a business plan for a commercial greenhouse of his own. Nick quickly found investors and started work on the design.

By the end of 2006, however,  it was clear the economy was taking a turn and the greenhouse plan was shelved.  Nick knew first hand that the costs to run a greenhouse were too risky in this climate. However, every few weeks or so, his mind would drift back to his dream and he would challenge himself to find ways to reduce cost.


Product launch training

While the economy recovered, Nick went to work at Belcan as a contractor for GE Aviation. He held positions in Mechanical Systems, Controls Systems and finally Systems Engineering. The Systems Engineering position led to a direct hire at GE Aviation in Engine Systems as the Model Owner of the LEAP-1B Externals Integration.  The LEAP-1B program is part of the GE Aviation New Product Integration group which is the heart of future growth and revenue. Basically, it is the ideal group to work in when seeking to gain knowledge around: integration, production schedules, manufacturing & testing of new engines and design development.


The Light bulb goes on

In 2010 amidst this rapid career growth, Nick had a lightbulb moment. While looking at a Reef Tank forum, he noticed a few members building custom LED systems to light their coral reefs. They sought to reduce power consumption as well as heat, that were both issues with the metal halides that were typically run on large reef systems. Excited, Nick started doing research and ordered some LEDs to begin his own experiment. Nick discovered that he could in fact cut the cost of electricity. In fact, the power it would take to run the lights in his greenhouse could be cut in half. Labor and the cost of running lights were the two biggest expenses in the plan. With LEDs he could effectively reduce the overall cost of each plant by 25%.


Finding the right LED

Nick began looking for an LED grow light that could do exactly what he needed, but all he found were purple lights. It was then that he backtracked the development of the purple lights and found they were all making the same assumption about plant growth. They assume that you can target certain colors to power the photosynthetic response curve. Nick saw this as a poor assumption — the entire commercial greenhouse industry and every hobby grower alike have been using Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lights for 30+ years with fantastic results. These same white lights do not match the “ideal” curve claims of the purple LED makers.  Having worked in the grow light industry a decade ago, Nick had already seen the quest for the “perfect spectrum” and found it to be a gimmick rather than a scientific pursuit. With all of this in mind, Nick went in a completely different direction, seeking to make his lights as close to HPS as possible.

 NextLight turns on

Nick started the NextLight in 2011 and has compiled years of development — all the while being trained to launch a complex high tech new product by one of the largest corporations in America.

The light that Nick has created took design and development to the next level. And it was accomplished from a clean sheet of paper.

Solar Flare T5 High Output Fluorescent Special Buy


We have a special buy and want to pass that on to you! These Solar Flare T5 High Output lighting fixtures with lamps are just what you need to set up a small indoor grow room, or expand your cloning, seed starting, or growing areas. Hang vertically or horizontally. Advanced wide T5 optical design for maximum coverage and diffusion. Pre-wired with 8 ft power cord for ease of use. Highly reflective aluminum insert for maximum performance. Cool operation housing design to keep electrical components thermally stable. Includes Spectralux® 54 watt T5 HO 6500°K Blue lamps. High lumen per watt rating at 5,000 lumens per lamp. Energy efficient electronic T5 ballast. The 8 lamp fixtures has dual on/off switches each operating four lamps. The 4 lamp fixture has an on/off switch controls all four lamps. One year warranty on lamps. Limited quantities, while they last, 4 Lamp/48″ Solar Flare is $109.99; 8 Lamp/48″ Solar Flare is $179.99. Not sure what you need? Call us for a free consultation.

Pest Control From A Distillery!

No, I am not suggesting you spray your plants with Kentucky Bourbon, although it may kill some bugs on contact. Save the bourbon for my Kentucky Smart Tea recipe, I will tack that on to the end of the blog.

Captain Jack's Brewed Pest Control

Captain Jack’s Brewed Pest Control

Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew® contains Spinosad,  a product first isolated from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium collected on a Caribbean island from an abandoned rum distillery in 1982. It is produced by fermentation. Spinosad does not significantly affect beneficial organisms including ladybugs, green lacewings, and predatory mites. It can harm bees when they are directly sprayed with it, so time your applications when bees are not active on your plants and allow for a drying time of 3 hours. It is fast acting, odorless, and breaks down quickly in sunlight.

Spinosad must be ingested by the insect to be effective. It is a natural neural toxin, which shuts down the brain and organs of the target insects. (Nice!) It is relatively fast acting, with insects dying in 24 to 48 hours. Only insects that eat the sprayed foliage are affected.

Use Spinosad on fruits, vegetables, berries, citrus, grapes, nuts, and ornamentals. It  controls caterpillars as well as beetles, leafminers, thrips, bagworms, tent caterpillars, borers, Colorado potato beetle larva, leafrollers, webworms, armyworms, sawflies, gall midges, squash vine borers, stink bugs, fruit flies and more.


Damaged berries

We aren’t big fans of spraying anything on our outdoor, organic gardens. A couple years ago, however, our beautiful blackberries were being rendered inedible by stinkbugs and June Beetles. We went to war with Captain Jack’s and won. Two applications immediately cured the problem, and the berries after application were well formed, tasty, and without the dreaded off-white druplets on the berries.

Organic Blackberries

Organic Blackberries

We have Captain Jacks in powder form, read-to-use spray, and concentrate. It is in constant demand at the shop, which speaks for itself. If you have insect problems you want to attack, pour yourself a drink and use Captain Jack’s. Now, for that Kentucky Smart Tea recipe…

Kentucky Smart Tea, our signature event beverage!

Kentucky Smart Tea, our signature event beverage!

Brew about 3 cups of very strong tea. Dissolve about a cup of organic sugar in the hot tea. Add in about a cup of orange juice, a cup of pineapple juice, the juice of three lemons, and a cup (or so!) of Kentucky Bourbon. Substitute Dark Jamaican Rum for the bourbon if you prefer.  Add in a thinly sliced lemon and orange, adjust your sugar if necessary. Ice down and enjoy!

Stay connected via our blog or Facebook to learn more about our upcoming workshop on organic pest control in the garden, date will be announced soon.

New PowerVeg T5 Lamps Are Here

We have been waiting months for this totally new high output Fluorescent lamp, and the wait is finally over! EYE Horitlux has nailed it again with the PowerVEG T5 lamp.
PowerVEG is different. Not only does it produce a well balanced spectrum for your plants, it also provides UVA and UVB. UV is an essential component of the spectrum that produces stronger, healthier plants, allowing them to produce higher quality fruits and flowers. The sooner you introduce UV to your plants, the better your end product. No other T5 bulb on the market produces a spectrum with this quality or UV of any kind.

PowerVEG is the first and only T5 to incorporate full spectrums of UVA and UVB, and is the only T5 grow lamp Made in the USA!!! What can you expect when you add just one or two PowerVEG lamps to your T5 light fixture? (Even adding just one PowerVEG can make a big difference in the performance of a 4 lamp T5 fixture, BTW) Adding the PowerVEG will promote extreme photosynthesis for faster growth; create a stronger root system; and allow for easy transition from indoor veg to outdoor flowering. You will also see that the UV light helps develop stronger healthier vegetative plants that will produce higher yields and higher quality crops. Your grow room will reward you with faster producing yields, vivid colors, more flowering and better tasting crops.

PowerVEG can be used in any existing T5 54W HO lighting fixture. If using all PowerVEG FS+UV lamps in one fixture, we recommend reducing the time the lights are on by 20%. This is due to the quality of the spectrum and the amount of UV coming from the light. If using a 50-50 mixture of PowerVEG and standard T5 lamps, no need to reduce the time lights are on. We have personally just added one PowerVEG to bank of four T5 fluorescents. We recommend the height height above the canopy of plants should be between 8”-16”. The optimal height is 12”.

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We are seeing an explosion of new products in the industry like never before! Several of us went up to Novi, Michigan, for the Indoor Gardening Expo in June to sort through all the hype. After careful consideration and research, we have added over twenty new products to our shelves, and more will be coming in through September. New is not always better, but we are confident that the products we have added will be valuable additions to anyone’s grow room or garden. Two nutrient lines we added that have been getting a lot of deserved hype are The Rock Nutrients, and Cutting Edge Solutions. If you are looking for a new fertilizer program, give either one of these a try, you won’t be sorry! We have been very impressed with performance of our new CO2 products, the Green Pad and the Green Pad, Jr. Foxfarm’s “Dirty Dozen” box is now on the shelves; we picked up the Xtreme Gardening Feeder Packs; and Emerald Triangle’s Sonic Bloom, Deep Breath, Killer Tea and G-10 are stocked and ready for your garden! Watch our blog for product spotlights as we introduce each new product line in September, or stop in for a one-on-one explanation on the product line of your choice.

Cutting Edge Nutrients

Cutting Edge Nutrients