Alan Ray has written five books and is a New York Times best-selling author. Additionally, he is an award-winning songwriter with awards from BMI and ASCAP respectively. He lives in rural Tennessee with his wife, teenage son, and two dogs: a South African Boerboel (Bore-Bull) and a Pomeranian/Frankenstein mix.
Guano, often associated with bats, is a nutrient-rich manure that contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus.
Out are the pesticides that are harmful to the environment and beneficial insects; in are the ones easier on the environment.
For millennia, growers have tuned in to moon phases for more successful crops, and now you can, too.
You put a lot of work into growing your cannabis plants and harvested them at just the right time. The next challenge is keeping your buds properly stored.
Ornamental grasses and ground cover look attractive, require no maintenance, provide shade, and prevent erosion.
It’s tough to argue against Alan Ray when he says growing hydroponically is better than soil cultivation.
In case you don’t know, mites are tiny little spiders (Tetranychidae) that suck the life from your plants and the dreams from your life.
Canna Guitar forges new pathways into guitar composition, style, and innovation.
Be your own weatherman and create an environment in which your favorite plants will not only survive but thrive.
Poison ivy is not just found in the deep woods, it can also manifest in your garden. Follow Alan Ray’s advice for eradicating it.
Alan Ray wanted to dig a little deeper into the psychology of gardening, so he tapped wellness expert Seth J. Gillihan for some answers.
Alan Ray has some ideas on how to combat aphids, brown fungus, early blight and black spot naturally.
A bag garden is ideal for those with little time and even less space.
Alan Ray explores the differences between types of soils and what to do if your dirt isn’t giving your plants the nutrients they need.
With an ultimate camouflage making them hard to spot, tomato hornworms are elusive and can wreak havoc on your plants. Alan Ray explains how effectively identify and...
Gardening has been around a long time, and gardens have seen no shortage of fads and fashions come and go over the years.
With the popularity of aquaponics, you can create your own self-sustaining ecosystem on a mini scale. Alan Ray reveals what aquaponics is and why it’s taking off in a...
Follow Alan Ray’s pest control tips for inspection and eradication, and your cannabis plants will live happy and productive lives.
Alan Ray sits down with Carey Mitchell, professor of horticulture at Purdue University, to discuss the pros and cons of LED lighting for indoor tomato production.
For an increasing amount of people, sleep is difficult to come by in the modern era. Thankfully, there are some cannabis strains that send you straight to dreamland...
If you’re going to start growing produce and flower indoors, keep one thing in mind: cleanliness is next to holiness. Alan Ray details some of the things to remember...
While it has become popular to give dogs cannabis to ease a variety of ailments, there is little research to back up how Fido might react. Alan Ray explores the...
You’re already prepping your garden for harvest as soon as you start it in the spring. The goal, after all, is to produce the healthiest garden possible. But the last...
There is little doubt the desire for purple cannabis is growing steadily. But is purple weed as special as its color may suggest?
You might have the greenest of thumbs, but that doesn’t mean you can simply grow a good crop of cannabis. Some strains are just tougher than others.
Alan Ray provides a brief biology lesson on the cannabis plant to keep you in the loop.
The Personal Food Computer (PFC) could have us creating our foods like a Star Trek replicator. Learn more about it here.
Though he wasn’t singing about this strain, we’re pretty sure Jimi wouldn’t have minded the popular connection between his song and the beautiful, powerful Purple Haze.
Though limited in size and variety, windowsill gardens still provide the satisfaction of growing your own food during the cold winter months.
With indoor gardening, the possibilities are endless when the elements play no role in deciding the type of garden you choose to grow.
It can be difficult to get consensus on whether aquaponics or hydroponics is better. Let’s look at the two systems.
While trimming, pruning, and pinching sound like painful procedures, they are exactly what your plants need to grow big and strong.
Adding to the long list of medical uses for cannabis, a new Canadian study has confirmed the beneficial effects of cannabinoids on the night vision of tadpoles. Are...
After the tragic death of his bonsai tree, Alan Ray did some research on which soil he should have used.
For many, growing food is an opportunity to escape technology and pursue a simple and natural pastime. But what happens when technology takes over?
Ok, while perhaps not the most intense form of gardening, housing plants in tents is fast becoming one of the more popular ways to grow. Here’s a basic overview of what...
Forget any preconceived notions you may have about mint, and get to know this versatile, fragrant plant.
With more people subscribing to the use of cannabis, keeping it safe and fresh within the home is becoming more important.
Enter farmscrapers: skyscrapers with veggies on the inside and even some with trees on the outside. This revolutionary approach takes its inspiration from vertical...
An indica to its core, Afghan Kush produces a stress-relieving and meditative body high.
Studies taking place at the Scripps Research Institute show that cannabis consumption could potentially play a big part in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Many growers are already well-acquainted with the various ways in which to set up a growing system. While hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics are all becoming more...
Soil cubes are for starting seedlings in a controlled environment before they are planted permanently.
Most herbs can be grown indoors in a small area that is easy to maintain. No rakes, no hoes, no weeding, no weather—it’s a beautiful thing.
Composting is not only satisfying for gardeners and beneficial for your garden, it helps take the pressure off your local landfill. Alan Ray breaks down the benefits of...
Greenhouses are an effective way to control the environment of your plants and protect them from a host of ill fates. The downside is that greenhouses are the perfect...
A step-by-step guide to making your own soil cubes from scratch.
Will this be the year you resolve to help protect bee populations in your community?
Unless you plan to clone your garden or buy young plants, you’re going to be growing your plants from seeds. Here are some reasons why starting from seeds is a good idea...
Much goes on in a single breath. When we humans breathe, the body inhales oxygen through the lungs. The oxygen is then circulated to cells...
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