Matt LeBannister

Matt LeBannister developed a green thumb as a child, having been born into a family of experienced gardeners. During his career, he has managed a hydroponic retail store and represented leading companies at the Indoor Gardening Expos. Matt has been writing articles for Maximum Yield since 2007. His articles are published around the world.

Articles by Matt LeBannister


Size Matters: Choosing Pots for Your Container Garden Size Matters: Choosing Pots for Your Container Garden Size Matters: Choosing Pots for Your Container Garden Size Matters: Choosing Pots for Your Container Garden


Container gardening is a tried and tested method of gardening that has several advantages over other methods, including increased mobility,...

How Do I Calibrate a pH Pen? How Do I Calibrate a pH Pen? How Do I Calibrate a pH Pen? How Do I Calibrate a pH Pen?


A pH pen is a tried-and-true piece of equipment every serious gardener should own and know how to use.

Making Scents of Gardening Indoors Making Scents of Gardening Indoors Making Scents of Gardening Indoors Making Scents of Gardening Indoors


One of the most pleasurable reasons to grow plants indoors is the fresh smells that certain plants bring into your home.

Use It, Don’t Lose It: Common Household Items for a Greener Garden Use It, Don’t Lose It: Common Household Items for a Greener Garden Use It, Don’t Lose It: Common Household Items for a Greener Garden Use It, Don’t Lose It: Common Household Items for a Greener Garden


Indoor gardening requires quite a bit of equipment and costs can add up quickly. Here are some items every grower already has lying around...

Water Conservation and Hydroponics Water Conservation and Hydroponics Water Conservation and Hydroponics Water Conservation and Hydroponics


As hydroponic gardeners already, we all understand the importance of conserving water—a hydroponic garden uses less water than a...

Techniques for Terrific Transplanting Techniques for Terrific Transplanting Techniques for Terrific Transplanting Techniques for Terrific Transplanting


Every plant starts out as a seed or clone. Eventually the seedlings and cuttings will outgrow their starter cube/disk or container and need...

A Basic Guide to Aeroponics A Basic Guide to Aeroponics A Basic Guide to Aeroponics A Basic Guide to Aeroponics


Aeroponics is a method of hydroponic gardening that grows plants in an air or mist environment.

Plants That Say I Love You Plants That Say I Love You Plants That Say I Love You Plants That Say I Love You


This Valentine's Day, try combining gardening and romance by giving your sweetheart a stunning plant.

A Deep Look At Deep Water Culture A Deep Look At Deep Water Culture A Deep Look At Deep Water Culture A Deep Look At Deep Water Culture


Deep water culture is a method of growing plants hydroponically where the plant's roots are suspended in a solution of nutrient-rich,...

Why You Should Keep a Plant Journal Why You Should Keep a Plant Journal Why You Should Keep a Plant Journal Why You Should Keep a Plant Journal


A journal can help a gardener keep track of the progress of plants and compare the results of using different techniques, tools and...

Enjoy Fresh Sprouts and Microgreens in the Winter Enjoy Fresh Sprouts and Microgreens in the Winter Enjoy Fresh Sprouts and Microgreens in the Winter Enjoy Fresh Sprouts and Microgreens in the Winter


The following article is a great primer on how to start growing sprouts and microgreens over the winter months. It’s easy to do and the...

Regulating and Maintaining Reservoir Temperature Regulating and Maintaining Reservoir Temperature Regulating and Maintaining Reservoir Temperature Regulating and Maintaining Reservoir Temperature


Maintain your indoor gardening reservoir’s ideal temperature and you’ll soon be watching your plants thrive.

Small Space, Big Plans: How to Make the Most of Your Garden Space Small Space, Big Plans: How to Make the Most of Your Garden Space Small Space, Big Plans: How to Make the Most of Your Garden Space Small Space, Big Plans: How to Make the Most of Your Garden Space


Why people are taking back their space and realizing the benefits (personal and environmental) of urban gardening.

Vermicompost: Micronutrient Rich Fertilizer From Worms Vermicompost: Micronutrient Rich Fertilizer From Worms Vermicompost: Micronutrient Rich Fertilizer From Worms Vermicompost: Micronutrient Rich Fertilizer From Worms


Read on to discover a simple technique that will allow you to produce your very own homemade organic fertilizer while eliminating waste...

A Beginner’s Guide to Fertilizer Product Labels A Beginner’s Guide to Fertilizer Product Labels A Beginner’s Guide to Fertilizer Product Labels A Beginner’s Guide to Fertilizer Product Labels


Think you know what all those numbers on a product's label are all about? Read on to discover what might have been deliberately left out of...

10 Frequently Asked Questions in the Hydroponics Shop 10 Frequently Asked Questions in the Hydroponics Shop 10 Frequently Asked Questions in the Hydroponics Shop 10 Frequently Asked Questions in the Hydroponics Shop


Indoor gardening can be a complex hobby with many factors to consider, from lighting and nutrients to pest control and environmental issues...

Illuminating the Indoors: Lighting Tips and Tricks Illuminating the Indoors: Lighting Tips and Tricks Illuminating the Indoors: Lighting Tips and Tricks Illuminating the Indoors: Lighting Tips and Tricks


Supplying your plants with sufficient lighting is crucial to the success of your indoor gardening adventures. Here’s how to get the most...

What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You? What Grow Medium Is Right For You?


Matt LeBannister discusses the attributes of various hydroponic grow mediums and which systems they are ideal for.

A Beginner's Guide to Light Bulb Product Labels A Beginner's Guide to Light Bulb Product Labels A Beginner's Guide to Light Bulb Product Labels A Beginner's Guide to Light Bulb Product Labels


With so many types of grow lights on the market these days, those labels on the store shelves can start to look a bit like alphabet soup...

Kitchen Scrap Gardening Kitchen Scrap Gardening Kitchen Scrap Gardening Kitchen Scrap Gardening


When one thinks about gardening using kitchen scraps, the first thing that might come to mind is creating compost from banana peels and...

Lights and CO2: Pros and Cons Lights and CO2: Pros and Cons Lights and CO2: Pros and Cons Lights and CO2: Pros and Cons


CO2 enrichment can dramatically improve your overall grow, but did you know that your choice of lighting can affect this process?

Garden Garden Garden Garden


For many growers, their gardening practices falls under the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, as Matt LeBannister...

With a Little Help From Your (Many) Friends: Beneficial Microbe Populations in the Indoor Garden With a Little Help From Your (Many) Friends: Beneficial Microbe Populations in the Indoor Garden With a Little Help From Your (Many) Friends: Beneficial Microbe Populations in the Indoor Garden With a Little Help From Your (Many) Friends: Beneficial Microbe Populations in the Indoor Garden


Millions of beneficial microbes live in and around your plants’ roots and root zone. Even though you can’t see them, these little guys can...

The Symbiotic Relationship Between CO2 and Ventilation The Symbiotic Relationship Between CO2 and Ventilation The Symbiotic Relationship Between CO2 and Ventilation The Symbiotic Relationship Between CO2 and Ventilation


If you are not ventilating the room, expelling stale air, bringing in fresh air and keeping the temperature and CO2 at a plant friendly...

Organic Nutrients for a Sustainable Tomorrow Organic Nutrients for a Sustainable Tomorrow Organic Nutrients for a Sustainable Tomorrow Organic Nutrients for a Sustainable Tomorrow


In the quest for a sustainable future, it is not enough to simply grow our own food. We must also grow in a knowledgeable, responsible and...

A Root Primer A Root Primer A Root Primer A Root Primer


Beneath every great plant there’s a healthy root system. Matt LeBannister takes you through the basic information you’ll need to know to...

Aquaponics: The Key to a More Sustainable Future? Aquaponics: The Key to a More Sustainable Future? Aquaponics: The Key to a More Sustainable Future? Aquaponics: The Key to a More Sustainable Future?


It’s becoming increasingly evident that we’re going to run out of sustainable fish stocks in the years ahead—is aquaponics really a viable...

A Plant's Life - From Seed to Seed Producer A Plant's Life - From Seed to Seed Producer A Plant's Life - From Seed to Seed Producer A Plant's Life - From Seed to Seed Producer


Matt LeBannister takes us through the various phases of a plant’s life and wonders who’s using who in the survival game.

A Simple Guide to Taking Plant Cuttings A Simple Guide to Taking Plant Cuttings A Simple Guide to Taking Plant Cuttings A Simple Guide to Taking Plant Cuttings


Here is everything you need to know to be a confident and successful cutting expert.

Q&A by Matt LeBannister


How far from flower tops should a LED grow light be? How far from flower tops should a LED grow light be? How far from flower tops should a LED grow light be? How far from flower tops should a LED grow light be?


For the LED light distance from the canopy top question, I would have to say the rule of thumb for lights is generally to keep them 1 foot...

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