Sara Elliott

Sara Elliott is a professional writer with extensive horticultural knowledge acquired through theoretical study and practical experience. You can find her gardening and lifestyle pieces in print and online.

Articles by Sara Elliott


The Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening The Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening The Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening The Dos and Don’ts of Container Gardening


Keeping plants happy in a container requires care and attention by the gardener as they must provide everything to keep the plant healthy

10 Things to Know About Your Nutrient Reservoir 10 Things to Know About Your Nutrient Reservoir 10 Things to Know About Your Nutrient Reservoir 10 Things to Know About Your Nutrient Reservoir


Let's take a look at 10 things you should consider when pondering the efficacy of your nutrient reservoir and system. Some of your...

Spiraling Out: How to Build an Herb Spiral Spiraling Out: How to Build an Herb Spiral Spiraling Out: How to Build an Herb Spiral Spiraling Out: How to Build an Herb Spiral


While herbs offer some impressive health benefits on your plate, they can present some big challenges in the garden. Incorporating these...

Going Down: Gravity-fed Hydroponic Systems Going Down: Gravity-fed Hydroponic Systems Going Down: Gravity-fed Hydroponic Systems Going Down: Gravity-fed Hydroponic Systems


Understanding the ups and downs of gravity-fed hydroponic systems

Who is This Kelvin Guy? All About Lighting Temperatures Who is This Kelvin Guy? All About Lighting Temperatures Who is This Kelvin Guy? All About Lighting Temperatures Who is This Kelvin Guy? All About Lighting Temperatures


If you’re a little unclear about the kelvin (K) rating on your grow light, you’re not alone. The Kelvin scale can be counterintuitive in a...

Daily Duties: Keeping Them All in Check Daily Duties: Keeping Them All in Check Daily Duties: Keeping Them All in Check Daily Duties: Keeping Them All in Check


Much of the equipment that provides environmental manipulation and correction in a growroom should be checked every day. Automation has its...

Pantry Prep: Preserving Homegrown Herbs Pantry Prep: Preserving Homegrown Herbs Pantry Prep: Preserving Homegrown Herbs Pantry Prep: Preserving Homegrown Herbs


Many herbs will thrive in indifferent soil and reward you with plenty of leaves, flowers and seeds

Finding a Happy Medium: Soilless Grow Media Tips & Tricks Finding a Happy Medium: Soilless Grow Media Tips & Tricks Finding a Happy Medium: Soilless Grow Media Tips & Tricks Finding a Happy Medium: Soilless Grow Media Tips & Tricks


Finding a good balance among different products and processes is the key to a successful indoor garden, and plant media is a prime example....

Keeping Things Cool In Your Growroom Keeping Things Cool In Your Growroom Keeping Things Cool In Your Growroom Keeping Things Cool In Your Growroom


When plants become overheated, they begin to show signs of stress. Heat stress can result in spindly young plants and mature plants that...

Shining a Light on Reflective Materials Shining a Light on Reflective Materials Shining a Light on Reflective Materials Shining a Light on Reflective Materials


We explore the illuminating world of light management to help you develop the best lighting strategy for your indoor garden

Lessons In Hydroponics Lessons In Hydroponics Lessons In Hydroponics Lessons In Hydroponics


From ways to stretch a dollar when it comes to your lighting system, to effectively monitoring your pH levels, to scaling up your hydro...

Extreme Greenspaces: 21st Century Greenhouses and Urban Gardens Extreme Greenspaces: 21st Century Greenhouses and Urban Gardens Extreme Greenspaces: 21st Century Greenhouses and Urban Gardens Extreme Greenspaces: 21st Century Greenhouses and Urban Gardens


The planet is running out of arable land to feed an ever-increasing population, but that’s not stopping innovative problem solvers from...

Battling Bugs the Organic Way Battling Bugs the Organic Way Battling Bugs the Organic Way Battling Bugs the Organic Way


There are a number of ways to fight off a pest infestation in your garden the organic way. Some organic methods are preventive, while...

Feeding Plants for Different Stages of Growth Feeding Plants for Different Stages of Growth Feeding Plants for Different Stages of Growth Feeding Plants for Different Stages of Growth


Plants need different nutrients at different stages of growth. They may also have special requirements depending on the nature of their...

What Grow Tent is Right for You? What Grow Tent is Right for You? What Grow Tent is Right for You? What Grow Tent is Right for You?


Using a grow tent can take your indoor gardening efforts to the next level. A dedicated enclosure like a grow tent provides excellent...

Organic Gardening Ingredients Organic Gardening Ingredients Organic Gardening Ingredients Organic Gardening Ingredients


So you want to go organic, but you’re not sure what a natural nutrient regimen might include. One way to ensure the specific needs of your...

Training Your Plants: Pruning, Staking and Trellising to Maximize Yields Training Your Plants: Pruning, Staking and Trellising to Maximize Yields Training Your Plants: Pruning, Staking and Trellising to Maximize Yields Training Your Plants: Pruning, Staking and Trellising to Maximize Yields


A number of gardening strategies can be used to manipulate plants in different ways to maximize resources like space, nutrients and light

Grooming Your Garden for Fall Grooming Your Garden for Fall Grooming Your Garden for Fall Grooming Your Garden for Fall


It’s the end of another big growing season, and the soil, plants, shrubs and trees that call your backyard home are ready for some down...

Organic Hydroponics Organic Hydroponics Organic Hydroponics Organic Hydroponics


Organic growing takes a little bit more work, but for those who do it, the end result of healthier crops is worth the extra effort. As the...

Figuring Out Fogponics Figuring Out Fogponics Figuring Out Fogponics Figuring Out Fogponics


Fogponics is a form of aeroponics, sometimes called the next phase in aeroponic technology. It uses the same basic concept as...

Straight Talk About Light Moving Systems Straight Talk About Light Moving Systems Straight Talk About Light Moving Systems Straight Talk About Light Moving Systems


You’ve probably heard of light moving systems and wondered if the rails, motors, and extra wires seem like overkill when you already have...

A Glossary for Growers - Words to Grow On A Glossary for Growers - Words to Grow On A Glossary for Growers - Words to Grow On A Glossary for Growers - Words to Grow On


In the case of hydroponic gardening, learning the lingo may also help you grow better plants

Managing Your Landscape with Microclimates Managing Your Landscape with Microclimates Managing Your Landscape with Microclimates Managing Your Landscape with Microclimates


By understanding the microclimates in your landscape, you can customize your planting strategies, and maybe even broaden your planting...

The Science of Sweet: How Fruit Ripens The Science of Sweet: How Fruit Ripens The Science of Sweet: How Fruit Ripens The Science of Sweet: How Fruit Ripens


Plump fruits typically burst with flavor, but they didn’t get that way overnight. The process of fruit ripening is a fascinating journey...

Let’s Talk About...Pollination Let’s Talk About...Pollination Let’s Talk About...Pollination Let’s Talk About...Pollination


Let’s face it, when you’re confined to a hole in the ground, finding romance can be challenging. To compensate, plants have perfected many...

Being Green: How Plants Work Being Green: How Plants Work Being Green: How Plants Work Being Green: How Plants Work


When you think about it, plants are pretty amazing. Being immobile, they are unable to hunt and forage for food like animals, so they make...

A Seed Saved: How to Harvest & Store Plant Seeds A Seed Saved: How to Harvest & Store Plant Seeds A Seed Saved: How to Harvest & Store Plant Seeds A Seed Saved: How to Harvest & Store Plant Seeds


Saving seeds at home used to be a much more common activity than it is today. During the first half of the 20th century, it wasn’t unusual...

Growing on Air: How Aeroponics Turns Less into More Growing on Air: How Aeroponics Turns Less into More Growing on Air: How Aeroponics Turns Less into More Growing on Air: How Aeroponics Turns Less into More


What we know as aeroponics today first became popular as a bare bones gardening technique that allowed plant scientists to get up close and...

How Grow Tents Work How Grow Tents Work How Grow Tents Work How Grow Tents Work


A basic grow tent is comprised of a lightweight, six-sided fabric exterior installed over a rigid frame and includes a main opening and...

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