Month: January 2017

Recently, I decided to make a foray into new territory. Since I specialise in growing orchids, I’m interested in selling my plants to experts in the community, and I wanted to create a website that would appeal to buyers. The problem is, I don’t know the first thing about creating websites, and according to my son, who is a lot craftier than I am with computers, I shouldn’t go to SquareSpace or any of those other website builders. He says, “They’re absolute garbage.” After taking a look at the editor and builder software, I tend to agree. The default gallery included with their themes isn’t spectacular, and I’d like to exhibit my high-def orchid photos with a bit more artistry. I mocked up my own design and put it up on a WordPress website, which I’m pretty happy with, but I noticed my home server kept going offline, so I got in touch with some professionals.

“The problem with running a website from your home server is that it’ll get overloaded if you’re not dealing with some serious hardware,” Karl from IE Systems Washington said, “If you’re going to run a website full time and serve a lot of customers at once, it would actually be a lot easier and a lot cheaper to lease a dedicated server in an area close to where your main traffic is coming from. In your case, you’re going to want to lease a dedicated server somewhere in Australia.”

Following the advice of IE Systems, I set up a dedicated server and got my website back online, and I haven’t had any problems since! WordPress is running like a charm, and I also moved the blog you’re visiting right now over to my new dedicated server. Notice that it’s a lot faster? That’s why!

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Roof ventilation is something that a lot of people overlook when they’re building an indoor growing area, but it’s absolutely crucial for some cultivars that you get good air circulation when you’re growing indoors. The problem with the conventional “opening your windows” method is that you’re inviting insects into your greenhouse, and this could turn into a big problem if you’re working with plants that aren’t necessarily hardy and are prone to infestation. Installing good ventilation in your structure means that you’ll be able to circulate healthy air to all of your plants while you filter out all of the insects that would normally fly into your indoor garden.

I spoke to an expert in the industry about this subject. John, who works with Genesis Roofing, was happy to go over the facts with me: “Keeping your greenhouse ventilated is really easy when you install a vent on the roof of the structure,” Genesis Roofing are Roof Vent Installers in Perth, WA, “And from what I understand, it’s really important that you’re getting good air circulation when you’re working with certain types of plants. Luckily, there are a lot of different varieties vents available that can keep your structure cool to control the temperature so you don’t have to open the windows.”

It’s an interesting topic, and it’s something that is often overlooked in the world of indoor plantscapes and indoor gardening. If you’re interested in finding out more information, there are many articles available online, although I don’t recommend the “Do it Yourself” option unless you’re an incredibly crafty person with a lot of trade skills. It’s better to call professionals for this one, and I plan to get vents installed in my garden room over the next couple of months during the hottest season in Australia.

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I’ve spent a lot of money on my indoor garden, as have many other people in our small, eclectic, and passionate community. Indoor gardeners, botanists, and horticulturalists are some of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met, but as we cover a wide variety of topical things on this blog, I thought I’d dedicate this article to the importance of blinds. I recently got some roller blinds installed at my location so I can easily shut out the sun to prevent some of my more fragile indoor plants from wilting in my greenhouse. The new roller blinds I got my hands on are absolutely beautiful!

I spoke with a large number of interior design experts in the area and I didn’t expect to find anyone who knew anything about gardening indoors, but Interior Illusions Roller Blinds really knows their stuff. I spoke to Matthew from their company over the weekend, “The type of blinds you can install these days on your greenhouse or indoor garden are really neat. You can adjust them easily to shut out the sun whenever you need to protect your plants from the sunlight, He explained, “And while the majority of our clients are buying blinds for their home or their business, we also can install blinds in greenhouses and other indoor structures to keep your plants comfortable in the shade.”

I couldn’t be happier with the result, and I would recommend that you consider adding blinds to your indoor garden structure, especially if you working with a variety of plants that require only partial sunlight. Some plants just grow best in warm, shady environments with a little bit of sunlight here and there, and if you want to artificially adjust the cycles of nature with technology, blinds are an inexpensive and highly attractive solution that also beautify your greenhouse!

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Keeping your home computer in working order is a lot like tending a garden. Now, this sounds like a strange idea, but hear me out. What happens when your indoor garden encounters some kind of trouble? Maybe a particular cultivar is blighted, or maybe your orchids are wilting and you’re not quite sure why. In the worst case scenario, you have to deal with aphids and other pests who chew through your roses and destroy your rhododendrons. In many respects, maintaining your garden is a lot like maintaining your computer. You have to regularly check for bugs and correct problems, adjust your methodology, and carefully keep everything at the perfect temperature.

I have a lot of respect for people with computer knowledge. It’s like magic to me! I got some more information from someone who do Computer Repairs in Pakenham, Melbourne, “You’re right! Repairing computers is a lot like gardening,” Sam laughed as he forgave me for my somewhat strange idea, “I think there are a lot of similarities, and just like you know a lot about gardening, I wouldn’t know the first thing about keeping an indoor garden healthy. When it comes to computers, however, I provide repairs for just about every piece of hardware and software you’ve heard of—or haven’t heard of.”

“There’s a little bit of magic in repairing computers. I worked on a machine recently for a client that kept continually dying at boot. Eventually, I figured out it was a problem with the CMOS battery! I had an inkling that it might have been, but it was the last thing I checked, as I suspected something worse.”

It’s Greek to me, but apparently, my idea didn’t fall entirely upon deaf ears! What are your thoughts on comparing indoor gardening to computer repairs?

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