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Q: Once I started growing it was easy to see that there are a lot of hydroponics shops in my area. I got a lot of used gear from a friend to get going, but I am now starting to build more growing space and need to buy some new…
Q: A question to follow up on your midnight moves RAW! a few columns ago: How do you know when it's time to move your grow? Moving is a hassle and hard on your plants, so you don't want to have to uproot unnecessarily. But at the same time, you…
Q: I have been reading your Ask Erik columns and feature articles for over ten years now, and it’s been cool to see your solutions and thoughts regarding growing, especially hydroponics under lights, evolving and changing with the industry.  Sometimes I look at your contributions as “the chicken or the…
Q: Discovering growing for profit has been a real blessing in my life. Finally, I have an outlet where I can be creative, learn new things and reap some very nice rewards. What I have found is that I always get my best crops when I put the most time…
Q: Hey, what do you recommend as the maximum number of lights I can run on a residential power service? I plant to run 1000 watt HPS lamps on digital ballasts.
Q: Do you think it’s a good idea to keep a strain exclusive to yourself? A friend of mine has got a really killer strain on the go that he stumbled upon out of some random seeds he had. Everyone loves it, and he isn’t willing to sell any cuttings,…
Q: The more I grow, the more I pay for electricity. Where I live we pay a premium when electrical consumption is past what the power company determines to be average for residential consumption. Having a few pints with my grower buddies has revealed a pretty wide band of methods…
Q: I have been trying to find a suitable location for a mid-scale growing operation and prospective landlords don’t seem comfortable with the fact that I will be using the property for growing purposes.  Basically, I never hear back from them after I mention I am going to be growing.
If you are just joining in, this is part three - our final instalment answering a popular growing question for those involved in successful and expanding growing enterprises: how-to find, hire and manage good folks to be a part of your growing family. If you missed the previous articles in…
Last time we were together (click here to read Part 1 of this series), we acknowledged that at some point in your growing expansions there is going to be a need for some hired hands because the size of your operation and growing ambitions have expanded beyond merely getting a…

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