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HPS Versus LED Grow Lights For Plants

Growing your plants indoors is often the only option that some people have. In these cases, you will need to know about the different grow lights that are available. For years, HPS grow lights were the standard, but they are slowly being usurped by LED grow lights. Before you buy any grow lights, you should compare HPS and LED grow lights to see which is best for your plants. Check out for more.

The Light Intensity

The intensity of the light produced by these lights is something that many plant growers look at. HPS and LED lights actually emit similar levels of light intensity, but HPS is slightly better. If you are looking for intense lights for your plants, then HPS grow lights will be the better option, especially with a hydroponic system.

However, it is important to note that the intensity of the light is not the only aspect that you need to consider. During testing, it has been found that LED grow lights do provide larger plants with a less intense light. Additionally, the lower intensity of the light will have other benefits such as lower energy consumption.


The Heat From The Lamps

The heat which is emitted from the lamps is important because this can cause burnt leaves. HPS grow lights can become hot and will emit a fair amount of heat. You will need to have your grow area well ventilated with circulating air or risk burning the leaves of your plants. Of course, if you are growing your plants in cold weather, this additional heat may be beneficial if you are able to control the burnt leaf risks.

LED lights do not heat up as much as any other type of grow lamp. There are many gardeners who have their LED lights very close to their plants and have never had a problem with burning. The lack of heat with LED lights will also mean that you do not have to ventilate the grow room as much.

The Lifespan Of The Lights

Grow lights are expensive and you need to ensure that you are getting the most cost-effective setup. The average HPS grow light will last for approximately 10,000 hours which is very long when it comes to growing plants. LED lights can last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours which is much longer. If your LED grow lights are maintained correctly, you could use the same setup for up to 15 years.

The Type Of Light

Many new indoor gardeners do not realize the importance of the type of light that the grow lights you have emit. The light emitted by these lights will be in varying wavelengths and you need to know what wavelengths you get with the different lights. HPS grow lights will emit the entire light wavelength spectrum which ensures that your plants get the type of light that they need.

LED lights have diodes which emit certain types of light. You will be able to choose the type of light your LED lamps provide, but they will generally focus on the red and blue spectrum. This is ideal for plant growth as these are the wavelengths used for certain phases of the growth process.

The Versatility

LED lights are more versatile than HPS because they are smaller and do not emit as much heat. The smaller nature of the lamps allows you to place them around your plants as needed while HPS lights will need to be fixed in one position. The lack of heat also allows you to place the LED lamps closer to your plants when compared to HPS lamps which could burn your plants if they are too close.

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New products! New “Farm Grown, Farm Fermented” Product line!

Pyramid Farm and Ferments is pleased to announce the launch of our “Farm Grown, Farm Fermented” product line. Each of the ferments in this line contains fruits, vegetables and herbs all grown here on our farm. We are excited about these new products. In addition to being high quality organically grown ingredients from our farm, these cultured foods are harvested from our fields and processed in to crocks within a few hours. This maximizes freshness, nutrient content and captures the flavours of the season within a jar!

Kombucha is another new product that we are pleased to offer. Our Kombucha is made with either organic black or green tea’s and organic sugar and then fermented with a living culture of yeast to produce a refreshing, slightly sour beverage that is both delicious and helps to detoxify the body. All of our Kombucha is flavoured with natural ingredients from our farm. For example our first run was flavoured with apple mint and raspberries or black currant berries. We also double the fermentation process with our drinks. The primary fermentation of tea and sugar is followed by a secondary fermentation of the natural sugars found in our flavourings, or with honey if the flavours do not contain a sugar of their own.

We’re very excited about the current state of our farm this summer. Our crops are producing well and we are very happy to be seeing the fruits of our labuor pay off. Check back for some more new “Farm Grown Farm Fermented” products in the coming months as new crops are coming in to fruition week after week.

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New Market in Toronto! New recipes on the horizon!

Pyramid Farm and Ferments cultured foods and produce is now available at the Junction Farmers Market in Toronto.

This market is open Saturdays at 8:30 am through 12:30 pm and is located in the Green P Lot, Dundas St. West at Pacific.

Please come and say hello, or feel free to email us for any questions throughout the week.

Also, we’re still selling on Sundays in Kingston at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

In other Pyramid news, among other goodies, our garlic scapes are up and we couldn’t be any more excited. Garlic scapes are the perfect extra gift we receive from our garlic plants each year. They have many uses; from toppings for salad, a staple in pesto’s, or in a delicious stir fry to name a few. Look forward to Lacto-fermented garlic scapes, coming soon!

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Penny’s Pantry and Pyramid Farm and Ferments are hosting a workshop on how to make your own Kombucha!

The workshop will be held at Penny’s Pantry at 10 Elizabeth Street, streetPicton (South ofStreet) on Tuesday, February 12th between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. The cost is $20.00+HST per person and will include an SCO BY ( Otherwise known as the Kombucha mother or starter culture) for everyone involved to take home and start their own batches.

Anyone wanting to attend the workshop should call Penny at 613-476-5635 or e-mail her at to reserve their spot.

Kombucha is a refreshing and healthy beverage made with fermented tea and sugar taken to improve your energy, boost your immune system and detoxify the body.It is an effervescent and live culture drink that helps to fortify your digestive system with beneficial and probiotic bacteria and microflora essential for healthy digestion.

Pyramid Farm and Ferments Kombucha is made with Certified Organic tea and sugar brewed with distinct and flavorful pairings of ecologically grown and wildcrafted herbs from our farm in Prince Edward County, ON.

Now you can learn to make your own!

In our workshop, you will be able to learn hands on how to brew your kombucha using your own SCOBY, how to add the proper measurements, how to add flavors to your kombucha and how to store and treat your culture properly.

We hope to see you all there and we’re excited to pass along this fun, refreshing and healthy brew to all that attend!

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Ace Bakery Artisan Incubator!

Pyramid Farm & Ferments is pleased to announce our participation in the ACE Bakery Artisan Incubator Program!
We have been chosen as on of 20 artisans across Canada to take part in this very unique “national public showcase to recognize and honor up-and-coming artisans who are helping change the way we all think about food.”

We will be working with a panel of 20 ‘tastemakers’ from all over Canada and learning from their varied experience and expertise in the artisan food world.

Pyramid Farm & Ferments “will be recognized at a June showcase, promoted nationally and have the opportunity to share in the insights ACE has gained over the last 20 years.”

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