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Oregon Outdoor Lighting

Keep It Local Oregon is proud to feature the amazing outdoor landscape lighting design skills of Oregon Outdoor Lighting, Pacific Northwest’s premier LED lighting experts. They’ve earned that title by installing over 13 000 LED bulbs since their company began. Oregon Outdoor Lighting makes it their business to be on the forefront of LED lighting design sensibility, creating truly innovative outdoor lighting solutions for each and every one of their clients. They are truly passionate about their work and their unique ‘Design First Philosophy‘ ensures that their customer is never sold on a light fixture, but rather the overall design solution. There are a myriad of reasons why you should invest in outdoor lighting. It beautifies your property, enhances safety and boosts security for your home- but let the work of Oregon Outdoor Lighting speak for itself. Kristen D had the following to say:

“Great experience from start to finish. Kyle was very polite, straight forward, and knowledgeable. At our request, he made great suggestions about lighting placement based on our needs. Highly recommended to anyone!”

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Low Maintenance Plants For Apartments

Plants are a great way to bring the outdoors indoors if you live in an apartment and can’t have a garden of your own. However, taking care of houseplants can be a tricky business because no matter how well you look after them, most plants aren’t actually built to thrive indoors.
If you’re an aspiring indoor gardener who can’t seem to stop killing your plants, we’ve compiled a list of options that are low maintenance, resilient and therefore perfect for apartment living. If you follow this guide, you’ll never be dismayed by the sight of wilting foliage ever again.

1. Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant
Native to Japan and Taiwan, Cast Iron plants are great for beginner gardeners. Named for their ability to withstand a fair bit of neglect, these plants don’t require a lot of light and are pretty drought resistant. They are very sensitive to direct sunlight and overwatering so they might not be a good fit for the over-enthusiastic gardener. To keep this plant looking shiny and lush, wipe down its leaves every so often. This will prevent them from accumulating dust and looking shabby.

2. Mother In Law’s Tongue

Mother in Law's Tongue
These unusual flowering plants hail from Western Africa, and are very popular due to their striking and slick looking leaves. In terms of resilience, they are known for being able to tolerate direct sunlight and require little watering due to their succulent nature. If you want a plant that has a lot of aesthetic benefits with minimal effort, this one is for you.

3. Corn Plant

Corn Plant
Contrary to what their impressive leaves may have you believe, these plants are actually very easy to maintain. Just keep them in a fairly bright room, away from direct sunlight and make sure they are watered frequently enough so that the soil remains slightly damp to the touch. Their dramatic foliage make these plants great focal points in bigger rooms and with proper care, Corn Plants can grow to be about 4 feet tall.

4. Madagascar Dragon Tree

Madagascar Dragon Tree
These slow growers thrive in warm, humid conditions and need a solid mix of soft light and shade in order to flourish. However, they’re pretty hardy and can withstand a fair amount of neglect. Much like the Cast Iron plant, they are very sensitive to harsh light and over-watering. These plants are also unsuitable for pet owners as their leaves are toxic to cats and dogs.

5. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm
These mini palm trees are great for the indoor grower who has a lot of patience but not a lot of time to spend on maintenance. These plants require very little water and sunlight, but are also very slow growers. Like most low –maintenance plants, they shy away from direct sunlight and suffer severely if over-watered. Parlor Palms also take several years to mature, but once their beautiful drooping fronds and cheery yellow flowers come in, you’ll see how it was most definitely worth the wait.

For more information about indoor gardening in urban environments check out Portland’s indoor gardening center. Located on 82nd Ave in the Southgate neighborhood of SE Portland, Urban Garden Supply has helpful staff capable of assisting in any indoor gardening project even if you plan on going super advanced with Hydroponics.

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Bionic Ears

Hearing aid technology has advanced to the point where people with profound deafness can experience the ability to hear again. “Bionic ears,” or cochlear implants as they are more commonly known, are different than hearing aids in the fact that instead of amplifying sounds, they actually bypass damaged parts of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

If a person is profoundly deaf, then hearing aids will do them no good, but cochlear implants can. They work by creating signals and sending them through the auditory nerve to the brain, which interprets those signals into sound. For children who are born deaf, cochlear implants can work wonders. Combined with therapy, deaf children with cochlear implants can learn how to have conversations and social skills in the crucial developmental stage when they are learning speech and language skills.

The minimum required age to be eligible for a cochlear implant is 12 months, but it can also help adults who lose their hearing as they age. Hearing through a cochlear implant isn’t the same as having normal, healthy ears, but it allows people to hear conversations, listen to music and talk on the telephone. The technology for cochlear implants is still being developed, and who knows where it will be in 5 years. I wouldn’t put it past them to completely eliminate the problem of profound deafness; they have already made huge strides in doing so.

If you have hearing aids, it is good to know of a reliable place where you can have them repaired or replaced. Hearing Health is a business that provides the best quality hearings aids Portland has to offer. They also offer Portland hearing aid batteries, as well as a hearing aid repair service!

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Why is pH Important for Hydroponics?

There are a lot of things to manage when it comes to running fully functional hydroponic systems, and monitoring your pH levels is one of the most important. If you fail to do it on a regular basis, then your plants will suffer. Urban Garden Supply is a Portland garden supply and hydroponics store that has an awesome selection of gardening products. Our staff of gardening experts has the knowledge and experience to help you with any and all of your hydroponic or gardening needs. We have written this informative guide to show you how important pH levels are to a successful hydroponics setup, and how you can manage pH levels effectively.

First, we will go over what pH actually is. pH is a measurement of the concentration of hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in a water-based solution. It is measured on a scale of 0-14, with 0 representing a very acidic solution and 14 representing a very basic solution. In an acidic solution, there are more hydrogen ions present than hydroxyl ions, and in a basic solution the opposite is true. A minimal change in pH corresponds with a major change in the concentration of hydrogen ions. For example, a solution that has a pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than a solution with a pH of 7. Every plant has a different ideal pH level, so when you are considering setting up a hydroponics system it is important to select plants that all thrive in the same general pH range. Most plants grow better in a solution with a pH between 6 and 7.5. Using the wrong pH for your plants can affect their ability to absorb essential nutrients, and in some cases can even kill them. pH levels can fluctuate on their own, so it is important to pH test your nutrient solution daily.

There are three different pH testing methods: liquid kits, paper strips and digital measuring devices. The paper strips are the most inexpensive method, but they are also the hardest to decipher. The paper strips are coated in a pH-sensitive dye. When you dip the paper strips into your nutrient solution, they change color based on how acidic or basic the solution is. To determine the precise pH level, you compare the color of your paper strips to a pH color chart. Liquid kits are slightly more expensive than paper strips, but they are also easier to read and more accurate. Similar to the paper strips, you just add a few drops of special dye to a small sample of your nutrient solution and analyze the resulting color. The easiest and most expensive way to check your pH is with a digital meter. All you have to do is dip the meter in your nutrient solution for a few seconds and it shows you an accurate pH reading. One thing that all three methods have in common is that they should be used after you have added nutrients and mixed them in with the water.

If you measure the pH of your nutrient solution and discover that it is not quite where you need it to be, there are chemicals that can be added to restore pH balance. A couple of the most popular are phosphoric acid and potassium hydroxide. Phosphoric acid reduces pH levels, while potassium hydroxide increases them. Add these chemicals in small amounts until you have successfully balanced the pH level. If you are vigilant and stay on top of maintaining an optimal pH, your plants will grow and thrive.

Portland Hydroponics and Garden Supply

If you ever have questions about hydroponics or if you need high quality gardening products, visit Urban Garden Supply. We are passionate about our work, and we will gladly help you with anything you need.

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Removing Algae from Hydroponic Systems

One of the most common problems that hydroponic growers run into is the buildup of algae. Algae are a very simple and diverse group of nonflowering plants that use photosynthesis to produce food. Algae tends to be green, Botanicare Hydroponic Grow System Portlandbrown or red and very slimy to the touch. In a hydroponic system, it can cause a number of problems.

Algae are a form of plant, so it is no surprise that it can grow in nutrient-rich water that is exposed to light. In hydroponic reservoirs and grow tanks, algae can quickly grow and spread. A small amount of algae is usually not a concern, but if nothing is done to prevent its growth, it can begin to take over. Large clumps of algae can clog up the pumps, drippers and hoses in your hydroponic system. If you see small amounts of algae forming in your nutrient reservoir or grow tank, it is a good idea to give it a good scrubbing on occasion. Another serious problem associated with algae growth is oxygen deprivation. When algae grows, dies and rots, it absorbs oxygen in the water. If there is enough algae present in your hydroponic system, it can actually suffocate your plants by using up all of the oxygen in the water. Decomposing algae can also be used as a food source for plant fungi.

Removing algae once it is already present can be a difficult task. To prevent algae from growing in the first place, you can prevent light from penetrating your nutrient reservoir. If prevention is no longer an option, you may have to empty out your system and scrub it thoroughly. Some people use algaecides and other chemicals to get rid of algae, but sometimes these chemicals can harm your plants as well. Your best bet is to carefully and constantly monitor your hydroponic system for algae outbreaks, and to scrub them away when you see them forming.

At Urban Garden Supply in Portland, Oregon, we are experts in general hydroponics. We offer some of the best hydroponic equipment Portland can offer, and we also offer advice on how you can run your hydroponic system to perfection.

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