As recently as the 1990s, most people had never heard of a grow light. Grow tents, as we know them today, hadn’t even been invented. NFT stood for the National Film Theatre and hydroponics was something to do with recording sound waves underwater. Okay, that was a bit of a stretch but it’s true to say that indoor gardening has boomed massively over the last decade.
No doubt you’ve noticed all the new grow shops springing up all over the place reflecting the fact that what was once a niche pastime is now almost mainstream by comparison.
You could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a good thing to have more growers on the scene. As the free market theory goes, very roughly, more growers equal more money leading to greater competition and innovation in the marketplace. The net result being that better products are available at cheaper prices for us all to enjoy—in an ideal world, perhaps. Alas, we don’t live in a consumerist utopia.