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Coffee Or Tea When I Work In My Indoor Garden?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work in my indoor garden. I’ve completely set up the room with benches and planters and have got all the flowers inside. They are all in the correct soil getting the correct nutrients and I have set up an automated watering system. I only have one big job left.


Installing the grow lights

The only job I still have to do, at least the only really big job, is to install the grow lights. As I discussed recently, I have decided to go with LED grow lights. There are so many brands that it was really hard to decide, but in the end I decided on Platinum LED. They seem to be a good company that makes high-quality lights. They are certainly not cheap, but if they get this job done, then the extra expense is worth it. Since these lights are so powerful, I have no doubt they will deliver for me.

Installing them will be a pain, though. I suppose installing an LED light is a lot simpler than installing more traditional types of grow lighting, like HID grow lights or fluorescent lights. But it is still work. Luckily, my two favorite drinks will get me through that work. The only hard part is deciding which one to go with.

indoor garden with LED plant lights


Coffee Or Tea

For most of the gardening work, I’ve been drinking tea. I usually prefer tea. I like the taste better than coffee and I like the effects of tea better. It’s a much more mellow caffeine high. It doesn’t make me jittery. It wakes me up, but still leaves me feeling calm. So why then do I have a dilemma? Why do I find it difficult to choose between coffee and tea?

Another great thing about tea? It makes me want to sing. I don’t know what it is, but I associate tea with singing, for some reason. And since I recently started teaching myself how to sing, it only makes sense to drink more tea to get myself into a singing mood.

That’s because coffee simply has a lot more caffeine. My body is pretty used to caffeine, so tea doesn’t really do much for me. I have to drink a lot of it to feel anything at all. With coffee, I feel the effects after just one or 2 cups. It doesn’t take much to wake me up and keep me alert. The only problem is that the alertness is the jittery kind of alertness you get from coffee. I don’t like that, but at times I prefer it too not being as alert, which is what happens with tea.

Some people tell me that if you drink different kinds of tea you will get a higher or lower caffeine content. That is true, but the difference is not that great. None of them really comes close to coffee. Well, that’s not true. Matcha green tea powder is made from whole tea leaves that are ground down to a fine powder. As a result, you consume the whole leaves, not just the steeped essence. This means you get way more caffeine than you would from just the steeping leaves.

So I guess I just answered my own dilemma. I should start drinking more matcha. The main problem is that mucha is quite expensive. The good stuff is quite expensive, I should say. It is quite possible to buy poor quality matcha from China that doesn’t cost too much. But if I’m going to drink it, I want to drink the best. Or at least a good quality mucha.

So next week, when my grow lights arrive and I have to install them in my indoor garden, I guess I will be drinking matcha green tea. I just need to order it online and hope that it arrives in time. If not, I guess it’s back to coffee. Oh well, coffee got me through some tough times, so I guess it’s not all bad.