Growing Plants Under Artificial Lights

Gardening is one of my favorite past times.  I love being able to harvest the fruits/vegetables of my labor. Even though there is plenty of harvesting yet to do this year, winter will be here before you know it. Looking at my garden I can tell what worked and what didn’t work so well and based on this year’s harvest I will decide what to plant for next season.

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Seedling starter flat with humidity cover.

I use to purchase plants from nurseries.  This got pretty expensive when I was planting 20 tomato plants, 8 green/red pepper plants, 6 jalapeño plants and 5 cucumber plants a year. About 10 years ago my son built a grow table.  Since that time I have added a few things like a flat with lid that holds jiffy peat pellets to start seeds in, a heated grow mat, a timer so I can preset the time of day for the lights to turn on and shut off and stakes that I can write the date and type of seed planted.

Since I have started using artificial lights to start my seeds indoors, I save a little money plus I get the added benefit of knowing the plants have been nurtured and loved from the day they were planted. I also find myself giving plants away to my family and friends; I can’t stand the thought of throwing a plant away that I worked so hard to grow from seed and they appreciate the freebies.

Seedling starter heating mat.

If you want to learn more about growing plants indoors join us for the program Growing Plants Under Artificial Lights; presented by the Maters Gardeners in the Anton Room 202 October 24th from 7 PM – 8 PM.