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Using grow lights for healthier seedlings

January 27th, 2014 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

As our Nation of Gardeners have been finding with their growing task from December, seedlings sown at this time of year can suffer from a lack of sufficient light during the day.

This video gives a guide on how to use standard grow lights to best effect to raise seedlings in the darker winter months.  It also gives a good overview of crops and seedlings that are appropriate for growing under grow lights – and when certain crops need to be held back until the Spring gets closer.

It’s not worth using a grow light for crops such as beets, radishes, parsnips and carrots since they don’t transplant very well.   Lettuce, spinach and chard and crops such as sweetcorn, peas and beans are also better left until conditions outside are suitable for sowing.

Grow lights are great for getting crops such as tomatoes, squash, peppers, chilllis and melons however as these plants need a long growing season to develop and so it is a good way to get a good head start.