The Indoor Vegetable Garden
Winter is here and if you have ever considered starting an indoor vegetable garden, why not start one inside your home? With the impending financial crisis close upon us, growing fresh food that is healthy not only makes lots of sense in the eating of healthy food.
Even though a south facing window is the place, but if this isn’t available artificial lighting will suffice. Plants grown out doors require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily, but if you must rely upon artificial light for indoor gardening, 10 hours daily is much more desirable. There are a huge variety of artificial light sources now available to the home gardener of today and due to the popularity of indoor gardening that the list of products is increasing daily.
Lighting isn’t particularly desirable due to its energy efficiency and the heat that’s generated. Your crops can burn if placed too close and the bulb life is short.
Florescent lighting gives good light and is cooler; the bulbs usually have a life span of 20.000 hours and also come in various versions and color spectrums. But like light, the results aren’t optimal.
HID are generally used by commercial growers and include high pressure sodium lamps (HPD/SON) and metal halide (MH) both of which use their own light spectrums which mimic sunlight.
The latest development in grow lights are cheap, lEDs, provide the light spectrum for your plants, do not need ballasts and operate. Currently these are the best alternative.
LED lights are available in bulbs that have been designed to have wave lengths used for the photosynthesis process. These lights use less electricity as other types of bulbs for the exact light intensity, they require no emit and ballasts much less heat than HID lamps, which translates into watering of your plants. Although a little more expensive than fluorescent bulb it’s claimed that they will last for years.
Dick Murray writes about survival vegetable gardening, not in the doomsday genre, but the fundamental premise of when the price and the quality of the food that we eat becomes unsustainable and we must learn how to be as self reliant as our forefathers did and learn how to grow our own food. To find out more, visit his website at www.survivalvegetablegardening.com