The Q&A Archives: greenhouse lighting

Question: I am trying to start an inside greenhouse (in my garage). Every season I sow seeds under a light. Recently I have moved. So now I have a garage for the fist time.

Answer: Since you have room for a seed starting area in your garage, you can put together a rather sophisticated system. You'll need a bench and at least 2 fluorescent shoplight fixtures (more if you have lots of seed starting trays). The fluorescent fixtures should be hung so you can move them up or down on chains or ropes. Keep the lights only 2 inches above the seedlings, moving them up as the seedlings grow. If the light source is too far away from the seedlings they will reach up and become leggy. Keep the lights on 14-16 hours a day and turn them off at night. You should have thick and stocky seedlings by the time they are ready to move out into the garden. Good luck with your project!

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