Northern Gardening forum: More under lights!

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Feb 15, 2015 7:45 PM CST

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Kale is going to get me to spring until I start peppers and tomatoes.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Feb 16, 2015 11:21 AM CST
I really have to clean up the garage in prep for the big push on vegies. The rolling light racks are tucked in a corner out of the way and there is only a foot or so to allow my car in the garage. When the car is out, I set up a 4x8 sheet of plywood and drop lights on chains from the ceiling to be just over the plants. Then the two rolling racks (4 shelves with lighting that can be raised or lowered) go in the middle of the garage. I had electricians install quad boxes in the ceiling last summer with switches on the wall to power them. Needed a new fuse put in the power box to accommodate them. Kept blowing circuits before.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
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pjdksmith
Mar 20, 2015 8:33 AM CST
We have a walk in green house. Portable and put it on our deck. Place Styrofoam on tge deck. Cover w space blanket (reflection ). Place in a worklight and portable heater. Use the lights for heat too
Im near Gravenhurst. Some seedlings already started. Will start mesclun in the greenhouse. Nothing like freshly picked salad to make u feel like spring is closer!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 20, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Welcome!
And thanks for telling us about your growing system.
I have lights in the basement.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 20, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Welcome! to Atp, pjdksmith.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Mar 21, 2015 10:20 AM CST
My welcome also. I am starting brocs and pak-choy today. Onions (yellow and sweet) already up and under lights. Time to move the car outside. I have two rolling racks of four shelves each with double rows of lights on each that can raise and lower. When plants get too tall for them, I bring in the 4x8' sheet of plywood and drop lights on chains from the ceiling. Probably the first of April. Only one rack planted thus far.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Mar 22, 2015 2:23 AM CST
Your garage must be bright when all those lights are on!
I have three shelves with double light fixtures,
and then a counter with two sets of lights over each end.
All the fixtures are on chains so I can move them up or down.

This year I am changing the counter ones to single, 3 tube fixtures.
These will hang over the center of the counter from a cupboard above it.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Mar 22, 2015 7:34 AM CST
That should work great. When all the lights are on it is quite bright. Right now there is just a little spot on the far side from three shelves. I will have to move my jars of jam and such from the top shelf to put my lettuce and primrose plantings on and then turn on that light. From there it will mean moving the car outside and doing a real cleaning and rearranging of shelves and 'stuff' that seems to 'grow' in the garage to make room for growing plants. Will be glad to get it down as working around that one shelf is cramped and very uncomfortable. The plants probably feel that way too. Hilarious!
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)

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