Ask a Question forum→Supplemental sunlight

Views: 74, Replies: 5 » Jump to the end
Wyckoff, NJ
Iforchhe
May 17, 2020 6:35 PM CST
So my raised bed garden gets 5 hours of direct sunlight. No more. I want to supplement with grow lights that are outdoor safe. Has anyone done this, any suggestions?
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Image
BigBill
May 17, 2020 7:28 PM CST
No.
Probably because you tailor the plants you grow outside by the amount of available sunlight. If you grow indoor plants that require more sun you can use supplemental lighting. But to do so outdoors doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
It can be dangerous and expensive! Not to mention interfering with your neighbors property. I would really ask you to think about rainfall, runoff, seepage, thunderstorms, electrocutions.

If you do not have enough light to grow a large fruited tomato that takes 80 days to mature and you need more sun, you trim a tree, you can cut down a tree to get more sun. Why on earth would you use supplemental lighting outside?
If cutting down trees or trimming trees is not an option, you grow a different type of tomato, either a cherry tomato or a Roma tomato.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
[Last edited by BigBill - May 17, 2020 7:33 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2242400 (2)
Wyckoff, NJ
Iforchhe
May 17, 2020 7:35 PM CST
Thanks for the response! To clarify, my garden gets shadowed by my house as of 330/4 PM so that's the end of light. My thought was just a few LED bulbs maybe even attached to the house (and put in by an electrician!) that way I could get some more direct rays in those afternoon hours (don't want to have them going all night). Does that change your thinking at all? Unfortunately I didn't have a better location to set up...
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Image
BigBill
May 17, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Oh I figured you were talking about an Electrician.
Let me ask you this. Is there more sun available elsewhere in your yard? If there is, you could grow tomatoes, eggplant and peppers in containers and in the raised bed grow things that need less light. This is how I grow tomatoes here in Michigan! It works great.
It is with electric fixtures outside that I am afraid of prolonged exposure to moisture causing havoc.
BUT if flowers and perennials are your goal, you have enough light.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
[Last edited by BigBill - May 17, 2020 7:52 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2242427 (4)
Wyckoff, NJ
Iforchhe
May 17, 2020 7:52 PM CST
I get the concern totally! How I wish I could grow in another spot. I have deer and my garden has an 8 foot fence. This was the only spot that wasn't literally in the middle of where my kids play. It get good sun midday 11-330 ish. So I'm hoping I get cherry tomatoes from that. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the input!
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Image
BigBill
May 17, 2020 8:09 PM CST
You'll get cherries no problem.
For 25 years on Long Island, I grew Sweet 1,000's or Sweet one millions! They produced incredible yields!!!

Your welcome and I wish you good luck!!
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by IrisLilli and is called "Water Lily"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.