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Plants under lights

Adding lights to our indoor seed-starting arrangement is like...well, the difference between night and day. The seedling have been growing so fast that I'm thinking I might need to change my seed-starting dates for next year.

After all, it's still a solid month until our frost-free dates and zinnias are jumping out of their flats, tomatoes are trying to grow through the lights on their highest setting, and one hardy pepper thinks she might want to bloom. We'll either have a set of stunted, rootbound plants in May or one of the earliest summer harvests our farm has yet experienced.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hi Anna,

Looks great.

You might consider documenting: Here is what we used to do and here is what we are doing now. And these are the differences and lessons learned [so far :) ].

The farmer near me [NH] already has 2 inch tomatoes in one of his heated hoop houses. Among other techniques, he shields his plants from the electric fields from his soil heater and lamps. Lamps are on early and stay on late. Et cetera :).

Looks great :).


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