Monday, June 02, 2008

Short statusreport June

I can now harvest tomatoes enough for a sallad from the plants I sowed the twentyfourth of february, and the indian spinach are out of control. That's why I went online and ordered more seeds for my gardens...


Sandra said...

I need advice! LOL! Do you have a good source of information on how to set up an indoor garden? I'm looking online and mostly things are about flowers. They're pretty but I'm interested in saving money on groceries. I'm growing a container garden outside this summer but want to also have stuff in the basement that's more finicky about heat -- I'll do spinach and sugar snap peas there, I think. Then in the fall, the rest will be moved indoors... I think... still in the beginning phases of investigation. What kind of lights do you use?

Rosengeranium said...

One of the reason I started this blog was that I had a hard time finding good information on the net. (I sense a lengthy blogpost comming on, but I can't promise when it will be up). Thanks to SandraMort, who has some interesting links on her blog, I've found this small article which is a good starter:
Indoor Vegetable Gardening.

My lights are called "cold daylight" (in swedish, so I'm not entirely sure on their english counterpart) and are standard flourescent lamps. What you need to look for are flourescent lamps that are extremely light - as close to real daylight as possible. Apparently they come in two varieties; red 'tinted' or blue 'tinted', and you want blue ones, since blue light enhances growth.

If you take a look at the pictures on this blog where the lamps are visible they emmit an almost scary science fiction blue light. It's not that bad in reality - it's closer to bluish white. Since I have my gardens in areas where we live our dayly life I set the timers to put the light on and off early to allow for some cosy light at the end of the day.