Category Archives: LED light growing

Swiss Chard Experiment – LED lights

Swiss Chard was one of those things that I used to like growing better than eating.  There are so many different colors to feed the eye.  But once I used it in Molly Katzen’s Pasta with greens and feta, that changed.  So … Continue reading

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LED growing 2015

What else could I be writing about in this weather?  As I write, all I can see out of my basement windows is the snow.  I started the usual lettuces and a couple of greens for the new year.  My … Continue reading

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Freida under the Lights

Alas, Fred and last winter’s pygmy sundews did not make it through the summer.  Once I turned off the LEDs, I couldn’t find the right combination of light and coolness to keep them alive.  So when I started up the … Continue reading

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Carnivorous Plants and the LED Farm

  I promised you a serious blog post about Fred (N. chaniana x veitchii (S-TC)) and the pigmy sundews.  Since the sundews are blossoming, it seemed like a good time to deliver.  To give you some context, I was having … Continue reading

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Fred the Assassin

I’m small.  It’s not my fault.  I was designed this way.  Petite and tender green like the emerging shoots of plants in spring, touched by delicate pink.  Pretty but deadly, I’m the deceiver, the destroyer.  I eradicate.  My brothers and … Continue reading

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LED First Harvest 2013

These greens were targeted for Thanksgiving but my timing is a little off.  Someone said Thanksgiving was late this year?  In the harvest picture below, from bottom left, clockwise: Cilantro:  Calypso, which takes cool weather, bolts slowly and can be … Continue reading

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Under the Lights

This lettuce was started to harvest for Thanksgiving, less than a week away. I went with an organic fertilizer this year, kelp and fish based, 4-3-3. I’m not completely thrilled with the results (not that I’m blaming the fertilizer); the … Continue reading

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LED Lights and Seed Starting

All of the articles that I could find talked about growing things under LED lights were for just that purpose, growing things to maturity.  There were also some cautions about how they could hurt seedlings.  So I dithered about whether … Continue reading

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Out and In

Although we’ve had warm weather off and on, it only served to pack the snow tightly to make it harder to melt on warm days like yesterday.  Dry steps from the deck let me get to the garden to see … Continue reading

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LED New Setup

Finished.  While I understand the meaning of the word, I don’t do it very well.  Last weekend I made enough progress on the new setup to move the cool weather plants, but caught a cold that’s slowed me down this … Continue reading

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LEDs again

I’ve purchased a new, larger light and I was hoping to have pictures of the new, more permanent basement setup.  Between poor design and construction skills, it’s not ready yet.  So here is a quick status, with pictures, instead.  Click … Continue reading

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LED First Harvest

I picked some of my first batch of lettuces last night from under the LED lights.  I had them tested by Everiss Labs and since this was the first time I’d ever seen tissue test results, I was a little … Continue reading

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Outdoors and In

The temps are forecasted in the teens, next town over to the west and north.  I went out to see what I could get before it was frozen and came back with a couple of handfuls of good stuff.  Small … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights, week two

The lettuces continue to put on mass.  The red colors in Yogoslavian Red (heading lettuce) are showing up nicely but it’s also the slowest growing.  And I cannot see a visible difference between Australian Yellow and Simpson Elite (with toothpicks).  … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights – one week

The lettuces are definately adding mass, one week after the LED array was set up.  They didn’t get their first feed until yesterday:  Miracle Grow at the package strength.  (Sorry OGL folks, I promise, the next batch will be in … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights – the experiment begins

I started lettuces on 10/23 and they were just showing green, under my usual florescent bulb starting mechanisms, when the power went out for five days.  I was worried that the sprouts would be too leggy and get my trials with an … Continue reading

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LED Lights to feed the world

Update 10/13/11.  The Boston Globe link no longer works but here is an ABC link that works today.  Or use the search term as described below.  http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=13346712 I’m sharing a link to a Boston Globe version of an AP release … Continue reading

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