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April 25, 2008


looks good Marc. my tomato seedlings are still small' but I did manage to plant some tomatoes given me

Look at you go...I'd say luck is not necessary except for the weather, so good luck! What a great start!

That is an impressive bunch of tomato plants. Looks to me like June 1st will see tomatoes on your table. Great work.

Look like you'll be having quite a few tomatoes! Are you going to plant all of these in your garden?


Hi, I am new here, but will be back! I am only in my third year gardening up in the Northeast. After a really great year last year, using transplants from a commercial nursery, I am afraid I have been a victim this year of overambitious seed planting. I did not have proper grow lights, so went through the splindlies (sigh) - and then when I transplanted some good-looking cucumbers last week, on an exceptionally warm day, we had a frost, and I not only lost whatever I put into the garden (except for the peas - they are hanging in), but lost an entire tray of tomato seedlings I'd stupidly left out overnight. Dumb.

I am so envious of your gorgeous healthy tomato plants !!! I covet them !!!

What a great job you are doing. congrats!


Wow, those tomatoes look great!

Are the fluro tubes special or just the every day sort? How much power do they use?

This has got me thinking on how to set a system up in my shed over the very hot summer to keep my lettuce supply up. All I would need to do is turn the lights on at night and let them bask in the warmth of the shed during the day.

Wow the tomatoes do look great. I think the new led grow lights save on electric. I think they use about 1/3 the energy as traditional grow lights. Saw some over at Peaceful Valley's grow organic site:


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This is an excellent example of what fluoros are capable of. Each 4' bulb uses between 32 and 40 watts, depending on whether it is a T12 or T8 bulb.

Either way, these lights are very energy efficient compared to high-pressure-sodium, halide, and even LED lights.

Typical shop lights are considered 'cool white,' and typically burn at 5,000 degrees kelvin. This is perfect for supporting plant growth.

When it comes time to fruit, you want to add some 'yellow light.' This can be achieved by adding bulbs that burn at about 3,500 degrees kelvin, or you can add bulbs that burn in the 6,000 to 7,000 kelvin range. The latter bulbs are tougher to find and are considered 'full spectrum.' They are most similar to what the sun would naturally put out throughout the course of a day.

Slowly decreasing the amount of light each day will also help to trick the plants into flowering.

Thanks Marc, for helping to prove that fluorescents can really produce some bang for their buck.

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