Why Light Gardening

tarragon, and many other crops.

Of course, you don't need to grow the above crops to maturity indoors; they'll do beautifully grown from seed to transplant-size under lights, and then moved outside. Other vegetables are best grown under lights only to transplants. The large plants that produce edible fruit, such as beans and zucchini, should be transplanted (though bush varieties can be grown indoors in a container), as should broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower and eggplant These varieties require more light intensity to bring to maturity then is easy to generate indoors or are difficult to handle indoors because of their size.

Lights bring several advantages to the growing of vegetables. For one thing, they can be installed in a cupboard, closet, planter or part of a room to create a permanent garden where certain vegetables can thrive all the year round. Lights can also extend your outdoor growing season. By planting seeds indoors and exposing them to the proper amount of light, you can have healthy seedlings all ready to transplant into your garden by the time the weather and the temperature are right. [See Chapter 6 for detailed information on transplanting.)

Some vegetables do better under lights than others. Many root and leafy plants including beets, carrots, celery, Chinese cabbage, endive, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach and watercress are quite easy to grow all the way to maturity indoors. Some herbs do quite well in this environment too, including basil, parsley, rosemary and savory.

There are other vegetables and herbs which, while not recommended for beginners, can be grown under lights with a little more difficulty. After you've had some experience, you'll be able to extend your gardening range to include such plants as bush cucumbers and small tomatoes (especially determinate varieties such as Burpee's Pixie Hybrid), herbs such as sage and

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