The seasons are undeniably shifting once again, with the nights drawing long some people suffer from the lack of heat & sunshine. To remedy this you could throw together some simple clamp style light fittings, a few cheap bulbs and some seed. Creating a little patch of endless summer right in your home. As a bonus you can grow plants like chillies, tomatoes etc and eat the rewards. Try planting supermarket off cuts; things like spring onions, lettuce etc will quickly regenerate.
A few weeks ago I came across these Habanero chillies in B&Q, 50p each! I’ve been growing them under a little table made from an old pallet in our living room.
The CFL bulbs are cheap to buy and economical to run, they generate very little heat and are available in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to growing plants there’s really only two things to remember, firstly these bulbs generally come in two versions. Warm white & cool white, Cool white helps the plant to expand in size (vegetation) and Warm white helps the plant to flower. The second thing is Lumens, basically the more Lumens the brighter the bulb.
I’m not getting into detail on the topics of light spectrums or growing techniques in this article, this is merely the bare bones. You can look for the meat elsewhere.
If you would like to continue your hobby through the winter months why not give something like this a try, the internet is packed full of creative & inspirational ideas. I’m mainly interested in plants that produce something beneficial rather than have a purely superficial value.
If you have any ideas or perhaps already grow something interesting over the winter periods please let me know.
Thanks for your interest.