How to Get a Jumpstart on Your 2018 Garden
Like yoga and heavy metal, winter and gardening don’t really pair well — at least not traditionally.
But Tower Garden isn’t exactly traditional. After all, it produces plants almost automatically, without soil.
And now with new LED lights, growing an indoor Tower Garden in the winter (and, by proxy, starting your 2018 garden early) is easier and more efficient than ever.
Your Tower Garden Customer Care team grows indoors, too!
Introducing the New Tower Garden LED Grow Lights
Late last year, Tower Garden launched LED Grow Lights (pictured on right in the photograph above). Besides helping you grow your own fresh, nutrient-rich food year-round, the sleek system allows you to:
- Reduce energy costs. LED bulbs save up to 40 percent more energy and last up to 50,000 hours.* (So you won’t be replacing them anytime soon.)
- Install and use with ease. With only six pieces and a single power cable, the lighting system is self-contained and simple to set up — no Support Cage necessary.
- Adjust light position, as needed. Flexible arms allow you to move lamps to effortlessly harvest, clean, and provide plants with adequate light, whether they’re tiny seedlings or large, mature plants.
On Tower Talk, a few growers have already shared their first impressions. Here’s what one had to say:
I got the new LED lighting system with our Tower Garden order, and I must say they are awesome! The timer is really high quality…The design is really top notch. The plants are really happy after being planted yesterday.
Other Grow Lights customers have also experienced positive results, such as denser, darker, and faster plant growth.
Tower Tip: Though these grow lights are new, the basic best practices of indoor gardening (e.g., provide 14–16 hours of light, prune plants to improve air circulation) still apply.
*For the technically inclined, here are a few key product specifications:
- Working Temperature = less than 104º F
- Maximum Power Consumption = 125 Watts
- Input Voltage = 120VAC, 50/60Hz
- Average Utility Cost per month = $6.00, per energy.gov
- Color Temperature = 6000K (crystal white light)
Photo shared by swyzga on Tower Talk
How to Use Grow Lights to Start Your Garden Early
Though certain types of LEDs are designed to encourage flowering and fruit development, Tower Garden’s Grow Lights are best for growing leafy greens and herbs. (And at this time, Tower Garden has no plans to offer full spectrum lights for fruiting crops — mostly because growing fruiting crops indoors is a challenge, regardless of which lights you use.)
That means if you use them to grow tomatoes, peppers, or squash, for example, you’ll likely get lots of lush foliage, but not many flowers or fruit. You can use this to your advantage, however, if you live somewhere with a short growing season, such as Canada, or if you simply want to maximize your yields this spring and summer.
Well, if you start your warm season crops indoors during the late winter, you’ll have robust, well-established plants by April or May. So, when you move them outside (after hardening them off, or acclimating them to the outdoor conditions), you’ll enjoy harvests much earlier than if you had waited until spring to germinate seeds — thereby increasing your yields overall.
Tower Tip: Does starting plants indoors seem like too much trouble? You can also get a head start on the growing season by ordering seedlings from a Tower Farm.
Of course, you could also just stick with leafy greens and herbs, which grow wonderfully indoors year-round with the LEDs. It’s up to you!
Succeed in 2018 with Tower Garden LEDs
Excited by this latest Tower Garden enhancement? Stay tuned — the product development team has even more surprises in store for 2018. In the meantime, grab your set of LED Grow Lights and start growing your own fresh, healthy food this winter:
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