The Helpful Gardener wrote:Oh, that is STRICTLY photoperiod; these are not getting enough light. As the days get short it really helps to supplement with electric light, especially at this age...
Thanks for the diagnosis. I actually have them under a 4' fluorescent, hung about 6" above. 12 hours on during day, 12 hours off at night (I only get maybe 1/2 hour of sun in my position). I'm going to assume I have it hung to high?!?
This is a standard fixture with cool-white bulbs.
opabinia51 wrote: Hi Leaf,
Where abouts in Victoria do you live. I'm up by UVIC myself. Anyway, you can buy grow lights and the accompanying appartati into which the lights are held. That should provide the proper wavelength of light that your plants are craving and you can turn the lights on (or set a timer) at about 4 pm when it starts to dim a bit.
I live on Bay St.
I think I might be cool if I drop them (unless either of you say otherwise). [/quote]
Though, for future reference: It would be a lot easier to plant a winter vegetable garden (as I did this year) in August-September. You can buy plants from THE GARDEN PATH and dirt cheap prices (and even get 25 dollars worth of free plants if you spend a couple of hourse picking the seedlings for Caroline (the owner)).
I don't have any land on which to plant anything, so I have to stick to indoors until then.
Funny you mentioned The Garden Path... I just found them on the net a couple of weeks ago, linked from the Composting Education Centre's website (I'm on a 6 month waiting period for vermi-posting...wow). I was all excited to go buy Organic seeds, then found out they weren't open
Thanks for the Caroline scoop!
Winter lettuces are really yummy not to mention Kales, Swiss Chards, Rutabaga and so on. (You can buy the seeds from Caroline as well, plant them in August).
mmm ya. leaves are good.
Ya I'll definately check out that store when it opens
When I was picking for her, I also grabbed several dozen of the unused seedlings and planted them in my two winter gardens. You would not believe how many winter vegetables I have!
Thanks! Both of you for your help