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[Tomato Dirt #245] Gifts for Gardeners: An indoor growing system gives gardening all year long
December 16, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 26

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Holiday Gift Guide, Part 4 - Choose an Indoor Growing System to Give the Gift of Gardening All Year

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A grow light structure is a stand from which lights are suspended and under which plants are set. Its shelves hold seedling trays. Arms or sides support the light ballast. Choose from these 4 types of grow light structures when you’re growing tomatoes from seed.

  • Tabletop Strucutres. Beginning gardeners or gardeners with limited space may choose table top growing stands that accommodate single or double trays (seed starting trays for the home gardener have between 18 and 48 cells, depending upon which tray you choose.)
  • Freestanding Strucutres . Freestanding units are available in all sizes, from compact units to multiple shelving units. Some freestanding structures are on wheels so you can move them easily.
  • Modular Units. A modular unit allows you to start with just one shelf and light to use now and then add units vertically to multiply your growing space. This is a practical way to get started with growing your own tomatoes from seeds. In most cases, a modular unit is easy to take apart and store compactly during the off-season.

  • Shelving. One popular way to make an inexpensive light shelf is to use a simple shelving unit. You can hang fluorescent shop lights from shelf undersides of the shelves with wire, chain, or rope.

Read more about choosing a grow light system for starting tomato seeds … and check out terrific tomato grow lights systems on our Tomato Grow Lights Pinterest board.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Why Fluorescent Lights Are Favorites with Gardeners

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Use this Free Grow Lights Guide to Choose a System for You

With so many types of grow lights and systems available, it can be overwhelming to figure out which one will best suit your needs.

Our friends at Gardener’s Supply have put together a guide of the most popular grow light lines. It’s free!

The guide includes each system’s features and the benefits. This way, whether you’re starting seeds, nurturing houseplants, or growing food indoors, you can find the grow light system you need.

Browse the guide to discover which one is right for you. Happy growing!

More on Growing Tomatoes Indoors

Tomato Grow Lights ExplainedUsing Fluorescent Lights for Growing TomatoesHow to Grow Tomatoes on a WindowsillHow to Grow Tomatoes Indoors

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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