Winter is almost here. For those that like to grow plants for food or simply to enjoy their beauty this means they will not be able to practice their hobby. However if they read on they can learn how they can grow plants even in the winter months.
Plants can be grown year round with a little extra effort and a little extra money. There is no one way to grow during the winter. Some locations are better suited for certain forms of winter growing though. Some winter methods will work anywhere while others may be limited.
One of the earliest and most obvious ways to grow during the winter is to use a greenhouse. A greenhouse can be fairly inexpensive. However it will set you back a couple hundred for a small simple cheap one. You can make a mini greenhouse with just some plastic and PVC or other material to make a frame. Plants still need a certain amount of light during the day to grow so while a greenhouse may keep plants warm it will not give all plants enough light depending on where you live. A greenhouse may only help plants that grow in low light conditions.
If you do not have the resources to buy a cheap greenhouse, the resourcefulness to make one, or you want to grow a plant that needs more light then you can get you will have to use another option. Fortunately the other option is a more effective one. The other option is to use grow lights. Grow lights are what people use to grow pot and there is a reason that they use grow lights. Only two spectrum’s are used by plants in photosynthesis. The newest LED grow lights use the exact wavelength to give optimum growth without wasting energy on other spectrum’s of light.
For those interested it is the red and blue light spectrum, and even in that it is a particular wavelength that is optimal though any red or blue light will work wonders. LED lights do not cost much and do not take much power either. Unless you want to grow tons of plants you could get by on a small investment. A typical grow light panel can be bought on ebay for about $30 and that will allow you to grow a few plants at once. If you want you can also just make your own for very little by getting your own LED and wiring them up. You should not try this if you have no electrical experience. It is not to dangerous if you use batteries to run the lights but that will use up lots of batteries over time.
Using LED lights you can grow in your house, in a greenhouse that does not get enough light, a shed, or even a closet. Plants typically will want 12-16 hours of light. All you have to do is either turn on the grow lights for 12-16 hours or put the lights on a timer each day. Well you will want to continue to water and take care of them too of course. Using grow lights will help you to grow plants better then ever. Not only will you be able to grow in the winter but you can grow better year round if you use them. Or if you prefer doing your gardening outdoors you can get an early start indoors and transplant when the last thaw has past and your plants will have a huge head start over the ones just being planted.
So whatever way you choose to grow this winter you can still have your plants even in the harshest and coldest of winters.