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What is cheaper, heat greenhouse, or growlights?

Posted by poaky1 6 pa (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 24, 14 at 2:51

I have some houseplants, and also want to start veggies indoors. I have a 8x6 HFGH. It needs it's panels silicone in after some winds blew them out. I want to start seeds early, and store houseplants over winter. This seems a no brainer, but I will ask anyways. Is it cheaper to heat and winter-proof this greenhouse or add lights in my south-facing basement windows? I have 2 windows in my basement facing south. Both are only about 2 1/2 ft wide, though. In winter they will likely need extra lights.

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RE: What is cheaper, heat greenhouse, or growlights?

Every year I check figures on this topic so I can readily tell you that if you heat the house you live in you already are saving by growing plants there also. The shop lights are a fraction of even one seasons heating expenses- I have 24 currently in my house lit over plants.

Within a few weeks I know I'll run out of practical in-house space and I'll move plants to a greenhouse that will require overnight heat but until then I'll take every advantage of the "Free" heat from my house.

RE: What is cheaper, heat greenhouse, or growlights?

I wouldn't need to change anything right away, until my seeds turn into seedlings. I would never try to keep some plants in a greenhouse in winter. I just need to convince my mom, who's bed is near a south facing window, that some plants must be near the window near her bed.

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