If there’s anything the farmers and agribusinesses of the world want more than anything else, it’s to cut back on the time it takes to grow a crop, get it moved to market and sell it. Growing food is a way of life for some people, and the more food they can grow in a season, the more money they can make. While it isn’t viable for small scale farms and individuals, the use of electronic grow lights is actually pretty widespread in larger agribusinesses. The rest of us can try it on a smaller scale by using a single grow light or tray, but I want to talk more about the sun for a moment.
The sun is responsible for all life on Earth. Without it, plants wouldn’t grow, and the animals which eat plants would starve, followed by the animals that only eat other animals. Light produced by the sun, or any ultraviolet light for that matter, is just a part of the photosynthesis process most plants use to produce their own food and stay healthy. Because direct sunlight carries an energy level of about 1,100 watts per square meter, it’s possible to use alternative lighting sources to keep plants growing even after the sun descends for the night – a practice which makes plants grow far faster than normal.
Unlike animals which need sleep, plants simply continue to grow, and if left unchecked will be sure to overgrow their surroundings if they manage to stay alive. Too much light energy will dry out leaves and burn foliage though, thereby killing the plants that need that same energy to live. This is why it’s generally better to give plants the level of light they’re used to getting over extended hours rather than increasing the wattage over the normal amount of time. Over at Plantozoid you can find tents and other goods to help you in setting up an outdoor greenhouse of sorts.
I’m all about boosting productivity and getting more done in the same amount of time, so this whole electronic growing operation really has piqued my interest. I have room enough to set something up and I’m sure I could afford the kilowatt hour cost on my energy bill when it comes to that, so I’ve really been thinking about starting my own garden lately. The website I mentioned earlier has been fairly valuable in looking up different lighting solutions and comparing them all in one place, so check out http://plantozoid.com/ if this sounds like something you’d like to try too.
As for me, I think I’m going to pick up a few small things, nothing major. I’ll give it a try for a few months first and if that works out, well I don’t know; I must just start up a little side business growing some of the freshest produce available in my area. If I understand right, this is the sort of business that takes care of itself too – I just show up to water the plants and occasionally clip something. That’s a pretty easy investment for me to make.