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Fast Growing Formula For the Northern Hunter

Formulated for the Northern hunter who deals with late springs, cooler summers, and early falls. It’s a blend of fast-growing and protein-filled Crimson Clover, Berseeem Clover, Spring Peas, Cosaque Black Oats, Winter Triticale with late season Forage Collards, Turnips, and Smart Radishes to give you the best plot to knock that Northern bucks Light’s Out!

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How Low to Hang a Grow Light Starting From Seed

Starting vegetables and flowers indoors from seed is an economical way to fill a large garden, and it allows you to try varieties not readily available as seedlings from garden centers. A seed-starting setup includes flats, soil-less medium and lights. Lights should be long fluorescent tubes that produce cool light. Not all seeds require light to germinate. Those that do are usually tiny seeds that are scattered across the soil surface. Place lights 6 to 12 inches over the seed tray and keep them on for 16 hours a day. Seeds that are sown under the soil don’t need any light at all until they sprout.

After Germination

Once seeds sprout — both those that need light to germinate and those that don’t — they need light. Seedlings need consistent, bright light — almost as much as they need water. The light should be hung so it is 2 to 3 inches above the seedlings and adjusted as the plants grow to maintain that distance for the first month. After that, move lights to 3 to 6 inches above the plants. Keep the lights on for 16 to 18 hours a day until it is time to plant seedlings outdoors. An automated timer ensures that the plants get a necessary daily rest period.

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Starting Plants from Seeds
  • University of California Extension: Seed Starting

Patricia Hamilton Reed has written professionally since 1987. Reed was editor of the “Grand Ledge Independent” weekly newspaper and a Capitol Hill reporter for the national newsletter “Corporate & Foundation Grants Alert.” She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University, is an avid gardener and volunteers at her local botanical garden.