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11/02/2014 at 21:25

Hi all,

I would like some advice on grow lights. My main reason is that my garden is east facing and does not get a great deal of direct sun light. Also I am going to build tiered planter boxes I.e planter boxes that are directly above each other to make use of space. 

This tiered effect may casr more shade on the veggies.

Does anyone have advice in this field? Is it necessary to have lights on or could I go without? 


11/02/2014 at 22:11

Hello Manaquin.

I must admit.  I am a little puzzled her.  I take it that you mean lights as in electric lights.  Lights often refer to glass protection frames etc.  Then the tiers.


Firstly.  You say that the area only basically gets early daylight, as the site faces east.  Let's set aside a common myth.  That south facing sites are needed.  South facing simply implies that that area of the garden get the most number of hours of sunlight.  So basically as long as your garden get some daylight.  Don't panic.  If you were able to sit and watch your plants.  You would in fact see that they follow the light around.  Now the tiers.  If you have the space.  Then leave a gap between the front tier and the veg plot.  Then slope the tiers up and back.  Like the seating arrangement at a stadium.  I can't really see you have much of a problem.  In fact it's a good way of utilising what space you have.


All the best.

12/02/2014 at 09:07
Hi mike

Thank you for the detailed reply!
I guess I was worried my veggies may not get enough daylight but it may be over kill with lights.

Will see how I get on and feed back on here.
12/02/2014 at 09:14

Hi, don't worry about your veggies - they'll be find - in the summer the sun is higher in the sky and - they'll get plenty of light.  I've grown veggies in a north-facing back yard in the past 

12/02/2014 at 10:20
That's good to know thank u very much. I have never done this before before and I am really really excited! I am making the planters my self and was looking looking at doing a Diy irrigation system. My home already has a water butt and was either going to use a sub water pump in the water butt to pump water around or just do something like this:

I hopefully want want a number of tiered boxes, but guess the link to the above method would mean watering would not have to be done that often, and cheaper than a pump fed drip feed system?

Again any any advice appreciated!
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