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How to Grow Beans, Peppers and Squash Under Lights

Updated on March 5, 2012

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Beans, potatoes, and squash growing indoors under lights can it be done? I believe if the will exists to do a thing then the way to do that thing can be found. The question is just because you can do a thing is it a good idea to do that thing?

I have grown beans indoors, pole beans but only under natural light. I was fortunate enough to live in a house with a great alcove that let the sun in for most of the day; otherwise I would have had to use artificial lighting in order to get a crop.

There are great grow lights out there, but the best ones are not cheap, at least, not yet, so is it worth it from a dollars and cents perspective to grow vegetables indoors under lights? The answer here is not a simple yes or no; you can set up a fairly expensive do-it-yourself hydroponic system and grow some of your own food, how much well that depends upon how much space you can commit to the indoor garden and whether or not you are willing and able to pay the electricity bill.

Let’s forget about the cost and examine the feasibility of growing beans, potatoes and squash indoors. It is possible to grow all three of these plants in an indoor hydroponic garden. It takes some knowledge but once you have done your research you will be able to set up a system that produces the crops you are looking for.

One of the major differences between gardening indoors and out, is that outdoors, the gardener has help from the sun and rain for example, from insects, birds and many, many small creatures that live in the soil; in fact outdoors the successful gardener builds soil and then grown plants in that soil.

Indoors, the gardener has fewer helpers and must provide the light, the food and basically satisfy all the plants’ needs.

Squash is a space hog and if you plan on adding it to the indoor garden, the garden design must take this demand into account. Trellises will work for zucchinis and smaller squashes. This way the vines will grow up and not get in the way, be sure the trellis you use is strong enough to bear the load.

Basements are an ideal space to set up the indoor garden. The artificial lights will be on for hours (16-20) at a time. Get a timer and use it to regulate lighting.

If your goal is to provide some of your own food, year round, an indoor hydroponic vegetable garden will enable you to do so. You are not likely to save any money, but you will have the satisfaction of growing your own.

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    Bob Ewing 3 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks,

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    gardener den 3 years ago from Southwestern, Pennsylvania

    Bob great hub will have to try this. Gardener Den

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    There are a number of good lighting options now available.

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    growing beans 6 years ago

    I have tried grow lights. It needs a variety of colors depending on the stage of the plant.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Earthworms are great garden helpers, thanks for dropping by.

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    Jack 6 years ago

    I do a lot of gardening outdoors but I start my seeds indoors on a south facing window. I have never done gardening under lights before. Maybe I will try it some day during the winter months. By the way great hub it lokks like I can learn from this.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    I see gardening this way, at first, to be trial and error, you learn from what you have tried and make adjustments. Thank you all for commenting.

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    Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Excellent hub. And home grown is so much fresher and better tasting than what we get at the supermarket.

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    Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

    I tried this and it didn't work for me then. I am going to be trying something else this year and see if it works.

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    Diane Ziomek 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    You are so right about having help from nature when plants are grown outdoors. I can remember going from flower to flower with a paintbrush several years ago when trying to get an orange tree to produce fruit.

    I also tried growing a few plants using hydroponics, but didn't have much success. I do much better with real soil. I would enjoy having a home with as much natural light as you have described...it would make winters much more bearable.

    Your Hubs are always a pleasure to read!

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Bob, a lot of interesting information which enables me to extent my production.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am used to the cold but will be pleased when it moves on, you are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    Great Hub. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have been surviving all this cold air well. Have a Blessed Day.

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