Newbie needs cold weather Basil advice
First time here and I pretty much only learned about hydroponics today
I live in South Africa, in the Western Cape (Cape Town) area where we have a Mediterranean climate and it is currently winter.
I have been struggling to find good pesto in the little town where I find myself at the moment and thus set about doing a bit of research on how I can plant my own Basil.
Then I realised that Basil needs a lot of sun and warm weather and that now is not the time to plant it
That is how came upon the hydroponics idea and started to read a bit about it.
I saw quite a few nice looking DIY solutions, and since I have a lot of resources here for building something myself I thought I migt give it a go.
I went to my little local nursery and picked up some Basil seeds.
Okay okay I'm getting to the point now
I have a little room that I have designated as my new 'basil room' and hydroponic playground. I have read about lights, etc, but there are still some things that I am not too sure about. Here they are:
1) I want to do this as cheap as possible and I read that I can use normal household fluorescent tubes. Just lots of them, so that's not a problem. Now I was wondering, the specialist hydroponic/plant lights - do they also produce heat? If so, do I require another heat source in my case, seeing that it is winter at the moment? Temperatures here vary between about 5°C(41°F) - 18°C(65°F) during winter. As I said I am going to do this indoors and is a bit more shielded, but would I need any extra measures to create a bit of extra heat?
2) And then my second question - would it in fact be okay to use normal fluorescent tubes? I understand that they won't be ideal, but if I use a lot of them, would it be OK to start off with?
Thanks for reading and thanks for any help/suggestions!
Last edited by fintuckyfarms; 06-11-2012 at 06:20 AM.