questionswhat is the best grow light for the money?


basil? Is that what the kids are calling it these days?



I recently moved to El Paso, and it freezes here too often. I bought a rosemary tree, and it died from over watering/no light. I would love to have an herb garden here, but I think all I'm going to get is pot jokes. Ah well.


@eghazali: Sorry, couldn't resist.
My girlfriend has this,,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=530&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=4793921704174634042&sa=X&ei=Uvf_TqK8GYOgtweO54zQBg&sqi=2&ved=0CHcQ8wIwAg
It's super easy and compact, and doesn't make it look like you are starting a grow house. I see them frequently at yard sales and thrift shops, very inexpensively priced, usually under $20. Too small for rosemary, IMO, though, but she gets enough basil to do pesto, and also has some thyme, rosemary and spearmint. If you want new, you are better off researching and building your own. The lamp will be your big expense, as I am sure you know.


The bulb in almost every grow light system is a full spectrum florescent bulb - either the long tube, the folded long tube, or one of the new "swirly" bulbs. The bulb in the AeroGarden is the same bulb that is in my reading lamp!

The easiest way, if you don't already have a florescent reading lamp, is to buy a full spectrum bulb:
and use an old lamp base.


I haven't had any luck bringing herbs and whatnot inside, either. At the moment, the strawberry plants are doing okay but I'm pretty sure they will need a grow light, too. I'll be interested in reading everyone's suggestions.

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I've had the money under every kind of light and it still doesn't grow. YMMV.