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LED GROW LIGHT: BITTERGURKA

Grow plants indoors all year round

Don’t let winter months get in the way of gardening. Short days, long nights and cold window sills are no longer reasons for not cultivating a flourishing mix of soft herbs growing all year round.

Historically grow lamps were massive, power guzzling fluorescent tubes. Even if you had the space and could afford to run them, they were tricky beasts to get right as the amount of heat produced often damaged the plants. Now, with a little help from technology, a special LED light has been invented. The bulb consumes 90% less energy than the old fluorescents. Road tested by one of our writers, he claims to have basil, mint and chives growing all year round in his basement flat.

£35, available from Ikea. Item can be purchased in store or via their website: www.ikea.com

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