Tips for gardeners new to growing transplants
News from Great Bend Tribune:

With the warmer weather this past week, my thoughts turned to spring and the upcoming growing season. Right now, you can get a head start on your garden by planting frost-susceptible vegetables indoors. The seedlings can then be transplanted into the garden when weather permits.
The benefits to this are that vegetables which take longer to grow such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants will be ready to harvest sooner. This will extend your harvest season. Cool-season crops such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli will be ready to pick before the hot weather arrives. Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension Horticulture specialist has given us a few tips this week to help make sure your plants get the start they need for a successful growing season to come.
* Use fluorescent lamps, not incandescent bulbs. Often a south-facing window does not provide enough light to grow strong transplants and therefore supplemental lighting is helpful. Fluorescent lights produce much less heat than incandescent bulbs. This allows fluorescent lamps to be placed very close to the plants (2 to 4 inches) increasing the amount of light received. Also, T-8 fixtures and lights require less electricity and produce more light than the old T-12 types. Additional lig…………… continues on Great Bend Tribune

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Incandescent 40, 60 watt bulbs turned off
News from Parkersburg News:

PARKERSBURG – With the creation and importation of most common types of incandescent light bulbs banned as of Jan. 1, people nationwide have been facing life without the incandescent bulb, officials say.

The banning of 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulb manufacturing and importation is the final step in America’s participation in a worldwide effort to ban these energy-inefficient light bulbs, said Jeff Herholdt, director of the West Virginia Division of Energy.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 began preparing America for the phasing-out of incandescent light bulbs over the following seven years, according to information provided on the United States government’s website:

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Photo by Gretchen Richards.
Displays at Lowe’s in Vienna offer residents many types of light bulbs, but future manufacturing and importing of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs has been banned by the federal government.

On Jan. 1, 2012, incandescent bulbs with wattages of 100 or above were no longer allowed to be imported or manufactured…………… continues on Parkersburg News

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