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Hi, my name is Dawn and I live in the UK, in probably the wettest area in the Southwest or so it used to be. As of late the weather is truly unpredictable and most of the rain is now missing us. I have a polytunnel and a greenhouse, as well as a vegetable plot, a fruit cage with raspberries, gooseberries, red and blackcurrent bushes and a rather sad blueberry bush, a garden with a bay tree, ornamental plants, trees and shrubs, a greengage tree, damson tree and apple trees [Bramley, Grenadier and Coxes Orange Pippin], one of which I have started to multi-graft [it now has Coxes and Laxtons apples and hopefully I will add 2 more varieties next year].

My garden is located on a river that is very fast running in full spate and can be about 3.5 m deep, but can equally drop and run at 3cm deep through the summer months.

I would love to join the experiments, but I fear it is a bit late this year. Will you be running them next year?

My passion is growing food crops, using sustainable as well as modern methods. I have read about growing plants under LED lights, but have not tried it. I have used fluorescent lights to quicken germination and growth in the late winter to start plants earlier in Spring, but with the unpredictability of the weather I was wondering if anyone has any ideas/knowledge about winter production in a polytunnel or greenhouse using LED lights?

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Hello Dawn and welcome to GROW!

Your fruit selection sounds wonderful, I only have space in my little garden for strawberries.

GROW will not be running next year but it's not too late to apply to take part in the Changing Climate Mission for this year. You can find out more about the Mission here and if you would like to receive sensor(s) fill in this form.

I don't have any personal experience of growing plants in polytunnels or greenhouse using LED lights but will ask around.

Best wishes

Victoria GROW Citizen Science Facilitator

Hi Dawn,

Re: your question on growing crops all year round using lights, my Permaculture Association colleagues have recommended Eliot Coleman of Four Seasons Farm http://fourseasonfarm.com/ who does a lot of winter growing.

Happy Growing!

Victoria GROW Citizen Science Facilitator