Seed-Starting Success Will Be Mine! SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden

by Genevieve on April 12, 2011

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***SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden giveaway below; a $299 value!*** EDIT: Tropaeolum won! Congrats, and enjoy your new SonnyLight LED!

I haven’t had the best of luck with seed-starting in the past. Actually, let me rephrase that. I am a seed-starting loser. Before now, every attempt at seed-starting has resulted in most of my seeds not coming up, seedlings leggy and leaning pitifully toward the window, and soil everywhere from kittens frolicking through my seed trays.

This year is going to be different, people. With the help of my mom’s kitten-free apartment and the SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden grow lights, I have actually sprouted seeds! They’re robust little things with a lovely fresh green color, and best of all, I’m even feeling confident enough to try my Holy Grail of seeds, Alpine strawberries!

I started my seedling adventure by filling my trays with vermicompost/ worm castings (Worm Power brand) mixed with potting soil to make a seed-starting mix (vermicompost is supposed to be good for preventing damping-off in seedlings, as well as holding moisture). Then, I added some Renee’s Garden seeds (the easy-to-grow cherry tomato mix with orange Sungolds, red Supersweet 100s, and some cute yellow ones), Profuma di Genova basil, and Alpine strawberries:

Then, I went inside, plugged in the fancypants SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden light that Wicked Bugs author Amy Stewart was kind enough to lend me, and got rolling!

The SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden is very eco-friendly, because even being on for most of the day, it uses only $11 of electricity per year and runs on a mere 15 watts. Those are good stats for a light bulb, much less a grow light panel that is imitating the sunshine for your plants. It even beats the energy usage for compact fluorescents, and because LED lights last longer and are made of non-toxic materials (no lead!), they’re much, much better for the environment then CFLs.

The SonnyLight doesn’t get hot, so it’s safe to leave on, and it’s completely automated. You just select the conditions for what you’re trying to grow, and the phase of life your plant is in, set the timer, and it comes off and on for you each day with just the right colors and wavelengths of light for the life stage the plants are in.

It fits the standard 10″ by 20″ nursery tray, so I just popped in my seed-warming mat, put my tray of seedlings in, set it, and it’s been doing its thing. And a week later, I have actual live plants!!! I haven’t screwed it up!

I can’t even say how much fun this has been for me. Getting to choose from all the bazillions of seed varieties out there and feel confident that I can grow any ones I want? It feels amazing.

Want to try out the SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden for yourself?

SonnyLight has generously offered to give an LED Kitchen Garden away to one lucky reader! This is a crazy-cool giveaway. It’s a really exceptional growing setup, with a value of $299.

All you have to do is leave a comment to win, and I’ll select the winner randomly on Tuesday the 19th.

Good luck!

Tropaeolum won! Congrats, girlfriend. We’ve dropped you an email so we can find out where to mail your new SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden. Have fun!

{ 191 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemary Moulton April 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

I’ve been dying to buy one of these. Please let me be the winner!

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Julia April 12, 2011 at 5:50 am

Oh my! Oh my! This is crazy-cool!

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Sarah S. April 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

I’m growing the same basil and tomato plants!! Please enter me in the contest, I’d love to take this into my classroom for the gardening club!

Sarah

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Cuthbert Collingwood April 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

Oh gosh and golly! I have just closed the front door on my closest three neighbors — Cheshire Cat, March Hare and the “mad as a” Hatter. All three beg to inform Genevieve that it is “quicksilver”, or more prosaically Mercury, lurking about in those CFLs. I’m afraid both March Hare and the Hatter were both dreadully embarrased as they kept wiggling their toes and staring at the floor. I told them not to worry and to get back to cupcake production. The Cheshire Cat, as per usual, just sat there and grinned. I have most often been right when taking the advice of fictional characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland about modern “techy” stuff.

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Barbara Novak April 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

I spent some dark winter evenings lusting over one of those grow lights. It would save my sanity next winter. Thanks.

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Loree / danger garden April 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

“I am a seed-starting loser”….me too! I would love the opportunity to experience success!

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Cindy Storrs April 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

WOW! This would be a great to have, as my garden is just getting landscaped and I’ll be planting veggies in my raised beds.

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Kaybee April 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

I get so excited looking at seed packets but never do well with getting them to grow . . .is this the “miracle” tool that will turn my thumb green??? wishing wishing wishing!

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Laura D. April 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

Starting seeds for the first time ever this year! Trying to get my container garden off to a good start and would love the SonnyLight giveaway! Thank you for offering the contest.

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Katie E-P April 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

Oh my! I would love one of these! I have the same problem with seed starting!

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patricia April 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

I have a large seed starting stand that I have been using for about 20 years. I would love to give one like you have to my daughter. Seed starting is not only efficient, but also fun. Her kids would love to start seeds and watch them grow.

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Leslie April 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

I wonder, with the similar success I have with seeds, if I am also a loser. It would be great to have a new plan with a new toy!

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Susan in the Pink Hat April 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Sign me up! I wanted to compare their light to my T5 fixture to compare plant growth. I wish they made a 4 ft. long one, though, to cover the length of my shelf. I think being able to change the light emitted for different growing phases is really fascinating. Maybe this could solve many of my orchid problems.

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Sarah Zwissler April 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

I have a whole tray of leggy, pathetic looking seedlings right now. I would love a light set up like that! Please enter me in the contest!

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Vicky April 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’ve lusted after a grow light for a while now. I’d love to try one. My previous attempts at seed starting were mixed at best. The seeds sprouted, but since the light was coming from a window and not a grow light, the seedlings were pretty leggy. Only a few survived transplanting into the garden.

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Jessica April 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

Awesome! My withered and sun-starved seedlings would love one of those.

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Kaveh April 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

Sign me up. Growing plants from seed is one of my favorite things to do!

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Dot April 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hmmm – LED seed starting light?! Being off-grid, energy use is a major concern, and starting seeds outdoors is not an option here (on Hwy 36, at 2500′) this particular spring with more snow predicted for today (again!!). My greenhouse window produces insanely leggy and weak starts, and I know when it dries out enough to till the garden the weather will go directly into hot summer. Sign me up!
(happily, herbs, onions, garlic and overwintering cauliflower, cabbage, & kale keep me from too many Plant-a-holic withdrawal issues…)

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Benjamin Harris April 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

Don’t be afraid to start seeds – they want to grow! My wife and I built a small greenhouse a few years ago, and at this moment, it’s full of a few hundred veggie seedlings. Gotta keep close watch on watering and monitor temperatures as best as possible: We put in a ventilation system for the sunny days, of which we have many in northern New Mexico, and we have a small space heater for the nights, which can be quite cool – not much above freezing here in April. (At 7000 feet and a chilly Zone 5, we don’t dare put anything out before June 1, though this year we plan to push the envelope a bit by using row cover over hoops [1/2" PVC] over raised beds.) We’re using Sunshine brand starting mix, and it seems to be one of the best we’ve tried.

In the next couple of weeks, I intend to try some of that mix with worm castings (as you say, it’s good stuff!) added in order to test the new soil blockers we’ve added to our inventory of tools. Gotta send off for some Tepary beans, too: I’ve read that they’ll produce beans even if they only receive one rainfall in the growing season. Sounds apocryphal, but who knows? Not a worry in your neck of the woods, but we’ve been dealing with drought conditions here, and a talented plant like that will be highly valued.

This year, I’m also trying to start some native perennials using peat balls in trays with plastic domes, purchased at Walmart but available many places. The seeds are from Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe, a really fun place. Gave up the domes after a bit: These plants lean toward the xeric end of the scale, and the domes kept them too wet, I think. So far, I have many little green shoots coming up, with only a couple of disappointments: The Rocky Mountain Bee Plant isn’t doing anything yet, and I’d really like to have them for my bees. Ditto for the Purple Prairie Clover – but I’ll give them more time ’cause it’s still early in the season.

Btw, thanks for a delightful blog. It’s a great pleasure. Loved the recent book reviews: very helpful!

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Karen April 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

Wow, that’s a very generous giveaway. Please do enter me for it, and thank you (and SonnyLight) for offering it!

Good luck with the Alpine strawberries–I’ll be interested to see how that goes.

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Jacqueline M. Bolin April 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would LOVE one of these! I would start my Kitchen Garden, with your YUMMY suggestions of Tri-color Cherry Tomatoes and Alpine Strawberries, as well as some fresh Herbs to use in my cooking. I live in an apartment and do not have the luxury of an outdoor garden, how “crazy-cool” would it be to have a garden in my Kitchen!! I do have a friend with a small garden, who also does not have any luck with seed-starting. If I win this light, and “start” some seeds for her… who knows…? She may even give me my own section!!!

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Norix April 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I would love to give it a try. It’s so exciting to see the seeds grow. I am always trying with not much success.

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mom taxi julie April 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I just got into doing seeds! This would be such an awesome thing to work with :)

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Jenifer April 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I am in desperate need of an indoor garden! I hope I win~

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Kylee from Our Little Acre April 13, 2011 at 6:03 am

Ohhhhh…I’ve wanted one of these ever since I saw them at IGC! How great to be able to grow veggies in the dead of winter!

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Emily April 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

Hi!
I’m so happy to see you have this giveaway, I’ve started my seeds indoors and I currently have a 60W Ikea lamp with a $5 grow bulb from Amazon that I rotate between my plants! I’ll be moving my plants out to my balcony soon and a “real” seed lamp would really give them the best start and it would be great to continue growing stuff throughout the year indoors once it gets too cold. Thanks for all of the advice you give on this blog it’s really helped me get into gardening!

Emily

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anotherkindofdrew April 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

Fancypants, indeed. I have seen these on other sites and it would be amazing to win one. Thank you for the video on the product. Finally something more than a few pics.

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Nicky @dirtandmartinis April 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

It would pretty much make my year if I won that fancy seed starting setup. :)

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Jessica L. April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Love this! Very very cool, and looks great. No more rigged up lighting system!

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Alison April 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

Hope you have success with your seed starting! I’d love to win this light set-up!

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Jacob April 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I would love to see how this gadget could revolutionize my seed starting effort. Please drop my name in the hat. Thanks!

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Andrea April 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

Fingers are crossed! This would be perfect for my nearly windowless miniature house where we are desperate to grow more.

Happy spring gardening everyone!

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Laura Wiser April 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Probably the coolest grow lamp I ever seen- and I have tried quite a few.

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Heather's Garden April 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My seedlings are all leaning drunkenly towards the one window in my house that’s sort of southern exposure. I desperately need this light!

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Mariah McNail April 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Oh, I want one!

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Vegetable Garden Cook April 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Neat! Thanks for the opportunity.

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dheckert (Scholar's Garden) April 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Ooh, Oooh, Oooooh! I would love to have one of these! You should see how tall and straggly my tomato plants are. This would be great.

Thanks for running the contest!

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karenleigh April 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Wow! I’d love to have one!

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Wendy April 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for putting together this give away. I too have had less than impressive results with seed starting, but I keep trying. Maybe LEDs are the key.

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Frank April 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I have not had much luck starting my own either. This would be a big help. Thanks for offering this give away.

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David April 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I hope I’m not too late to enter- but even more I hope I win! Pick me!

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Kristine April 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I am itching to get out in the garden more! What a cool set up. Thanks!

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Kim April 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

What a fantastic prize. I would be able to grow plants in my sunless bedroom if I had one of these.

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esp April 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Ooohhhh….grow light envy.

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Van Schilperoort April 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Way cool! Would love to try these LEDs out. What a great way to reduce energy costs.

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Daphne April 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Oh wow! What a fabulous giveaway! I have pretty good luck with seeds but this would be a whole ‘nother level…please enter me in the giveaway!

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Matt Hermenau April 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I remember reading about this. I would love one of these to grow some long season plants like luffas and some succulents during the winter.

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Jessica April 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Drool! I love this – please pick me!!!

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Robin April 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I would love a chance to get my seeds started under lights that don’t drain the energy budget. Sign me up, please!

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Robyn R. April 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’ve been planning on getting a grow light, but just haven’t found the perfect one yet!

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Ali April 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

That is the king of gardening gadgetry! I wonder sometimes if the energy use is worth starting seeds early, but that would take away the guilt!

http://groceriesgardenanddinner.blogspot.com/

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Marc N April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This looks great! Love that it doesn’t use that much electricity.

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Jane / MulchMaid April 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

This is an amazing and perfect idea! I use a standard 4′ two-bulb flourescent fixture for a grow light, but I notice the difference in my electric bill anyway. Saving energy and money – what’s to argue with there? I hope I win!

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anne April 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I live in Oregon…..Must…find….sun…..or a SonnyLight!

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Ali April 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

How awesome! I would love to try this – I’ve had a problem with lots of leggy seedlings with my current setup. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Heather Mead April 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

My seedlings are so sad and leggy right now…the rain’s keeping me from putting them out on the fire escape to get some better light. I would absolutely love this!! Thank you for offering it!

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blmarsha April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Fantastic! Very nice looking grow light. Would love to set one up in the laundry room, away from prying paws.

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Heidi April 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This is like the TIVO of grow lights. I’d love to try it! I have to babysit my seedlings and rotate them through the light.

Also…I would like to put a good word in for seedling heat mats. They make a big difference in germination success.

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Brad Graham April 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Put my name in the hat.

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Nancy Plansy April 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I could really use this lamp to get a jumpstart on the season for my veggies. I want to grow my own vegetables so I can continue to lose weight and be in great shape to garden.

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Danielle April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I really want one of these!

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Jenny April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’m so glad to hear you are a “seed starting loser.” I am so with you! I think it was Garden Rant who said, “Starting seeds is like raising someone else’s cranky, ungrateful children.” Sigh. My lights died this year, as did the heat mat. Stuck the seeds outside- terrier played in them, armadillo knocked them over. Good thing our farmer’s markets open up this weekend!

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Anjali April 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Wow! What a great giveaway!

(Is the contest open to Canadian entrants?….being further North means less light through our windows and a greater need for grow lights!! )

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jayne April 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I would love to have this for my seed starting!! Looks so very cool and love that it saves on electricity too.

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Kathy Harrington April 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I rarely start seeds because I have no sunny windows. I would love one of these lights!

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Mark F April 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

SonyLight, earn some great PR and give one of these to everyone who leaves a comment. This unit looks fabulous. Any way to scale it up for growing more than one flat?

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cynthia lovan April 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I live in an ugly part of Brooklyn and don’t have a yard. I would really like to grow some greeny stuff to eat.

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Billie Jo April 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Me, me! Pick me!

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Alecia April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

My 40th birthday will be here in June, and I’ve decided my ‘mid-life crisis’ is giong to be trying my hand at gardening – this grow light would be the perfect start to my crisis!!

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Caroline April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

How cool is THAT? Lettuce and cilantro go to seed in mid-spring in our hot Central Texas climate, but I could grow them year round with one of those!

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Shane T. April 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

This is very cool. I can’t start seeds near my windows because of the temperature fluctuation. Would love to have this sitting on one end of my desk!

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Marie April 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

LEDs! How cool! (No pun intended!)

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anne April 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I’m a seed starting loser too…maybe the light would change my life, I hope to give it a try!

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MSHDfred April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I found a fluorescent desk lamp for $2 in a thrift store a couple of years ago, and I’ve tried clamping on a “full-spectrum” bulb to the gooseneck. Mixed results: After growing three or four inches long, some of the tomatoes have gone almost bushy and look like they’ll survive. Broccoli’s okay, but kale looks sad. Would a REAL FULL-SPECTRUM light help?

I’d like to hear more about alpine strawberries from seed. I started some last week, a little late for here. I bought a plant, too, just to show the seeds an adult role model. No sign yet.

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Regina April 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’m in need of this. I can’t seem to start from seeds. Help me! Please!

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meemsnyc April 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

$11 a year to run it? That is totally awesome. I want one!

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Jessica April 14, 2011 at 3:07 am

I too am a seed-starting loser. I just wait until it’s warm & sunny enough outside to directly sow the seeds. I would love to try again with such an energy responsible grow light!!

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Amanda April 14, 2011 at 3:53 am

I’d love to win one! Esp. up here in cold New England, where it’s not spring yet.

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Mickie Flores April 14, 2011 at 4:06 am

I have been killing seedling for thirty years – please help me.

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Julie P April 14, 2011 at 4:07 am

It would be so nice to have one of these…instead of using the ultra-retro retractable ceiling light in the middle of my kitchen. (oh wait, it’s not retro…it’s the original that was installed in 1960, along with the red Frigidaire wall oven and fridge!)
Regardless, please enter me for the grow lights!

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gsdraiss April 14, 2011 at 4:09 am

would love to have this item to grow herbs all winter long

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MarciBeth April 14, 2011 at 4:11 am

Starting seeds with a stylish light? Nice to have something in the house that doesn’t look like it belongs in a commercial greenhouse.

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Martha April 14, 2011 at 4:19 am

I’d love to win this light and my little leggy seedlings would love it too!

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margaret April 14, 2011 at 4:26 am

Wow, this light is gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Chuck Harris April 14, 2011 at 4:46 am

I’m pleased to have discovered the Garden Rant and related sites and appreciate all the information. I could also make good use of this fancy grow light.

Chuck

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Kristi April 14, 2011 at 4:46 am

This would be an amazing addition to my seed starting. Wishing you luck on yours!

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kate April 14, 2011 at 4:51 am

what a totally awesometown giveaway! thanks so much for the chance!

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Patti Race April 14, 2011 at 5:17 am

I’ve got to try for this one, it looks way too cool! Can’t win if you don’t play.

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Rachel H. April 14, 2011 at 5:26 am

I would absolutely love to have this!

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TL Salinas April 14, 2011 at 5:56 am

What a great contest. I’d make excellent use of this grow light. Thanks!

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SRG April 14, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh how very exciting!!! I would love to experience seed starting success!!!! What a great contest!

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CINDY BUTTERWORTH April 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

I NEED one of these!

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Bryan Daugherty April 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

Love the website! Ill make sure to share your contest with some of my consumers!

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Tanya Souther April 14, 2011 at 6:08 am

I LOVE too grow and try new heirloom seed this would me aBIG BIG help

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Cathy April 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

I too, have never had luck with starting seeds. Glad you had success with this awesome light, and I hope I’ll win it and be equally amazed!

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Jackie April 14, 2011 at 6:24 am

I would love to see how an led light did with my seeds. I have a hard time getting everything going and that would be a great help!!!

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Mud April 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

I’ve been wanting to get into starting seeds indoors. But I haven’t done it specifically because I don’t want leggy window seedlings. Well, that and the cats.

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Melanie Tyler April 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

This is my second year at trying to grow an organic garden for my daughter. She has Stage IV Breast Cancer that has metastasized to her lungs.Her doctor told me that one thing that would really help her would be to help her eat organic foods… so that has been my mission. My garden last year was a minor success, I had real problems with my seedlings. I believe this light would be a tremendous help for me in my effort to keep my daughter as healthy as possible. I would love to win this! My fingers and toes and strands of hair are crossed!

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Lydia Gray April 14, 2011 at 6:34 am

Wow, I too am a seed starter failure! hahaha. This could definitely help! :)
Thanks for the chance!!

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Tracey Z April 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

Would love to win this giveaway! :)

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Dave April 14, 2011 at 6:40 am

I’d sure put this to good use!

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amber stawicki April 14, 2011 at 6:40 am

I would love to win this seed starting SonnyLight! I too am like you and have a hard time starting seeds! Thanks!

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tropaeolum April 14, 2011 at 6:42 am

OOH! I so want one of these!

I just started my veggie seeds yesterday–last frost date is Memorial Day weekend–and will start my flowers next week. I don’t have any grow lights, so here’s hoping the south-facing window will be enough.

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debbie hamilton April 14, 2011 at 6:45 am

I have always wanted to get on…wanted to know if work well and how much for plants you order.

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Kris April 14, 2011 at 6:45 am

Oh I would love to use one of these. I am new to gardening this year and only part of the things I planted have sprouted. This would be a great way to make sure my garden is able to go to it’s fullest.

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Kelly O'Keefe April 14, 2011 at 6:48 am

Looks great! I’ve been using the sunny window method and getting only 50% germination rate. I’d love to step up to modernity!

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Becky April 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

It sounds like a wonderful system. I would love to have one.

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Casey Krohn April 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

What a great idea! As a gardener of the heart & soil, I would be lovin’ this fantastic starter. namaste, casey

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Joycical April 14, 2011 at 6:57 am

I would love to have a LED grow light!! Thanks for the contest!

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Carolyn Picard April 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

I’ve been a avid gardener for the past six years and I enjoy reading and exchanging information about it! Please Enter me into the contest.. this would SOOOooooOOO give us a head start of our seeds down here, and with the unusally cold winters we are always late getting our seeds in the ground! Thanks again.. I’m enjoying your posts!

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Shannon criscola April 14, 2011 at 7:05 am

Looks great, I’d love one.

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Jessica April 14, 2011 at 7:14 am

Holy cow, what a giveaway! I’d love to own one of those!

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Cindy Shipp April 14, 2011 at 7:15 am

This would be fantastic for a donation to my sons school. The school has a science and nature class that does quite a bit of unfortunately indoor growing since budget cuts. I think would be a great science project too for seed vs natural light. Thanks for th offer!

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kimberly walch April 14, 2011 at 7:19 am

What a great set up! I love growing plants from seed! This would make it even easier.

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Susanna ashton April 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

I’d Love an opportunity to try this out! It’s rather handsome too, as these things go.

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Paig April 14, 2011 at 7:22 am

Ooooh. I’ve been dying for one of these. Thanks for hosting this!

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Laura Henriott April 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

I have a huge garden every year but like you my seed starting is an aweful experience. Willing them to grow and live. I lose a third of the seeds within the first couple weeks and then another third before I get them in the ground. UGH! SO frustrating, and expensive. I also love fresh Basil year round but it is Way to expensive to buy. The Sonny light would be so great to have! Thanks

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Cheryl April 14, 2011 at 7:31 am

I’d LOVE to try this!! I’m so ADD that I go off and forget to keep the seeds damp enough.. pretty much a failure unless I just scatter the seeds outside and let Mother Nature tend to them.

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Hugh April 14, 2011 at 7:36 am

I love to garden, lot a loser, but starting seeds and gardening with CP has its challanges so would love to add this to my 3 season gardening activity.

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Laura Bell April 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

I’m a seed-starting loser, too ! This would be so wonderful to have … and I could even use my first batch of vermicompost for starter. Ah ! I’m having dreams of not killing those tender little plants – maybe I CAN be a seed-starting success !

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Lynne Wiley April 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

Never saw one of these before. What a wonderful system! Could seriously be a great help to getting the garden started in a very economical way.

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Stella April 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

Would love to win this, never had much luck starting plants but continue to try… :(

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Karen April 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

Awesome LED
Brings life into my kitchen
My soul sprouts new growth

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Chris April 14, 2011 at 8:06 am

Count me in!

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Adetoun Sanders April 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

I really really really would love to win this!!!! It would make my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed. Thaks!!

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mandy carrasco April 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

what a generous company! i, too, feel your kitten destruction pain… my little seedkings also had to suffer the rath of a forgetful house-sitter. i stopped doing laundry for nearly a month during the seed planting stage- the top of the washer/dryer makes a perfect work surface, there’s a door to keep out fuzzbabies and rugrats (assuming husbands don’t forget to close it) and the broom’s in there…i’m a little clumsy when it comes to scooping out seed starter.

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Bev Gebbia April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

I am pleased to say I don’t have trouble starting seeds. I start all of my seeds for my garden but the Sonny light would probably make it easier and I would love to have the Sonny light for fresh herbs in my kitchen for cooking/canning of all of the wonderful produce from my garden. I would be in heaven if I won the Sonny light. PLEASE PICK ME!

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ellie holden April 14, 2011 at 8:16 am

Oh! I SOOO need to win this! :)

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Leslie April 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’ve successfully grown Alpine Strawberries from seed. I had read somewhere that they appreciated a cold treatment, so after sowing them in damp seed mix in several 6-packs, I stuck them into a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for 6 weeks. When I warmed them up again, they all germinated within the week.

And yes, I’d love to win an LED light!!

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Fredrica April 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

Oh, I’ve been wanting a grow light. I’ve got my seeds started, but no sunny window & the wind blows too hard not to blow my little babies away when I place them outside. This would be wonderful! Thank you for the chance.

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Dale LaBelle April 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! How cool!

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Y. Lee April 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

I would love to start my seeds indoors this year.

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Joyce April 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

I always ask myself “how hard can it be to start a seed?” Mine sprout and then become Jack’s beanstalk before the second set of leaves set in. After a long hiatis I’m trying again — and I have beanstalks! I would love to have this light!

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Ramble on Rose April 14, 2011 at 9:02 am

I need one!! Count me in!

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Sarah Schoenberg April 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

SWEEET! I like Arcata. The clinic in town SAVED my life during a Kidney infection on my road trip {I’m from Washington, thought it was a backache} I got to spend some time on my friend Rose’s couch and enjoy Arcata from her small home. Good time:) Oh, and can’t forget the Finnish Hot Tub night on the Harvest moon!!! :) LOVE!

Oh yeah, the contest, it would be really cool to have this, I live in an apartment right now and need a small garden :) Cheers to everyone!!

sarah_schoenberg@yahoo.com

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Ruth April 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

My poor little weak seedlings NEED this light … pick me PLEASE!!

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Carol Freeman April 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

please pick me.

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Maude3000 April 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

That light is so sleek looking. I would put it in the living room instead of hiding it down the basement. I cannot make it through another winter in MN without something green!

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Debbie April 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wow! A lot of people want to win this, and I can see why. It looks great, and that was a very nice video, even though we can only see Gen in profile. Count me in. Somebody has to win, and I think seed starting is one of the most exciting thins in life. What does that say about my life?

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Heather April 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

That’s a pretty cool device! It would save so much space over my typical setup of utility shelves and shop lights.

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Ryan Miller April 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

me me me! I’ve figured out how to start seeds outdoors in the winter, how about indoors in the summer?

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Jeri Walker April 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

This sounds too good to be true! No more leggy nastrutiums!

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elizabeth April 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Me, Me! I want one. :)

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Tessa April 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

I would love to win this for a gift for my Mom :)

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LisaAnn April 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

This would be great to have!

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Brian Cooper April 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’d love to be able to upgrade to an energy efficient LED system. The color spectrum changes is a great idea.

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Debbie Howard April 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am a newbie to seedlings. I started seeds in the house last year in front of the window. I also ended up with no shows, leggings and the cat in my seeds. I was so frustrated. I didn’t want to spend alot of money on a grow light so I decided not to do indoor seeds again.

Then this spring I decided to try one more time but I hooked up a small shop light I already had to see if it would work. I have been moving my seeds trays all over the house where the sun was most exposed and on cloudy days turning on the shop light. I don’t know if it will work since it doesn’t seem to put out much light.

I would love to win this as I have already decided if my seedlings didn’t work this year I just wouldn’t bother with it anymore.

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Dan Broockmann April 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

Nifty device. Compensating for the wavelengths through the life-cycle of the plant. I’m interested in how it does this for sure.

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Peter Hoh April 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

I’ll toss my name in, too. I’d love to use a grow light like this.

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Alison April 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’ve had the worst luck with starting seeds indoors. These lights look awesome!

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Miranda April 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

Neat! I’d love one of these.

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Niko April 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Let the 150th comment be the lucky one! I am a sad seed-killer!

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Cheryl Dodson April 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Would LOVE to win this!!!

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Matt Ess April 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I had a little bit of success with fluorescents in my basement (away from dangerous kitty paws), but it’s no substitute for that glowing orb in the sky. I’m curious about the LED lights, being a fan of the high-cost but low-energy consumption technology.

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John April 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

What a very cool light.

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Denise April 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I have the worst luck with gardening. Between the hot desert and the wind I don’t have much of a chance. I am trying to grow a big garden and try my hand at canning. With 14 people in the house, I think it would be very economical. But I need to get off to a good start.

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Peter April 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I love plants!!!!!!!!!

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Sheila April 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

This is a fantastic contest! I would be one happy girl if I won but will be so happy for someone else if I don’t. :)

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Shelene Wilhelm April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I would LOVE to have one of these. Our family of 8 is excited to garden as a family and preserve what we grow as well. This would be a welcome addition to our home and our homeschooling projects. :)
Shelene
Cheyenne, WY

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Patricia Tryon April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

In the past, I’ve failed ignominiously at starting seeds. I’d love a reason to try again!

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Ingrid April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Wow, that is one awesome LED kitchen garden – would be wonderful in MY kitchen. :)

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Daryl April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

$11/ year? I probably spend that much every month with the shop lights, and I thought they were cheap compared to the grow lights. Sounds like a great gadget.

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Richard D. Simmons April 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

This has got to be a better way! Why, because all of my windows are tinted and let in very little benificial sunlight. Right Spectrum, Right Set-up, Right Now, Right On SonnyLight!

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yolana April 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I must admit that I’m seriously wanting that light now. I love starting seeds but I’m limited due to having only a few spaces in the house with enough light to do it without the seedlings getting all leggy.

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Melissa April 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I would love to try one of these. I’ve been having the leggy and falling over problem myself. :( I definitely feel like a cool light like this might solve the problem.

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william April 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I’m seriously in need of lights for my seeds right now. Got a cuple fluorescent shop lights setup but it’s not doing the job.

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Karen King April 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

My baby plants are cold outside in the greenhouse. Would love to try this out and get a jump start on the seeds.

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Giri April 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

I would LOVE to try out the lovely light system…add me in

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Rich April 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Looking forward to receiving the SonnyLight LED Kitchen Garden!

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Benjamin Vogt April 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Well, as entry #270, it doesn’t seem likely I’ll win, but I just started growing from seed this year witha heat mat, some 100 plants, with no grow light. This’d be sweet–time to expand my 2,000 foot garden.

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Gregory Blount April 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Great little unit. I need one of these for the early kitchen garden.

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Rochelle April 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Lucky random generator finger cross!! rXr

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Sean Starr April 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Yeah, I need me one of these!

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Catherine April 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Would love to have this in my room. You should see the get-up I have set up now! I gave up the corporate world to do what I love – organic farming. It’s been wonderful but a struggle financially, especially for specialty luxuries like this.
Happy gardening to all!

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Siobhan April 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

This is just what I need for my condo herb/veggie garden. My seedling lean pathetically too, and now I know why!

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Michelle April 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’m new to seed starting and would love the help of this fancy tool!

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Amanda April 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Count me in. :) P.S. Love the purple garden tub. I couldn’t resist that color.

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shelley April 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

Winning this would mean so, so much to the community garden/urban farm, hillsidevictorygarden.org, I volunteer with!

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Jennifer April 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

This is the perfect size for a home gardener! I’d love to have one!!

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Deanna Beeler April 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

Oooh – seedlings don’t get enough light in my big dining room window!

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Sherri April 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

I would love to try peppers in my kitchen in the winter…….add my name to the draw please! Awesome site!

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Jessica April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

I would LOVE to win this! Because I am having some major issues with my seeds that are not starting really at all…and then the ones that do just fall over and die after becoming too leggy. So if I win…yay me! And if I don’t could someone send some tips my way…my seeds need help!

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Stephanie Brown April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Wow! Those sound fantastic! Last year I tried tomatoes and peppers and they were pitiful things. This year I’ve had better luck with just a plain CFL on 18 hrs. a day. LED’s would be great though! I’d love to use less energy with something that lasts longer.

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Kitty April 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

That is a great thing to have. Now we carry the trays in and out, morning and night to the carport.

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Terry April 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Oh, please let me be the winner! I am off-grid and a SonnyLight Kitchen Garden would make it guilt-free to start some seedlings! Plus, my two poor bedraggled orchids would love it in the winter!

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Melynn April 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

This would be a wonderful item to have…, I would love to have this. I have so much trouble with starting plants with seeds. This would give me a early start on my herb garden each year.

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lois April 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I would love to have one of these! My indoor plants would be so happy in the winter! Thanks for offering such a great givaway!

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Jennifer Petritz April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

I would love to try this out! Thanks for all the cool giveaways this week!

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grcg April 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This would be great for the winter lettuce and herbs! Would love to give this a try!

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Roberta April 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Yet another great giveaway! Would love to do experiments with different seeds &
cuttings! You could grow “all” kinds of interesting things incognito…. ;)
Gardening is fun!

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Genevieve April 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

LOL, Roberta – I’m not that kind of gardener!!! Despite my Humboldt County location!

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