Quick Start Guide
What you’ll need:
- Happy Leaf LED grow light or Garden in a Box kit
- Water and watering can or other water container
- Jar(s) w/cover, e.g., black sock, or use opaque jars
Placing Your Light
The versatility of Happy Leaf lights means you can grow in places you never imagined before, such as a closet or a garage.
Yes, you can set the light near a window , but that’s entirely optional.
The efficiency of vertical farming is very appealing. A baker’s rack is a great place to set up for growing indoors.
The space for growing should allow enough room for the mature plant height and the jar. For lettuce, that’s about 14”, plus approximately 10-12” for the space above the plant and the light.
A standard electric outlet should be within reach.
Optimal room temperature range is 65-75 degrees
About Passive Hydroponics
Passive hydroponics is a highly efficient gardening method developed by Dr. Bernard Kratky. One of the many advantages of his prized technique is that you do not need complicated pumps or motors. Passive Hydroponics is the simplest method for growing your indoor garden.
Here is a brief tutorial on how to start growing using the Kratky method.
To set up your lights
Securely insert the barrel connector from the power supply (A) into the connection port (B) on the light housing. Then, being careful to point the light away from your eyes, plug the power supply into a 120-volt outlet. You may choose to use a timer between the power supply and the outlet.
Screw the two included eyebolts into the nuts in the channel at the top of the light housing. Firmly tighten the eyebolts once in the desired location
Note that raising the height of the light will expand its coverage area but lower the light levels to the plants.
To optimize your results, carefully observe how your plants are growing and adjust the height of your lights accordingly.
|17″ Light||33″ Light|
|Example Crop||Hanging height above plant canapy||Coverage area|
|Microgreens, Seed starting||18″||20″ X 24″||36″ X 24″|
|Lettuce, Leafy Greens, Herbs Vegetative plants||12″||20″ X 18″||36″ X 18″|
|Flowering plants||6″||20 X 12″||36″ X 12″|