<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3" color="#990000">Winter doesn’t mean giving up gardening – bring it indoors </font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">(ARA) – Winter brings up bittersweet feelings for gardeners. On one hand, you reflect warmly on all that was accomplished during last year’s gardening season – be it a bumper tomato harvest or vivid memories of the color displays during each part of the growing season. On the other hand, you can’t wait to get the spade in the ground in the spring and it’s driving you crazy.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">But just because outdoor growing isn’t an option at the moment, there’s no reason you have to put your garden on the back burner. If your thumb remains perpetually green, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your gardening itch during the off season.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">While you can spend the colder months doing your homework for next year’s garden, it’s also possible to continue the physical part of gardening within the comfort of your home. Improvements to grow lights have made it easier than ever to bring your garden inside.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Once known for devouring electricity, grow lights have become more and more efficient, making indoor gardening a more realistic option. For example, SonnyLight LED grow light systems use only 15 watts per unit or about $12 per year. Product developer Leo "Sonny" Hayes noted that plants use only a small portion of the visible light spectrum, enabling him to design a light using only the necessary amount of energy needed for plants to grow. If you’re wondering what types of things you can do with an indoor garden, here are a few ideas:</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">* Start your seedlings for spring. Rather than paying for greenhouse seedlings, grow them yourself. SonnyLight provides the traditional garden flat, for easy transplanting outside once the weather warms.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">* Plant flowers to brighten up your house. Flowers can add a little extra life to dark winter days. Use them to freshen up your living space or let your children take care of them while they grow before taking them to their rooms for decoration.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">* Grow herbs for cooking. If you’re used to cooking with fresh vegetables, one way to liven up your winter meals is to use grow lights for nurturing fresh herbs. You can even spend the winter with garden-fresh tomatoes grown under these lights, and<span>  </span>you can spice up tomato-based pastas with fresh basil and oregano.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">* Take care of your exotic plants. Keep orchids and perennials that are accustomed to warmer climates happy by making sure they get enough light indoors when it can’t be provided outside. Using grow lights during the winter may allow you to experiment with more exotic species in your garden<span>  </span>anytime of the year.</p>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Indoor grow lights are ideal for avid gardeners, as it could allow them to brighten up the winter in a way that few other gifts could. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.sonnylight.com/">www.sonnylight.com</a> .</span></p></span>