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#404: How to Successfully Grow a Garden Under Lights [Leslie Halleck]

In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

#404: How to Successfully Grow a Garden Under Lights [Leslie Halleck] In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Leslie Halleck, author of the new book, "Gardening Under Lights", about how you can successfully grow many of your favorite plants indoors.

Leslie has over 25 years of experience in horiculture and the green industry and puts that experience to work in her new book showing you how to properly grow various plant varieties indoors under grow lights.

She is going to tell us the differences between all of the light options that you have, which are the most efficient and which ones you should be using for various plants.

From there she'll touch on the care differences for plants indoor, whether or not you will experience pest and disease issues and which plants you are better off avoiding since they'll do much better outdoors during gardening season.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • Challenges gardeners face when growing under lights
  • Lighting needed to grow plants properly
  • Soil structure for plants growing indoors under lights
  • Plants that are better suited to grow outdoors as opposed to indoors under lights
  • Plant diseases and insect when gardening under lights

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About this episode's guest, Leslie Halleck

#404: How to Successfully Grow a Garden Under Lights [Leslie Halleck] Iím a Degreed & Certified Professional Horticulturist with 25 years of Green Industry experience and many more of hands on gardening. I earned my Masters of Science degree in Horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to attending MSU I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Texas (UNT), where my studies focused on botany and plant ecology. I'm a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) #30067, via ASHS, The American Society for Horticulture Science. I've worked and published on post-impact vegetative research for both The University of North Texas and The University of Puerto Rico. Yes, I got to live in the jungle! Iíve traveled the world studying rainforests and formal gardens alike.

I began my career in Horticulture in 1992, where I worked at and helped run a retail plant nursery and also operated my own small gardening business. In December of 1998 I began my position at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (DABS). As Curator of Plants, and then Director of Horticulture Research, my specific activities included the creation of their nationally recognized plant trials program and gardens, design and plant selection for all the display gardens, plant collections management, teaching, and website development. In 2001, I was selected as an All-American Selections Judge and established an official AAS test garden at the Arboretum. I maintained a joint appointment with Texas A&M University. Two important projects that resulted from this cooperative effort are the Benny J. Simpson Texas Native Trees and Texas Native Shrubs websites.

I launched Halleck Horticultural in 2000, an independent business through which I now provide consulting services to green industry businesses. After making the decision to move on from the Arboretum in 2003, I spent two years editing and producing an organic gardening magazine, website and forum and working with Roundtree Landscaping in Dallas. In January of 2005 I accepted the position of General Manager for North Haven Gardens, an innovative independent garden center in Dallas, Texas where I spent 8 years managing all aspects of the business. I chose to leave NHG at the end of December 2012 to run Halleck Horticultural, LLC full time.

Through Halleck Horticultural, I provide a variety of services to the green industry, including horticultural consulting, business strategy and development consulting, company and product branding, digital content marketing, and copywriting. I have won multiple awards for writing, creative direction, and marketing from TOCA, the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association; including the coveted Gardner Award for Writing in 2017.

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