Growing a vegetable garden is a beautiful way to live more sustainably, cut down on grocery bills, and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. When many of us plan our gardens, we think of daytime splendor–sunny skies shining over the fruits of our labor. In doing so, however, we can deprive ourselves of the beauty of nighttime. With proper solar lighting, a vegetable garden can please under both sun and stars.
Planning a vegetable garden with lighting in mind also gives logistical advantages. For those of us with hectic schedules during the day, tending a garden at night becomes an attractive opportunity and one that light would, of course, facilitate. Why go solar, then? Unlike electric or gas lights, solar lights prevent fire hazards and potentially damaging heat from coming into contact with any growing vegetables and plants. Additionally, solar lights are simple to maintain, as you can learn here.
It may be challenging to know where to begin thanks to all the available options, but an excellent place to start is by considering the primary purpose/purposes you need these lights to serve. We start you out with some of the most common necessities below.
Nighttime Walks and Tending Safety
As mentioned above, tending a vegetable garden at night can be an excellent option for those pressed for time during the day. Once the sun is down, however, navigating a garden can be much trickier. A misplaced footstep can cause you to crush a sprouting seedling or trip and fall. Use path lights to create a well-lit trail around your garden so that you can walk around more confidently.
These lights are meant to be placed along a trail or path in your garden and enhance visibility as you roam the space to look over your vegetables or put in some work. One option we’d recommend for those with modern sensibilities is the Gama Sonic Contemporary Square Solar Path Light, which brightens your way and comes with the flexibility of three ground stake mounting options.
Another terrific choice would be the Solar Garden Light Shepherd Hook. This light is easy to assemble and install and features automatic dusk to dawn illumination, meaning these lights will be ready to work at sundown without you having to flip a switch.
The vegetables you’ve grown may not only be delicious to you but any number of pests. There are many different solutions out there, from other pesticides to fencing to sound machines. If you’re in the market for a solution that does double work, look no further than motion sensor lighting.
Motion Sensor Solar Lights
Solar lights with motion sensors will turn on automatically upon detecting movement within a varying range of distances. Not only will they startle an uninvited critter guest away from making a meal of your vegetable garden, but should you decide to go for a nighttime stroll, motion sensor solar lights will light your way.
The Gama Sonic pick would be our Solar Barn Light with Motion Sensor for its rustic-chic looks and 15 feet of range for motion detection. Its super bright LED lights are combined with weather-resistant composition for ultimate sturdiness and safety.
Highlight and Delight
If your primary concern is to create a fantastic moonlit garden to satisfy your landscaping dreams, highlight your garden’s best features with uplighting: light that rises from low to the ground.
Landscape lights are often subtle, blendable light fixtures that shine upon plants, paths, walls, or whatever feature you wish to create interest around. For a vegetable garden, they will make a lovely, bright ambiance while drawing attention to your harvest and allow you to notice any changes, good or bad.
Two fantastic landscape lighting options are the Progressive Solar Garden and Landscape LED Spotlight and the 2W Solar Flood Light with Warm White or Bright White LEDs. Both lights are easy to install on your own and feature dusk-to-dawn technology.
Still not quite sure which direction to go? Not to worry: we’ve also written an Ultimate Guide to Garden Lights.