Indoor winter garden

United States
September 30, 2008 8:30pm CST
I'm going to experiment with growing salad vegetable indoors this winter. I live in an apartment and I really miss being able to get out and garden, and I'm tired of house plants. I have plenty of windowsill space, so I'm going to grow a couple of varieties of lettuce, and I'm going to see how well miniature tomatoes will do. Is there anybody here who gardens indoors?
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
1 Oct 08
We are trying this winter too. The biggest challenge will be pollenating the tomatoes and peppers.
• United States
1 Oct 08
I've hand-pollinated tomatoes, and it works pretty well. It means sacrificing a few flowers, but they wouldn't normally all get pollinated anyway. If you have at least two plants and can move them close enough together, you don't have to pick any of the pollinators.
@peavey (16960)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I've been thinking about this myself. Not only lettuce and tomatoes, but radishes and other small root crops should grow well. My windowsills are the two inch useless kind, but I'm having a shelf built at the bottom of a large window in the dining room and intend to use that for a miniature garden. I have grown a few things indoors and they tend to be leggy, so I'm trying to think of ways to extend the lighting hours they need without it costing too much in electricity.
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• United States
23 Sep 09
I have a black thumb, I'm afraid. I admire people who are able to nurture a plant. And I've always wanted a vegetable garden. I don't know why, but there is something special about growing your own food. I guess it might have something to do with getting back to nature. Fruit of our labor sort of thing. Have you found it difficult setting up your indoor vegetable patch? What special things are required in this kind of thing? At least, Peter Rabbit won't be paying you a visit any time soon.
@zhuhuifen46 (3484)
• China
11 Jan 09
It is always a luxury for apartment residents. Growing vegetables in windowsill space must be fun. Hope you enjoy the process and the results. I saw that in Germany, the apartment residents can apply for a small lot along the highways. In an organized way, the land along the highways become gardens for building residents to plant vegetables and flowers, too. There is also a cottage in each lot, with simple furnitures such as tables and chairs and used for storing tools. At weekends, people are busy working there and enjoy the sunshine in the open air.
@Shellyann36 (11592)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I am trying to do that this year. It will be my first time with mini tomatoes, cukes and peppers though. I will invest in grow lights and I hope that they all turn out alright. I wish you lots of luck. I am going to put my happenings on my blog. I hope I am successful!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Yeah, I'm trying that this time 'round. Only it's half tropical plants. A dwarf banana and hopefully some lemongrass. I'll also be raising some other plants to put outside by time spring, I dug them up here in the city this past summer and have to make sure they winter alright. Young maple trees and strawberries. Unfortunately, this means I'm going to have to look after them inside -- the garage, mostly. So that they get cool enough, but also so I make sure they don't die being in the pots they have to be since we've moved here a bit late in the season. I'll have to monitor their moisture and watch for mold...so, whoo...no escape from gardening! Mwuahahah.