Monday, January 25, 2016

My Winter Garden is a Success!

I have to say I'm absolutely thrilled with how my winter garden has grown - and how fast it's grown as well!  

I started out looking for a good option for the winter, but with these kinds of results I'm seriously considering making this my main garden because it suits me in so many ways. 

(Please excuse the quality of the photos.  These lights make it impossible to get good images.)

It's been just over two months now and I'm already harvesting lots of herbs.  

As you can see my basil and dill are growing like weeds, and the parsley is very quickly catching up as well.  I'm using them constantly and have even had to chop and freeze some because there is just way more than I can use.  

What a nice problem to have! 

I just started my tomato and jalapeno pepper plants after Christmas and they are already growing like gangbusters.  

This little tomato plant has the thickest stem I've ever seen, which should bode very well for handling a large crop of cherry tomatoes.

My jalapeno pepper isn't growing as quickly but it's still a decent size considering it's only been a few weeks.

As for my salad garden it's just amazing.  I've got lots and lots of salad.  I pick it every day and as soon as I pick it more comes up.  I can almost watch it grow.  

There wouldn't be enough for more than one person, but for me it's absolutely perfect.  I can have fresh salad every day without worrying about it going bad.

 I can hardly wait now until the tomato and pepper plants have fruit, but I know it won't be for a few months yet.  However, once they do fruit they are supposed to keep going for many months so I'm hoping they will take me clear through the spring and summer.  Meanwhile, in a few months I'll start more plants so they are ready when the first ones are done. 

Yes, definitely this was a very successful experiment and I'm really pleased with the results. 

I live in a beautiful park-like setting with tons of birds and lots of wild deer.  They are beautiful and I love watching them, but they also love eating everything in my garden.  I hate having to shoo them away.  I'd rather just enjoy them, so growing indoors is the perfect solution for me.

And the fact that this system is working out so well is opening up a whole range of possibilities.  There are so many things I can grown.  Who knows .... maybe I'll try broccoli next!

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw


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