Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Garden - Week 4

It's just over 4 weeks now since I set up  my indoor garden and everything is growing really well.  

It's taken me a bit of fiddling to figure out the lights.  I couldn't get them to go on and off automatically so I've had to turn them on myself which is a bit of a pain.  I've looked through the instructions and I can't see anything about that.  

If anyone know how to fix this problem I'd appreciate a comment. The last garden that I set up is the only one that's working, so I'm wondering if the other two are defective.

As for the individual gardens ....

Salad Greens - The lettuce is big enough to start harvesting now.  I seeded these little Tom Thumb myself in the "grow anything" kit and they are growing very well, even though only the two sprouted initially.  I've since got the lettuce kit so I'm trying some of those pods to see if I get a better sprouting rate.

I make a bit of a mistake by leaving the light on them too low for too long, so the edges of the leaves started to burnt a bit.  I've moved the lights up now so hopefully I won't have that problem again but I can see I'm going to have to keep a close eye on the heights of the plants.  It's a learning experience.

Herbs - These are growing wonderfully.  In fact I'm really amazed.  I've never had this much growth this quickly growing herbs in any other medium.  I can see why the herb kit is the one that's given most often with the grow kits since it seems to be the easiest to get going.

I have lots of dill and the basil is going strong as well.  Even the parsley which was late getting going is starting to gain momentum now.

Tomatoes & Jalapeno Peppers -  I got another kit over Christmas and I've just set it up now so nothing to see yet. It says in the brochure that these will take longer to germinate so it will be interesting to see how those go.

So far so good.  I'm glad I tried this experiment.  It's certainly a good way to grow herbs indoors, and it looks like the salad greens garden is pretty successful as well.  If the tomatoes and peppers do as well, I'll be well on my way to covering most of my fresh vegetable needs.  

Now If I can just figure out a way to get broccoli and cauliflower as well ....

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


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