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Re: Indoor Container Garden - City Living

Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 12:01 pm

@brianj555 wrote:Pictures El, Pictures please!
Sadly, this is from 2010 and El is long gone. Sad I'm over my snit and ready to roll up my sleeves and get this figured out. If she can do it, we can do it!  Let's start with what works.

Basil -- I took cuttings from my outdoor basil plants to keep in water in the house. In a couple of weeks they were loaded with roots, so I planted them in brand new, store-bought, high-end potting mix with fertilizer built in. I am now convinced that this is the secret of success. Old, used dirt or compost does NOT do well for me in the house. I wind up with aphids, gnats, powdery mildew, etc. My new philosophy is sterile indoor gardening. Rolling Eyes

After potting, this plant was ignored except for watering. Yesterday -- before this pic was taken -- I harvest a couple of sprigs of leaves and blossoms. I air-fried them with squash pieces and they were awesome. from now on, this baby will get all the love it deserves. I'm also going back to Miracle Gro for inside plants. Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Razz
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Cherry Tomatoes

Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 1:03 pm

Cherry Tomatoes -- any of the small varieties work well for me inside, but none of the standard sizes have ever produced anything but a hard time.

This crazy plant has over a dozen tomatoes and another dozen blossoms.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 2:40 pm

Celery "Stumplings" -- http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t18903-stumplings?highlight=stumplings

I tried this technique with several refrigerator veggies. Onions and celery were the only ones that were worth it to me. I bury the bases of onions into outside containers, but I "baby" the celery in the house for a few weeks, first. I did one of these last summer and planted it in BTE along with a 6-pack of store-bought celery plants. It's holding its own, but still not as big as the others. Compared to celery grown from seed, it's a whole different story. After about a month, this guy is twice as big and strong as my celery seedlings. It will be interesting to see how they compare at harvest time. Will the stumpling really produce a new stalk? Stay tuned for further developments. Razz
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Post  brianj555 on 12/17/2017, 3:52 pm

Looking good Suz!  My two “experimental” indoor Cherokee Purples that were started in Kurig pods with MM from the outside bed.  Transferred into 4” peat pots with seed starter and miracle grow, then moved to 7 gallon pots with fresh MM.  They both look pretty good (so far). The one that I didn’t cut and root has a bloom.  


I decided not to pinch off the first bloom in case it’s the only bloom!Very Happy
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 4:00 pm

Good job, Brian. Are you having any problems with aphids, mildew, or gnats?
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@countrynaturals wrote:Celery "Stumplings" -- http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t18903-stumplings?highlight=stumplings

I tried this technique with several refrigerator veggies. Onions and celery were the only ones that were worth it to me. I bury the bases of onions into outside containers, but I "baby" the celery in the house for a few weeks, first. I did one of these last summer and planted it in BTE along with a 6-pack of store-bought celery plants. It's holding its own, but still not as big as the others. Compared to celery grown from seed, it's a whole different story. After about a month, this guy is twice as big and strong as my celery seedlings. It will be interesting to see how they compare at harvest time. Will the stumpling really produce a new stalk? Stay tuned for further developments. Razz
Here are my celery plants, started from seed on 9/5. They have a looooong way to go. Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 4:06 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Cherry Tomatoes -- any of the small varieties work well for me inside, but none of the standard sizes have ever produced anything but a hard time.

This crazy plant has over a dozen tomatoes and another dozen blossoms.
Here is just one cluster of blossoms.
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Post  brianj555 on 12/17/2017, 4:11 pm

That pic of the blossoms is great Suz !Shocked  I don’t think I’m having problems with any of those you mention, but then again I don’t know if I would know .Embarassed  I’ve not had problems with them to know how to identify them .
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Microgreens/Sprouts

Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 4:31 pm

Microgreens -- this is a commercial term, not a scientific one. It's basically sprouts with their first true leaves. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t19999-microgreens-gardening?highlight=microgreens If you can only grow one thing inside or you're new to indoor gardening and just want to dabble, this is my strongest recommendation for beginners. I "accidentally" started with cilantro. When the microgreens thread was going strong, someone suggested cilantro. I had a few starts that had just gotten their first true leaves, so I sacrificed one to munch on. WOW! Today I'm starting a new box (should have done it weeks ago). The only downside to microgreens/sprouts is that seeds can get pricey when you need so many. The upside is that you'll be eating them in a couple of weeks. Cool


Do you need a heating pad for these? You bet your bippy! I've had seeds sprout with a heating pad in 2 days that should have taken 5-10 days otherwise.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2017, 4:45 pm

What I've learned in 3 years of indoor winter gardening:

1) Don't over-plant. Too many plants too close together breed disease.
2) Plants need air circulation and exercise. Move them around a little and/or use a fan on them once in awhile. Shake their stems, gently.
3) Indoor veggies grow much slower than in-ground, in-season outside plants.
4) Use sterile soil/mix. Bugs and disease thrive inside. Let's not help them.
5) Use plant food like Miracle Gro weekly. Sterile planting mix has no microbes, so indoor plants have a disadvantage compared to outside plants in nice, wormy compost. They need a boost.
6) Plant lights help, but they're no substitute for sunlight. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t18576-led-grow-lights-any-advice?highlight=grow+lights
7) Choose early, bush varieties of seed.

I'll post more as I learn more. Now it's time for you experts to jump in and teach us all the rest of what we don't know, yet. Razz
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Post  Kelejan on 12/18/2017, 12:21 pm

@brianj555 wrote:That pic of the blossoms is great Suz !Shocked  I don’t think I’m having problems with any of those you mention, but then again I don’t know if I would know .Embarassed  I’ve not had problems with them to know how to identify them .

I know what you mean, Brian.  That is the trouble when you are asked, "Any questions?"
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Post  saganco on 12/21/2017, 11:30 am

So happy to find this thread!  I am just beginning my run with indoor gardening (even planning to build a new home soon, and hubby HAS to make me a garden room)!  We are struggling with the plans/elevation of the land/and practicality to get the garden room on the south side, but if we can't, that's what grow lights are for.

Just started my celery stump plant as well as the tops from several beets to grow greens.  The compost for the MM is still in the tumbler, but doing nicely.  We will be using IBC's for the "catch pan" and that will have the bottom part of 30 gallon drums with drain pipe and coarse sand as the "self watering" part, then home made grow bags (made from weed barrier) as the actual pot.  We are hoping for success, but sometimes half the fun is in trying.  Getting success is just a big beautiful cherry on the top!  I will be staying tuned to see how this thread progresses - thank you all for your wonderful posts!
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