Thursday, February 16, 2012
Indoor Gardening Adventures Continue!
Last week I started a small indoor vegetable garden. My fall planted soybeans and carrots did not work on the roof so I'm trying again on the windowsill. So far I've successfully grown swiss chard, radishes and beets indoors, now I'm trying a few more vegetable varieties.
Envy soybean seedlings are in the container on the left and Parmex carrot seedlings are in the container on the right.
I'm trying out some 1 gallon Smart Pots this time around. I haven't been using them long, but so far I like them. They're impossible to over water so you never worry if you're drowning your plants, they hold their shape when full, and they fold flat when empty for compact storage, which is a major plus for space deprived apartment dwellers.
Soil temperature varies widely throughout the day. In morning/afternoon it can reach 90 degrees and at night it can dip to 50. The weather has remained warm enough that I have not had to use the heat mat overnight at all. The grow light came on when the soybeans sprouted and now stays on for 16 hours a day.
Some new feet for the grow light. The original feet were too wide for the windowsill so I cut some 1" by 2" lumber down to the width of windowsill and drilled a hole in the center for the leg. It's surprisingly quite stable.
1 Gallon Smart Pot Containers - Pack of Five: $19.70
Seeds: $5.40 (I did not plant the turnips or radishes indoors, but I haven't accounted for them yet so I'm doing so now.)
Radish, White Icicle
Turnip, Purple Top White Globe
2012 Running Total: $33.25