How to Grow Your Own Indoor Winter Salad Garden, Plus a Secret Discovery!Submitted by clynbrit on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 13:06
I am using 4 GE Plant and Aquarium 48 inch florescent tubes that are 40 watts each of energy. They are in one old 4 tube holder bought at a garage sale. The plug was wired in so I could plug it in a power bar and not have to install it wired into the ceiling. So my set up is like using four 40 watt bulbs. The holder for the grow lights is rested on its end against a wall corner on a large plastic bin , and it has a plug in wired in so I can turn it on and off easily with a power bar. The room is sunny. I use the lights a few hours a day morning and evening. See my account for a PICTURE of a small window box or kitchen counter top garden.
My garden consists of some short window boxes on tables. They cost $2 each at the Dollar Store. In those boxes I have cherry tomato plants, a cucumber plant, lettuce, beet tops, garlic, green onions, celery, parsley, spinach, dill.
Oregano, rosemary, mint grow in pots and grow like bushes all year. You can share with others by taking some clippings off the vines and rooting them in water. Now here is my discovery! It might not be new.
How To grow Beautiful Lettuce, Celery, Beet Tops, etc FAST
Buy some heads of green leaf lettuce and red lettuce and or romaine at the grocery store. Wash them and just take all the outer leaves to use for now. Wash the small tight inner hearts of the lettuce and set the root on top of some soil. Water the soil. The lettuce will start to grow fast and will stay crisp. Use the outer leaves as needed.
Buy some celery. Cut the bottom off the celery about 1/4 inch of it. Use the stalks as usual. Place the bottom you cut off on top of moist soil. In a few days the celery will begin to grow again and in a few weeks it will have a root. Take stalks off as needed and leave growing. Do the same with beet tops and carrot tops. You can also place an entire garlic bought at the store on top of soil. It will grow roots in a few days and green garlic tops for soup and salad. Use as needed and keep growing. Do not bury any of these roots or tops under the soil, just on top with a little soil around the lettuce bottoms to hold upright.
I make these winter gardens as gifts for my family. They can sit on your kitchen counter under your top cupboard with a small florescent grow light attached to the bottom of the upper cupboard. This is all the light they need. Every upper kitchen cupboard can grow a garden in a window box set at the back of the counter.
You can try for a cold frame made of old windows on the south side of the house. Lettuce and parsley will even grow in snow.
Need heat? Use solar heaters you can make yourself. You can look around You Tube for ideas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u7mstBFbrE&feature=related
If you have any new ideas I would love to hear about them!