Ever wonder how much food you can actually grow indoors? We have been asking (and get asked) this question a lot! So, we thought it would be a pretty awesome experiment to put it out there to YOU, our community of curious, green thumbed gardeners.
Through the month of February we are going to share daily up dates on our own efforts to answer this question, and hope that you will join us in this tasty project. We invite you to be part of our 28 Day Indoor Garden Challenge #28dayindoorgarden.
We would be happy to send you a FREE pack of organic seeds, to get your indoor garden started. We have two options: a mesclun mix and a red salad mix.Click hereto get your seeds & join the (fun) challenge! (seeds are free to you; we appreciate your partnership in covering the $1.00 postage. You can choose pick up at Sage Garden if you prefer).
Quick tips to get you growing...
To grow easy indoor edibles, choose seeds that mature quickly. Many types of lettuces and leafy greens can be harvested in as little as 21 days (at baby greens size), and in 28 - 35 days dwarf snap peas can produce delicious pods!
The most gardener-friendly soils are called 'living soils'. That is, they contain ample compost which has a full array of beneficial bacteria, fungi and other soil micro-organisms which support plant health. This makes gardening way easier.
You can add up to 40% compost to a standard peat-based potting soil. If you use a higher nutrient compost such as Sea Soil, you will not have to apply any additional fertilizer through the entire growth cycle of indoor greens! Most leafy greens will thrive in just a few inches of quality soil.
Young seedlings require deep watering, followed by a period of drying out, in order to flourish. Just be sure to check on the plants every couple of days to avoid parching the young roots.
As the plants grow and fill the soil with roots, and develop fuller leaves on top, your indoor crops will require more frequent watering. Use your finger as a hydrometer, testing the soil to see if it feels dry to the touch, or obviously moist. If you can feel moisture, hold off on watering and check back the next day.
The longer days of February bring with them the opportunity to grow a far larger selection of goodies on a bright window compared to even one month earlier. Almost all edibles grow stronger the more light they get. Choose the brightest location you have.
Simple full spectrum grow lights make things work even better. Plants grow faster and fuller with supplemental lighting, improving your productivity. Leave lights on 16 hours per day, and place lights around 6 - 8" above plant tops. Any closer and they can singe!