Ever wonder how much food you can actually grow indoors through winter? 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.
For 2020 our challenge has moved over by a couple of weeks (starting February 15), and this year we really want to consider opportunities to recycle and repurpose single use containers like disposable coffee cups or grocery store fruit and veg clam shells. In fact, we hope you will share photos and tips for how you creatively make use of non-traditional containers to grow your baby greens... on March 15, 2020 we are going to award a $50 Sage Garden gift card each to four participants who we notice doing cool things to make their indoor gardens "green"!
To get noticed be sure to tag the challenge using #28indoorgarden
We would be happy to send you a FREE pack of organic seeds, to get your indoor garden started. You can either pick these up at Sage Garden or we can mail them out anywhere in Canada ($1.00 postage applies). Click here to get your seeds!
We've been doing the challenge for a few years now. Check out some videos from past events...
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!