Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gardening in September?

September is a great time to start a garden.... right?

While most gardeners start thinking about planting in February or March, I am going to start my journey in September. To prove that I'm not insane, I started an indoor garden in January 2012 and have had one in some form or other since then.

I started with tomatoes and green onions on the windowsill, and have since moved on to a small metal shelf lined with reflective material and two CFL lightbulbs, where I have grown bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, radishes, spinach, and peas.

So where am I going with this? As you can see in the pictures, I was using milk jugs as my pots, which worked pretty good for most plants, but the peppers and tomatoes were always small because the plant wasn't able to spread its roots and grow to full height.

This time I am going to reconfigure my indoor garden and start almost from scratch. I want to have at least 2 full sized plants which means larger pots and more height in the garden shelf. I will also have to stack my growing spaces on top of each other to stay close to my 5 square foot goal.

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