Vegetables and Fruit forum: Growing Inside

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Name: Kevin
Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a)
Apr 17, 2016 12:35 AM CST
Hello everyone. I am new to gardening and I was really loving the fresh lettuce and cilantro I was getting from my garden in the late winter. But I live in Houston and I decide that since it gets so hot here during the summer that I would try to give growing it inside in the extra room that I have. I have a 45w LED and a fan on them to simulate the wind. I keep the light on them about 16 hrs a day. Any other pointers on growing your greens indoors? I am really hoping nobody busts my bubble and tells me it is not going to work. I am only one year into gardening. *Blush*

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Apr 17, 2016 8:22 AM CST
Seems like it should work like a greenhouse. I would also get a fine sprayer to keep the plants hydrated; the leaves part. I spray mine in the garage greenhouse and keep fans running also. But I move them all outdoors as soon as I can or into the covered raised beds even now. Well, the cold weather vegies. I don't know why it wouldn't work. I have three aero gardens that I grew lettuce and spinach in one year. They produced well but the leaves were a little wimpy, not firm and crisp like outside. A fan probably would have helped.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Apr 17, 2016 9:37 PM CST
Hi Kevin -- I've grown lettuce and other greens under lights in the winter here, so it seems to me it should work just fine for you when the weather is too hot in your area. I think using the fan is a good idea, and don't crowd the plants (you can use the thinnings as they grow, of course).
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