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Oct 12, 2016 1:38 PM CST

Hi, Everyone! I'm new to the group and do have questions!

I want to start a veg and herb garden on my property next spring. For now, I'm interested in an indoor garden. I've begun with a few things. Some basil. Also, I have started growing beet greens, daikon radish greens, and kale from base parts of the veg. Can I plant these in indoor pots and grow throughout the cold seasons? I also want to grow onion and garlic. I've seen it on Pinterest too. Is this truly doable indoors? Can I grow other things like carrots indoors? Thanks!
Oct 12, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Name: Kevin Langley
London UK
Radish and onions grow well indoors all year round as long as they get plenty of light and its warm indoors. I've pretty much grow green onions all year around indoors, they have to be the most easy thing to grow in my experience. I can use those over and over. I guess herbs like basil should be pretty easy as well and carrots. I've always failed with growing Garlic in the past tho. I'd love to grow some okra I've not tried to grow that yet.

In general you should be able to grow most veg and herbs indoors as long as the pots are a good size for specific plants and they get enough natural light and warmth. Theres always the option of using L.E.D grow lights as well which are cheap to run.
Oct 12, 2016 8:46 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Growing veggies indoors can work very well, but it does all depend upon how much light you're able to supply to the plants. If you have a window that gets every bit of direct sunlight, AND you live in a place where it is pretty sunny in the winter, you wouldn't need to supplement with grow lights. I lived in Vancouver, BC when I first started trying to grow herbs on the windowsill, and darnit, the days were just SO short and grey in winter there wasn't enough light for the plants to survive even in the sunniest window. If I knew then what I know now . . y'know?

So, the first thing it depends upon is where you are? If you would fill in your profile with your location (city and state or country, not just a zone) that will tell us more about how sunny it is in winter where you are.

Second thing is temperature - most people keep their houses in the 70's during the day and not much lower than 60's at night. This is fine for some things that like cool weather, but others like okra, some peppers and tomatoes won't even flower unless the temps are warmer during the day. So stick with cool growers like the green onions, salad greens, parsley and chives, kale and other cabbage family, and the root veggies for greens like your beet greens should do well.

Garlic takes almost a full year to grow a nice big bulb, so I'd wait now, and plant it in the early spring outside. It's too late to fall-plant it now in most areas of the northern hemisphere.

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Oct 19, 2016 2:51 PM CST

Thank you Kevin and Elaine for your responses. I will use the information you both provided to expand my indoor garden. I'm pretty psyched now to do it! Thanks again! Thank You!
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