Fall is here and I really have the bug to grow some plants inside. I have not seen any posts recently regarding the "indoor garden" subject. Is there anyone out there doing this? I talked to my mom in Oregon about bringing plants in from outside, her opinion is to start them from seed and keep them indoors. I wanted to bring some of my harvest in from outside only to find all kinds of spider mites on the Tomato plant, ugh, that's not coming in! What about the pepper plants? I have dug some up, planted in a container, taken all the spotted leaves off them and eyed for any bugs and did not see any. What about Rainbow Chard?
I do believe that we have to go back to lining a closet with aluminum foil, etc, even though it has an incredibly rediculous bad rep. I wish I had great South sunlight in the winter but I don't, so If anyone has any recommendations as to can you start seeds now? Lighting that works? What can be grown in the home in the winter? Any success stories?
Here it is pre-testing for water-tightness. I still need to add extra plastic to keep the humidity up.
Here I am pumping out the water. It tested out fine, no leaks! As you can see, a little water splashed out. I think this will be resolved when the foam and plastic is in place. The blue things are airstones to keep the water aerated, but they're off right now.
This is the manifold to distribute the air.
I've got more updates to share while I'm working on a longer write-up of what I'm doing. Plants are still growing in the seed-starter pictured below, though most have progressed beyond the seedling stage. I've also moved 18 of the plants to larger buckets and put them under 40W of fluorescent (very similar to the fluorescent system suggested below).
I finally picked up a pH/ec/TDS meter, and if anyone would like to borrow it for a short time, let me know (I use it almost daily). Getting the pH adjustments has been a bit tricky, it's easy to add too much, and just like cooking, it's a lot harder to go back. I was able to fix it by adding extra nutrients and water. So far everything is going pretty well, and a couple seeds I had all but given up on finally sprouted (Nicotiana, for one). I'll be making some changes in the next few weeks to address lighting and some maintenance PITAs, but for now, here's the plants!