Winter indoor mini-garden

Every winter we are forced to either eat bland tasting tomatoes or none at all. By November my husband and I are craving one of those summer tomatoes that was growing in the garden that just fits on a slice of bread. Canned tomatoes are great, don’t get me wrong. Nothing better than opening a jar and grabbing a spoon, but not that just picked taste.

So the light bulb goes off in my head and I think “why can I not grow these in the laundry room this winter”? So, what started out as growing a couple of tomatoes plants has turned into three tomato plants, cucumbers, celery, chives, and peppers. One grow light turned into two and I have visions of trying my hand at hydroponic lettuce.

One lesson learned: indoor gardens do not need as much water as out door plants. I found my plants floating in water. Seems my husband and myself were both watering. So we made a deal, he gets to tend to some of the plants and I got to tend the others.

I am noticing what looks like mold growing on the top of the soil. I don’t know how to stop this or the fact that the plants don’t appear to be growing. I am one of those “like to see results” kind of people, and just not getting that with my indoor garden. I think it is to cool in there for the tinder plants. So I thought about putting the chickens heat lamp in there and turn it on for a few hours a day. Not sure that is going to be a good plan, maybe a heating pad to set the plants on. I need to do so more research on this.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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