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I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:04 PM NHFT »

Can it be done in the winter?   If I buy those long brown rectangular plastic planters and dirt, can I just put seeds in there?  Do I need special lighting or will putting them by a window work?

 I'd like to grow lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers so I can make fresh salads all year.
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 08:55 PM NHFT »

If this guy can grow salad greens outdoors in unheated cold frames in Maine, I think it could be done in New Hampshire as well.  We're planning on trying aquaponics indoors within the next couple years.  Ask again in 24 months (hopefully) and we'll let you know how it turned out.   ;)

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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 08:15 AM NHFT »

Kat has also enjoyed spouting all sorts of stuph inside
you don't need a bunch of sun, so they work great all year and are yummy
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 09:49 AM NHFT »

Indoors limits the light exposure.

Even outdoors in greenhouses, tomatoes are hard to grow in NH, during the winter, due to the lack of sufficient light.  The plants will grow, but the fruits will taste wrong because it takes a certain number of hours of light to make enough sugar to get them to the right sweetness.

But there are plenty of things you can grow, even using just the light that comes through a window.  And, of course, you can always add grow lights if you want to open up your options.  Just burns some electric power to do it...
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 02:07 PM NHFT »

Kat has also grown wheatgrass indoors
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 02:05 PM NHFT »

If this guy can grow salad greens outdoors in unheated cold frames in Maine, I think it could be done in New Hampshire as well.  We're planning on trying aquaponics indoors within the next couple years.  Ask again in 24 months (hopefully) and we'll let you know how it turned out.   ;)

- Peter

Ha, I'm glad you put a link for aquaponics in here or my first question would've been, what the heck is that.  :D 

Geesh, it seems complicated and pretty intense, I'm not good with stuff like that.  I like it simple but I am curious to know how it works out, thanks.

 I hope we are all still alive so I can ask you in 24 months.  Just kidding, kind of, I am semi concerned with a pole shift, Mayan stuff, wars, etc.  :o
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 02:07 PM NHFT »

Kat has also enjoyed spouting all sorts of stuph inside
you don't need a bunch of sun, so they work great all year and are yummy

Yup, I've grown all kinds of sprouts, they are good but I want something I can bite into like Beefsteak tomatoes.  :D  Ewww, I just remembered one sprout I hated though and I think it was called Mung something, yuk!

Maybe Mung sprouts?  I don't know.  Thanks Russell :)
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Re: I have a question about growing vegetables in the house
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 02:30 PM NHFT »

Indoors limits the light exposure.

Even outdoors in greenhouses, tomatoes are hard to grow in NH, during the winter, due to the lack of sufficient light.  The plants will grow, but the fruits will taste wrong because it takes a certain number of hours of light to make enough sugar to get them to the right sweetness.

But there are plenty of things you can grow, even using just the light that comes through a window.  And, of course, you can always add grow lights if you want to open up your options.  Just burns some electric power to do it...

Thanks, maybe I can put some on the deck because the sun really hits that spot good, but then again you said tomatoes need a certain amount of hours of light. :-\   I think it gets about 3 hours of steady sun on that side of the house, that is if these cloulds ever go away.
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