Growing Vegetables Year ‘Round

| June 11, 2012

VegetablesWhen I first started my container garden I had a concern in the back of my mind that our short growing season wasn’t enough time for me to make all of my mistakes in order to become a better gardener.

Professional or seasoned gardeners have learned through years of trial and error the hows, wheres, whats and whens of planting to get the best yield. Being a newbie, I need plenty of time for mistakes. Being an impatient newbie, I want to get my mistakes done and over with so I can start producing a variety of high-yield organic veggies.

Long Cold Winter Months

Winter seems to last forever and that’s a long spell of time for a newbie gardener. There’s a good chance that I might forget what I learned over the summer (I promised I would take notes, but I didn’t).

Wanting to find a way to grow vegetables year-round in this Northeast climate, I started investigating hydroponics. I came across a few videos where folks were able to grow wonderful vegetables in their indoor hydroponics system. The systems, at first glance, seemed complicated. I needed something simple.

Growing Vegetables in a Window Farm

Upon further investigation I came across a video on Ted.com. This one really got me excited. It’s all about creating a window farm. The beauty of this is you don’t need to own a home or have a lot of space. All you need is a window, water, nutrients and plants.

My explanation won’t do it justice so take a few minutes and check out this 8-minute video.

If you cant watch the video, check out the window farm community website.

After watching that video I found another one on YouTube posted by a gentleman who has been using the window garden. When I hear that someone is able to produce strawberries nine months out of the year from a window garden that makes my ears perk up.

While I spend my time playing in dirt and cultivating my container garden this summer, I also intend to spend some time learning and experimenting with the window farm. Who knows, maybe by the time the winter rolls around I might have the hang of it and will be able to produce fresh vegetables in my window farm all winter long.

Gotta love the Internet!

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Category: Gardening, Indoor Gardening

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Felicia is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment.

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