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are there any fruits or veggies that can be grown in a window sill over fall or winter

I am interested in growing some oregano or other herbs and maybe small tomato plants, is this possible?

I dont want to have a big sophisticated grow setup that uses alot of lights or power as im not a pot farmer lol I just want to grow a tomato plant or something to see if its possible so if shtf I could grow things year round
 

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yeah I will try that


I have seeds for ALOT of things but mainly wanted to grow some greens onions and some grape tomato plants
 

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Try force planting wild greens

You can extend the harvest of some wild green veges by "forcing" tender shoots of the plants in the basement in winter. You don't need any lights or heating to do this, the ambient conditions downstairs will be perfect.

Dandelions (taraxum officinale) and their cousin - chicory (cichorium intibus) are two of the easiest wild greens to handle this way. Dig their roots during the fall, replant them in a box of dirt and leave the container outside until after the first frost (to fool the plants into thinking winter has passed). Then bring the container inside, keeping it watered and try to maintain the box's temperature around 55' F in a semi-dark spot (a cellar provides near perfect light and temperature conditions). In about 20 to 30 days you should be able to start gathering crisp, pale, blanched leaves that go well in any salad.

Continue watering dandelion and chicory roots, and they'll produce several cuttings of greenery. When the first box begins to taper off, you can bring in another (if you've been clever enough to keep them waiting outside) and extend your harvest right thru winter.

Yellow dock (rumex crispus) can be 'forced' in the same way, although its shoots, which are multi-coloured, add more eye-appeal than worthwhile flavour to a salad.

** CAUTION here: Another plant that can be grown in this manner is poke (phytolacca americana). Dig out 12 to 15 of the massive roots, trim them to fit in a box and bury them, just as you did with the dandelions. Let the box remain outside until after the first freeze and then bring it in. If you keep the poke watered, you'll be able to gather the most delectable SHOOTS (cook 'em like asparagus) every week for most of the winter from that one container. One CAUTION though: DO NOT try to eat the poke ROOTS. They can poison you .... but don't let that fact discourage you from enjoying poke sprouts. The sprouts are entirely safe to eat and delicious.

Happy Winter Harvesting, Herne

Source: Mother Earth News Almanac, June 1973
 

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I wonder if I can grow herbs inside in a pot? My house doesn't get much light though.:rolleyes:

I am going to try some cabbage and broccoli outside. I figure it could be practice for the spring. :D:
 

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Apparently chickpeas thrive in cold weather. I'm still doing research on it to see whether it can grow in winter months with reduced sunlight.
 

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Beets?

I've never grown beets before and tried them mainly for animal feed. A good size section was planted early September but I haven't seen anything come up yet. Peas, brocolli and carrots planted around that time are going well, but the beets NOTHING. Seed was from this spring- bought but didn't use this spring. Is the viability of beet seed that bad? That area gets well watered, soil is good there, an area where we haven't grown root crops in YEARS- one reason I opted for the beets, needed more root crops in our rotations.

Any ideas???

TIA
 

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I would not use the aero garden to grow veggies, maybe herbs. But there are lower cost and more effective options, which I can recommend if you would like. Probably easier to tend as well.

What kind of room would you be growing in? What size of area in that room can be set aside for growing? Is it okay to have a bright light in that area on 24/7? Are you set on hydro, or is soil acceptable?

The complexity of cannabis growers' systems is more due to space/secrecy and venting/odor/heat issues. Fans, ducts, etc. If you are just growing veggies, you just need some light, water, and nutrients.
 

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I think beets will only germinate if the soil temp is cool.
Above a certain temp they will die or fail to germinate.
Beets are one of the very few vegetables I'm not too fond of.:D:
 

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do you like the aero grow and is it worth the hefty price tag?

Do you have any pictures of the growing lettuces?
I think it's worth it. We are really enjoying having fresh lettuce available for sandwiches and salads. I posted a picture in another thread, but I can't find the thread. I have been going back and forth to the hospital. When things settle down, I can post another picture. I just got back from the hospital and I'm feeling rather tired right now.

I want another one aerogarden for herbs and possibly for cherry tomatoes.

If you don't want to spend the buck for the aerogrow, you might want to consider this little Prepara power plant kit for $39.99. I'm considering getting it to grow a herb that I had trouble growing from seed last spring. I would like to get the plant to about 6 weeks old before transplanting it. I really like the price tag on this one.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=15794496
 

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Hey Malaz, first off I would like to say sorry you are ill and I hope you get better soon.

I have never seen that prepara thing before but I will definitely check into it, I do love a good mixed green salad and would like to have fresh lettuce so I will discuss the aero grow with the wife and see what she thinks. I really liked the idea of cherry tomato's year round which I LOVE lol.

Thank you for all the information as usual and I will pray for your good health
 

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I would not use the aero garden to grow veggies, maybe herbs. But there are lower cost and more effective options, which I can recommend if you would like. Probably easier to tend as well.

What kind of room would you be growing in? What size of area in that room can be set aside for growing? Is it okay to have a bright light in that area on 24/7? Are you set on hydro, or is soil acceptable?

The complexity of cannabis growers' systems is more due to space/secrecy and venting/odor/heat issues. Fans, ducts, etc. If you are just growing veggies, you just need some light, water, and nutrients.

The room that I would like to use is my dining room, I live in a double wide mobile home so my dining room is pretty big with windows 2 sides. Most of the room has actual direct sunlight until about 11-1130am then it is still bright all day but no direct sunlight.

I would think the room is like 12 foot x 14 ft maybe but I would really like to keep the tomato's in like a 3 foot x 7 foot area as to not take up the whole room.
 

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I'm going to get back to you in a bit, but it will be a lengthy post. If you see this before I post a response, can you tell me if you have any gardening experience? pH levels, nutrients, etc.? That way I know what to include.
 
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