Since food is an important consideration in self sufficient living, what do we do when we need to grow food but the conditions won’t allow it? Simple – grow indoors. While there are a variety of ways to do this, we’ll look at just two methods of indoor vegetable gardening.
The first approach we’ll consider involves the use of grow lights. While this can be very effective, it also requires a significant amount of electricity which can present a problem in terms of being self sufficient. The advantage, of course is that you can grow pretty much anywhere indoors, regardless of windows or other natural light sources. If you’re off the grid, this option probably isn’t appealing. On the other hand, this is a great way to increase your learning speed as you can continue to gain experience growing year round.
A much better approach which is more consistent with sutainability, is to attach a greenhouse or solarium to your home. This enables you to take advantage of natural light and the heat source for your home. You can start with something simple – like a bay window, or go “all out” with a full greenhouse attached to the house. It may be that you just need a place to start your plants before moving them to the garden.
Want to get started today? Why not begin with sprouting? It’s simple and fun for the whole family as well and offers a great source of nutrition to add to salads and sandwiches. You get results quickly – within days rather than waiting for months. The Sprout Garden 3 Tray Family Sprouting Kit includes sprouter, drainboard, covers, 3 sprouting trays, 2 oz. of certified organic alfalfa seed, and instructions. Once you’ve got the idea, expand your crops and try sprouting beans along with other grains. What’s nice about sprouting is that any window will do – you don’t need any special construction for this form of indoor vegetable gardening.
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