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Starting my "winter" crop

Oct 08, 2012
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Two days ago, I have started my own winter indoor garden. I used a bookcase that I no longer use and filled up half of it with 12 inches of soil (some of it my own compost) and the other half with at least 6 inches.


Since carrots need 12 inches or more of soil, I started two varieties (organic and non-GMO) Tendersweet & Scarlet Nantes in half of the bookcase.


The other half is Dwarf Blue Kale & Bloomsdale Spinach.


I also started rooting some green onions that were purchased at MOM's as well as trying to root some kale i purchased from a local MD farm. Did you know that green vegetables last longer when they are sitting in water? Wow!



Congratulations! The hardest step is to start.After that doing it creates interest by itself!Also, consider keeping notes and taking a picture from time to time.When gardening at micro-scale I have come to find choosing fast growing and continuous yielding crops most important(mainly leaf vegetables). These give the best return on tiny growing areas.Also,hopefully Your bookcase doesn't carry any toxic varnish,as this may leach into the soil over time... Greetings,antonis.
I planted spinach, cilantro, basil and snow peas in containers in a stand alone green house we have. I am wondering if the warm days will warm the soil enough to hold through our 15 degree nights. This is the first time I have started something so early in the year. I usually start around the middle of February. Also, I am wondering if you can raise earthworms in a hot compost system.

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