Indoor garden help/Pacific Northwest in January?

I would like to start an indoor container garden in my apartment and I need some assistance. I live in Oregon and we don’t get much sun light in winter months. I would put the plants in front of the window obviously, and my apartment is about 62f degrees.

Would vegetables grow under these conditions?

Listed below are the types of veggies I want to grow from seeds. Any help with the size of container, or anything at all would be a great help. Ive never gardened anything before, so consider you are talking to an idiot.

cherry tomatoes
leaf lettuce

Any other easy to grow vegetable options or any other tips at all would be awesome. Thank you.

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    2 Responses to “Indoor garden help/Pacific Northwest in January?”

    1. Rick Says:

      Hi BoscoeP,

      This is Ricks Picks. I work in the Garden Department for The Home Depot. The biggest issue with getting you indoor garden going successfully inside is making sure that your new plants are receiving the full spectrum of light. The winter months in Oregon can be mostly cloudy, most of the time so having a grow light will be a must for successful propagation of your garden plants. Leaf lettuce is a cool weather plant so it may do OK by the window but the cherry tomato is a full sun lover. With herbs like Oregano and Cilantro, be care full not to over water them. Some herbs remember, originate from the Mediterranean and like to dry out slightly between watering which means these plants do like to have their roots stay wet. It is important that you read the little "recommended care" info that comes with your plants. As for your beans and radishes, obtaining the right light spectrum will aide you tremendously. The web site below will give you some good information on obtaining the different type of grow lights you will need to make your indoor garden project a successful venture.

      Initially, getting the seedlings to sprout can be done with your window box and a standard grow light found at The Home Depot or other hardware supply store. As the plant gets bigger the light requirement will increase. Temperature is also a key factor in getting your plants to grow well. LED’s are great for giving out a good light spectrum but do not produce the heat needed to help your plants grow to their full potential. With spring not too far away, it may be enough to just get your young seedlings to sprout and then come spring, transfer them to on outside area that gets more light.

      Fluorescent bulbs are a great way to start off our indoor gardening adventure. To maximize your results, you will need to switch you bulbs out at the different stages of growth of your vegetables. The cool white bulbs give off more of the blue light spectrum which is great for the initial growth of your vegetables. The warm white bulb gives off more of the red light spectrum and is good for your plants blooms. To keep your project affordable, remember that you will need about 20-40 watts per square foot of growing area.

      The Home Depot carries a heated seed starter which should help in keeping the “feet” of your new seedlings nice and warm. Check out your local Home Depot for more information.

      Best of luck with your indoor gardening project. Be sure to take pictures of each step you take and share it with all of us!

      Happy New Year,
      This has been another of Ricks Picks.

    2. Trish Magpie Says:

      Apartments are not suitable for vegetable gardening, although some herbs can be grown inside. If you have really poor lighting even those plants like basil which lend themselves to difficult situations would not flourish. There are few exceptions in domestic situations, and artificial lighting is more the purview of advanced gardening and yet limited. Garden plants need bountiful sun, even rated, indoor plants like calamondin orange require more then two hours of direct sunlight daily.

      However lovely plants may be grown indoors, and I hope you wont be disappointed but discover a world of possibilities.

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