Indoor garden, in the house during the winter, is it possible/feasible?

I am interested in having an indoor garden, in just containers for food crops. Has anyone else tried this? I am worried about bugs in the house, and the amount of sun needed.

I would really love to grow some foods indoors during the winter because here in Kansas the winter seems like forever, and food prices get sky high.

Any input/advice would be appreciated as to techniques to avoid bugs, and any experiences shared would be great to hear.


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    5 Responses to “Indoor garden, in the house during the winter, is it possible/feasible?”

    1. heart o' gold Says:

      The amount of sun in a house will likely not be enough for vegetables and you’ll have to supplement with expensive electric full spectrum lights.

      This is probably not going to be a very satisfying experience – but if you really want to try it you can get a grow light and try for leafy greens.

      Veges need a minimum of 6 hours of directs sunlight a day. I suggest getting a good publication on indoor vege gardening and reading it before investing any money in the equipment you need.

    2. Flyinghdsod Says:

      A container garden will work great for certain types of food. Make sure to plant them in something the roots can expand into with plenty of room. You may want to look into a good plant light or lights depending on what you want to grow. You can still use natural filtered light during the day just make sure you do a quarter turn to your plants every few days. Also make sure to keep them well watered.

    3. Phil Says:

      You didn’t specify what you want to grow so the answer will be in very general terms. You will need pots or trays large enough for the roots systems of the plants (or topsy-turvys for tomatoes), an areas with lots of sunlight and a room where the temp doesn’t get below 45F. Plant in organic humus and topsoil. Keep plants watered.
      A hanging fly strip or a solar powered bug zapper should keep any bugs to a minimum.

    4. Greg W Says:

      Sounds like you are trying to reinvent the greenhouse….. in your house.

      A small greenhouse can be made pretty cheaply from scrap lumber and old windows or plastic panels.

      You then have all the benefits you want…. and any insects and the humidity needed to grow veggies… would be outside of your house.

    5. earth friendly landscapes Says:

      All plants take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen but the ones listed below are great at filtering air pollution and cleaning up toxins, which makes them great for offices, homes and other enclosed spaces.

      Areca palm

      Arrowhead vine

      Boston fern


      Date palm

      English ivy


      Rubber tree

      Spider plant

      Weeping fig

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