Thursday, October 7, 2010

Currently Growing in the Indoor Grow Box

After a few cold nights last week, I thought, this is it, the first frost must be just around the corner!  Then it started warming up again, and the weather people are forecasting daytime highs of 70s and low 80s for the next six days.  I'm hoping this will be good for the remaining green Jelly Bean tomatoes to plump up and get ripe enough for me to pick before the first frost, whenever it arrives.  On the other hand, I wonder if this kind of warmth is not so good for my fall crops, or at least whatever's left of my fall crops after the ongoing cabbage worm and aphid attacks.  One thing for sure, this up and down fall weather is definitely keeping me on my toes.

In the meantime, we still have a few things growing in the indoor grow box, where they are happily oblivious to the changing weather outside.  In addition to indoor Jelly Bean tomatoes and planted basil cuttings, we have:

Long Thin Cayenne Pepper, with some peppers finally starting to ripen red

bush green beans that are just starting to set flowers

cut-and-come-again lettuce mix

catnip that I planted just to see if some freebie old seeds were still viable (they were)

By the way, I have no idea what to do with catnip, since we don't have a cat and don't know any neighbors who have cats.  I have read that they can serve as a deterrent to a variety of garden pests, but I haven't tried it yet.

cilantro that I've already taken some cuttings from for making salsa

flat-leaf parsley from self-collected seeds


Annie's Granny said...

WOW! Color me impressed! Don't tell Mr. Granny I've been eying that armoire in the bedroom ;-)

thyme2garden said...

I could lend you Keith and he could probably have the whole thing turned into a brand new grow box for you. He could even do it while you guys are snowbirding in Arizona to not disturb you. :-)

kitsapFG said...

Your uber light box is proving to be a real work horse! Amazing what you are able to grow to mature status. Very fun!

meemsnyc said...

Wow, those growlights are so impressive!

thyme2garden said...

kitsapFG - it amazes me, too, that vegetables can grow in such a limited environment. I never would have guessed that a repurposed armoire and some lights could do this, until I saw the little tomatoes and peppers with my own eyes.

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meemsnyc - thank you! Due to space restrictions, we had to situate the grow lights vertically, and we do have some issues with seedlings leaning for light. If we could have somehow gotten the lights installed horizontally (physically not possible with current dimensions), I'm sure the seedlings would be much happier with more even light distribution.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Catnip? Dry it, grind it up and sell it to students. You can only get away with it once, though!

What kind of lights are you using?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Wow you got many veggies growing well indoors. I am letting most of our cilantro go to seeds now. Looks like you can still make a lot of salsa with your cilantro.

thyme2garden said...

TIG - I got all excited about the prospect of doing something useful with dried catnip, until I read the rest of your comment. :) I left you a comment with a link to our grow box post that includes all detailed info about the lights used.

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Malay girl - thank you! We would make more salsa, but we don't have enough tomatoes! Ah, maybe next year.

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