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This week, I've been working on getting the indoor garden truly set up.
My baby plants were coming out of their second bigger houses, so It really needed to get moving along!

I went to Lowes and found some nice shop light fixtures, that have a corded end, so I won't have to wire them together, they were $49 apiece, and hold 4, 4' bulbs .
I got 2 of them, 8 'sunshine' bulbs.
I bought 6 2x4x8's, and cut them down a bit in size...nailed them together to make a wooden U shape..I used barb-wire fence staples to use as 'hangers' on the top 2x4.( I did this, because I needed to not obstruct the overhead door. It is still easily close-able, should a bad storm come rolling in)
After they were together, I stood them up and put each leg of the U into a single concrete block, and filled in around the 2x4 with small gravel.
The lights hang from the top of the U, on chains, so I can adjust the light, up or down, as the plants require it.( the chains hook into the staple with an S hook)

I took a huge piece of clear heavy plastic and first duct taped it over the garage door opening...both inside and outside, over the opening, and then I went back and used tacks to tack into the wood facing of the garage door on the outside.

It's looking really good!!! ..:D

My friend Michelle, brought me a bunch of Kitty Litter buckets that she had been saving ( LOL she has 9 cats and uses 3 of them a week!!!)...and they are the perfect size for holding a tomato plant, or an eggplant plant...:)
So, now, I have this cool little set-up happening in the garage!...:D
Since moving the babies into their bigger houses...it looks like I have a kick ass lil garden already happening!

This entire project...including the 8 bags of 2 cu.ft., Miracle Grow dirt to fill all those buckets up( 31, 20 liter)....has cost me less than $300...about $250 to be exact.
About the same as 1 trip to the grocery store these days...:P
I don't think it's too great of an expense to not be worth doing.
It's the ONLY way, I'll know 100% for sure, that my veggies are free of radioactive fallout.
Is $250 too much to spend for that kind of assurance of food safety?
I've also been storing water...everytime I empty a distilled water jug...I refill it with more water, to use later in the year to water the plants with...when the radiation levels in our tap water become high...I'll have some water not so heavily contaminated, to care for the garden with...:)
I've been squirreling the water away, since the day I saw those 2 reactors explode over there...so I have a pretty good stash happening.

So far, I have, tomatos, sweet peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and broccoli growing in the basement..:)
I plan on having some greenbeans, squash, and melons too.
I have a whiskey barrel that has been cut in half..I'm thinking it will be a good place to make a mini- greenbean Teepee in...:)
And I have seveal long windowboxes, that I think will work for the squash and stuff that isn't real deep rooted, they can consider the windowbox their 'hill'..spill out across the floor with their vines...:)

Anyone else doing an 'indoor garden' this year?
I'd love to hear about your set-up....have your's is doing so far...:)
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I thought you'd tell us u were growing weed. How disappointing
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LOL..I would be if I didn't care if the FEDs took my house...:P
Sure would save me a ton of $...:P
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You should check window gardening too:

[link to www.windowfarms.org]
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You should check window gardening too:

[link to www.windowfarms.org]
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That looks really cool!!!!
We're thinking along the same lines...;D
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yeah i shop here.

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yeah i shop here.

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So, what kind of lights and stuff have you purchased?
LOL..looks like the lights there are quite a bit more than then the approx. $60 I have invested in the ones I bought.
I'm sure the more expensive ones are probably better...but I'm just starting out...on a tight budget...:P
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This is great! I love it. You have got a lot of stuff going on there, I am going to be checking in on you to see how it's going.

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I didn't do a garden this year :(, sometimes I do an outdoor garden. I do however, have some awesome, killer tomatoe plants thriving on my patio that get sun, but no rain there. I water them myself, and I too have been collecting water since the day after Fukushima! I started filling my 2 liter DC bottles with treated water when they are empty and now have over 70 added to my water stash.
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Thanks T !..:)

I still have some lil plants that needed their bigger houses...so today I went and rounded up the stuff to plant the rest of them.
I almost fell over when I discovered how much just basic, plastic Nursery Pots have gone up to!
For a 3 gallon container, they were $1.03 apiece, and I had to buy a sleeve of 50..:P
I about choked on that 1...LOL
They used to be less than half that when I worked in the industry .
But, plastic is a petrolium product, so when oil prices go up, everything made of plastic does too, apparently...:P
I also went and got more dirt to fill them with...so, I need to add another $100 onto the total cost.
I guess it isn't so bad, considering that it gives me 50 more food producing plants...$2 a plant, for everything it's going to produce.

When I moved the babies dowstairs, and directly under the new lights, I had the lights a pretty good distance from them, so they could adjust to the new set-up.
So far, it's looking good, no 'sunburned plants'...:)
Today, I moved the lights down closer to the plants.
Not as close as they are eventually going to be yet, but closer to let the plants adjust again, slowly.
Everyone seems to happy down there, so far...:)


It sounds like your tomato plant is gonna do well where it is...at least it has some protection overhead, from the patio...:)
I'm happy to hear you've been squirreling away the water too.Just seemed like a smart thing to do, seeing the situation go down like it has been.
Never know, it may be us that ends up needing that water in the future..:P

I've been thinking about this water thing quite a bit here the past several days.
I have a neighbor up the road that has a couple of wells.
I'm thinking if I run out of my stashed water for the plants, that I can go up there and ask to fill some jugs .
I'm thinking the well water won't have all the radiation in it...because it will have to go thru the dirt first, to get to the well.
I know he dosen't use them anymore, because the water has become contaminated with E-Coli from all the development around here...but I can kill the E- Coli with some C.Silver added to the water...make it safe for the lil plants and future veggies.
Water feels very important to me at this time...just keeps naggin' at my head..:P

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Thanks T !..:)

I still have some lil plants that needed their bigger houses...so today I went and rounded up the stuff to plant the rest of them.
I almost fell over when I discovered how much just basic, plastic Nursery Pots have gone up to!
For a 3 gallon container, they were $1.03 apiece, and I had to buy a sleeve of 50..:P
I about choked on that 1...LOL
They used to be less than half that when I worked in the industry .
But, plastic is a petrolium product, so when oil prices go up, everything made of plastic does too, apparently...:P
I also went and got more dirt to fill them with...so, I need to add another $100 onto the total cost.
I guess it isn't so bad, considering that it gives me 50 more food producing plants...$2 a plant, for everything it's going to produce.

When I moved the babies dowstairs, and directly under the new lights, I had the lights a pretty good distance from them, so they could adjust to the new set-up.
So far, it's looking good, no 'sunburned plants'...:)
Today, I moved the lights down closer to the plants.
Not as close as they are eventually going to be yet, but closer to let the plants adjust again, slowly.
Everyone seems to happy down there, so far...:)


It sounds like your tomato plant is gonna do well where it is...at least it has some protection overhead, from the patio...:)
I'm happy to hear you've been squirreling away the water too.Just seemed like a smart thing to do, seeing the situation go down like it has been.
Never know, it may be us that ends up needing that water in the future..:P

I've been thinking about this water thing quite a bit here the past several days.
I have a neighbor up the road that has a couple of wells.
I'm thinking if I run out of my stashed water for the plants, that I can go up there and ask to fill some jugs .
I'm thinking the well water won't have all the radiation in it...because it will have to go thru the dirt first, to get to the well.
I know he dosen't use them anymore, because the water has become contaminated with E-Coli from all the development around here...but I can kill the E- Coli with some C.Silver added to the water...make it safe for the lil plants and future veggies.
Water feels very important to me at this time...just keeps naggin' at my head..:P
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Hi Sprite!

It sounds like you are really making some progress. It's a bummer that every where you turn the price of everything has doubled, but it sounds like you are getting close to having most of your major supplies coverd. It is good that you have access to a well in your area. I had a well when I lived out west a couple of years ago, but I am closer to the city now and no such luck . The water table is very shallow here though, I sure wouldn't have to dig far...haha!

My tomatoe plants are already growing like crazy and have set a lot of tomatoes. None of them ripe yet. I have two "Cherry", and one of the "Big Boy" plants. I really just wanted to at least have something this year, and at least I will have some nice salads if the lettuce doesn't poison me..ha!

I have put a lot of effort in to my yard this year. I have a lot of long stem roses that have been bloombing beautifully...the gardenias did well, my hanging baskets of bouganvillas made it through the winter in the garage and back out on the porch; they have starting to bloomb like wildfire. I have a lot of stargazer lilys that look like they are going to do well but they are taking there time this year. I have an easter lilly that is just now bloombing?? This is TX, and it has already been in the 90's here this year, although it has cooled off considerably the last few days. As a matter of fact it is only 73 out today and it is nearing June, so maybe we aren't going to fry to a crisp after all, this year. Wishful thinking I am sure...:)

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Mine sucks right now. It was doing ok, but now something isn't right. I need to give it a lot more attention I think. I know it can work because I had it going well before.

I really want to start to put mine outside, but the weather has been so crappy. I mean low temps, no sun, rain constantly, I think it would be too much of a shock just yet. The next semi-warm not raining day we have I'm gonna do it.

OP, if you could share some links as to the set up you bought, like from Home Depot or Lowes, I would like to check it out. I keep looking at them but I really have no idea what to pick, what bulbs, what set up. Ugh.
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Tomas, your flowers sound beautiful!!..:D
I have always been such a flower junkie, my whole life!..:)
I worked in the floral industry as a designer/manager, for years.. ;)
Here recently, I've really been missing the floral work, and have thought about going out and trying to find me a lil part time job at a Florist, just to fill that lil hole in my heart that misses the work.
It all got started when I had to pull out my Floral skills to create the Swamp and Forests inside the Haunted Houses. Used the skills I learned there, just used much bigger stuff....got me to missing working with beautiful, sweet smelling flowers every day...:P

I think it's awesome that you have such a riot of color and forms happening....:D
I think focusing on
'life, beauty, and color ' in our lives is real important right now, with so much sadness and darkness happening in our World today.

My perrenial beds are starting to go off like a fireworks show too...:)
I am concerned though about my Iris.
I've never seen this before, but the leaves are messed up looking, and they aren't blooming as profusely as they normally do.
The leaves have those spots on them that I have seen pics of on here.
They are small, round 'dead spots', peppered on the leaves.
It is on my Pink Primroses too...the ones under the eaves of the house are fine and gorgeous, but the ones further out along the walk, are covered with those round, dead spots on the leaves.
I saw the pics on here last year, people thought it was the chemicals in the Corexit and stuff from the Gulf causing it.
Never saw any around here , before this Spring...now it's showed up here too.
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Mine sucks right now. It was doing ok, but now something isn't right. I need to give it a lot more attention I think. I know it can work because I had it going well before.

I really want to start to put mine outside, but the weather has been so crappy. I mean low temps, no sun, rain constantly, I think it would be too much of a shock just yet. The next semi-warm not raining day we have I'm gonna do it.

OP, if you could share some links as to the set up you bought, like from Home Depot or Lowes, I would like to check it out. I keep looking at them but I really have no idea what to pick, what bulbs, what set up. Ugh.
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Many have been battleing the same thing you are...just too wet to be able to work the dirt, to move them outside.
My friends Michelle can't get hers out either..no one I know has been able to this year...:P

After seeing the dead spots on the leaves of my perrenials this year, I'm happy I've made the investment to keep them indoors .
Something is going on, that is affecting them badly..don't know if it's from the Gulf, or Fukushima, but something is happening.

To answer your question about my set-up.
It wasn't a kit, or a grow system..it's just stuff I bought seperatly, and put together myself ( because I am a poor person...LOL and don't have a $1000 bucks laying around to get all fancy like)
The lights are just a regular shop light fixture I bought at Lowes. It's the only 1 that had a corded end so they wouldn't require wiring them together, an electrician.
I built the U frames from inexpensive pressure treated 2x4's( they were $.40 cheaper than the regular non-treated ones).
The bulbs for the shoplight fixture also came from Lowes...they have flourescent bulbs that mimic Sunshine, to fit the shop light fixtures...they were $6 and change for 2 bulbs.
So far, the only thing that has had to come from a 'specialty place' has been the 3 G. Nursery Pots I purchased this week.
I had to go to the place here in town that supplies all the Nursery people in the area.
I've found Wal-Mart to be the cheapest place to get the Miraclegrow dirt from...Lowes wanted twice the price for half the size I've been getting from Wally-world.
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I didn't do a garden this year :(, sometimes I do an outdoor garden. I do however, have some awesome, killer tomatoe plants thriving on my patio that get sun, but no rain there. I water them myself, and I too have been collecting water since the day after Fukushima! I started filling my 2 liter DC bottles with treated water when they are empty and now have over 70 added to my water stash.
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Do you all think this is feasable for the long term? The soil has to come from somewhere...right? What about the air? What about the food you can't grow and that may be contaminated from elsewhere? Do you guys ever go outside in the elements, most people do and I'm not being a wise ass, I'm just saying how will you avoid exposure completely?
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I thought you'd tell us u were growing weed. How disappointing
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People tout how great weed is and say it is not addicting and it doesn't cause problems.

Here, you state that you'd rather the OP grow weed than feed his family.

On other threads, people are saying that they'd rather leave their sig. others than to give up weed.

Sounds to me as if weed smokers have a very big problem!!!
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yeah i shop here.

[link to www.htgsupply.com]
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So, what kind of lights and stuff have you purchased?
LOL..looks like the lights there are quite a bit more than then the approx. $60 I have invested in the ones I bought.
I'm sure the more expensive ones are probably better...but I'm just starting out...on a tight budget...:P
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Well you dont always have togo the expencive road, but that site will have a lot of little nit bits you might need or look for.


this is what i run, [link to www.htgsupply.com]

But complet setups can be found for cheaper.the net is your friend.

Tight budget growers have great results, just respect the basics, light , food , air circulation & temps.
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I thought you'd tell us u were growing weed. How disappointing
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People tout how great weed is and say it is not addicting and it doesn't cause problems.

Here, you state that you'd rather the OP grow weed than feed his family.

On other threads, people are saying that they'd rather leave their sig. others than to give up weed.

Sounds to me as if weed smokers have a very big problem!!!
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You can bet those weed tards arnt rapture tards !
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I started my indoor garden a bit ago, coming along nicely.
Only my dirt was free, I *ahem* 'borrowed' it from a nearby house being built. Plus I have a bunny, so I have a constant supply of free fertilizer!
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yeah i shop here.

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So, what kind of lights and stuff have you purchased?
LOL..looks like the lights there are quite a bit more than then the approx. $60 I have invested in the ones I bought.
I'm sure the more expensive ones are probably better...but I'm just starting out...on a tight budget...:P
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Well you dont always have togo the expencive road, but that site will have a lot of little nit bits you might need or look for.


this is what i run, [link to www.htgsupply.com]

But complet setups can be found for cheaper.the net is your friend.

Tight budget growers have great results, just respect the basics, light , food , air circulation & temps.
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WOW!!! That's one Hell of a set-up!
It is quite expensive though...almost works out to $100 a plant, because it only holds 6 plants...:P

Thanks for the positive words about us budget type growers...:)
I think you are right about it...just try and have the basics covered, and it will be fine...:)
LOL..I'm hoping it is anyway..;P

I can see there is 1 thing I don't have that would be really helpful...a timer for the lights.
Right now, I am turning them on when the sun comes up, and off at night, by hand.
That means I am going to have to be here EVERY morning and night to do it..kinda puts a crimp in any type of a social life...LOL
I may just take your suggestion, and check the internet to see if I can find a reasonably priced unit out there... ;)
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Sorry but without HID lighting, you're doomed to produce almost nothing indoors..
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So, what kind of lights and stuff have you purchased?
LOL..looks like the lights there are quite a bit more than then the approx. $60 I have invested in the ones I bought.
I'm sure the more expensive ones are probably better...but I'm just starting out...on a tight budget...:P
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Well you dont always have togo the expencive road, but that site will have a lot of little nit bits you might need or look for.


this is what i run, [link to www.htgsupply.com]

But complet setups can be found for cheaper.the net is your friend.

Tight budget growers have great results, just respect the basics, light , food , air circulation & temps.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1289479


WOW!!! That's one Hell of a set-up!
It is quite expensive though...almost works out to $100 a plant, because it only holds 6 plants...:P

Thanks for the positive words about us budget type growers...:)
I think you are right about it...just try and have the basics covered, and it will be fine...:)
LOL..I'm hoping it is anyway..;P

I can see there is 1 thing I don't have that would be really helpful...a timer for the lights.
Right now, I am turning them on when the sun comes up, and off at night, by hand.
That means I am going to have to be here EVERY morning and night to do it..kinda puts a crimp in any type of a social life...LOL
I may just take your suggestion, and check the internet to see if I can find a reasonably priced unit out there... ;)
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again you need HID lighting, not to mention, hand cranking the lights is a BADDDD idea, a lot of plants require a very specific number of hours of darkness and light, it's what tells the plant exactly what season it is. If you screw up the plants will go into shock.
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I didn't do a garden this year :(, sometimes I do an outdoor garden. I do however, have some awesome, killer tomatoe plants thriving on my patio that get sun, but no rain there. I water them myself, and I too have been collecting water since the day after Fukushima! I started filling my 2 liter DC bottles with treated water when they are empty and now have over 70 added to my water stash.
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Do you all think this is feasable for the long term? The soil has to come from somewhere...right? What about the air? What about the food you can't grow and that may be contaminated from elsewhere? Do you guys ever go outside in the elements, most people do and I'm not being a wise ass, I'm just saying how will you avoid exposure completely?
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If you already have the soil, why would you need more?
Right now, the soil that is packaged for sale, has not been exposed to the fallout...it was packaged before the event occured.
Just make sure that it hasn't been soaked with rain, and it's all good.
The air is being filtered thru the house system.
True, it won't get 100% of all the fallout...but it sure will catch quite a bit of it.
The plants will not be sitting out in the open air 24/7..with it accumulating on their leaves, and getting highly soaked with it everytime it rains.

About the other food...well, people will just have to do the best they can, and try and avoid buying stuff that has been produced in the hardest hit areas.
Right now, a good place to be getting it from is the Southern Hemisphere...

I have been going outside, on a very limited basis...and when I do, I cover up, head to toe with clothing of some sort...change immediatly when I get home.
I also don't go out in the rain..
When I am at home, and outside doing something like working in the flower beds..I'm wearing a dust mask, trying not to accidentally inhale any of the crap.

We will never be able to avoid exposure 100%, but it will help, if you take steps to protect what is going in your body.
If there is any way of trying to cut my Cancer risks...I'm gonna try it....because I just don't want to die that way.

I may not be able to completly keep myself free of fallout...but I sure am going to be making a big effort, and hopefully, I will have some success in limiting my exposure to it.
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This week, I've been working on getting the indoor garden truly set up.
My baby plants were coming out of their second bigger houses, so It really needed to get moving along!

I went to Lowes and found some nice shop light fixtures, that have a corded end, so I won't have to wire them together, they were $49 apiece, and hold 4, 4' bulbs .
I got 2 of them, 8 'sunshine' bulbs.
I bought 6 2x4x8's, and cut them down a bit in size...nailed them together to make a wooden U shape..I used barb-wire fence staples to use as 'hangers' on the top 2x4.( I did this, because I needed to not obstruct the overhead door. It is still easily close-able, should a bad storm come rolling in)
After they were together, I stood them up and put each leg of the U into a single concrete block, and filled in around the 2x4 with small gravel.
The lights hang from the top of the U, on chains, so I can adjust the light, up or down, as the plants require it.( the chains hook into the staple with an S hook)

I took a huge piece of clear heavy plastic and first duct taped it over the garage door opening...both inside and outside, over the opening, and then I went back and used tacks to tack into the wood facing of the garage door on the outside.

It's looking really good!!! ..:D

My friend Michelle, brought me a bunch of Kitty Litter buckets that she had been saving ( LOL she has 9 cats and uses 3 of them a week!!!)...and they are the perfect size for holding a tomato plant, or an eggplant plant...:)
So, now, I have this cool little set-up happening in the garage!...:D
Since moving the babies into their bigger houses...it looks like I have a kick ass lil garden already happening!

This entire project...including the 8 bags of 2 cu.ft., Miracle Grow dirt to fill all those buckets up( 31, 20 liter)....has cost me less than $300...about $250 to be exact.
About the same as 1 trip to the grocery store these days...:P
I don't think it's too great of an expense to not be worth doing.
It's the ONLY way, I'll know 100% for sure, that my veggies are free of radioactive fallout.
Is $250 too much to spend for that kind of assurance of food safety?
I've also been storing water...everytime I empty a distilled water jug...I refill it with more water, to use later in the year to water the plants with...when the radiation levels in our tap water become high...I'll have some water not so heavily contaminated, to care for the garden with...:)
I've been squirreling the water away, since the day I saw those 2 reactors explode over there...so I have a pretty good stash happening.

So far, I have, tomatos, sweet peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and broccoli growing in the basement..:)
I plan on having some greenbeans, squash, and melons too.
I have a whiskey barrel that has been cut in half..I'm thinking it will be a good place to make a mini- greenbean Teepee in...:)
And I have seveal long windowboxes, that I think will work for the squash and stuff that isn't real deep rooted, they can consider the windowbox their 'hill'..spill out across the floor with their vines...:)

Anyone else doing an 'indoor garden' this year?
I'd love to hear about your set-up....have your's is doing so far...:)
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Hum, great. Oh btw, radioactivity goes through walls...
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So, what kind of lights and stuff have you purchased?
LOL..looks like the lights there are quite a bit more than then the approx. $60 I have invested in the ones I bought.
I'm sure the more expensive ones are probably better...but I'm just starting out...on a tight budget...:P
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Well you dont always have togo the expencive road, but that site will have a lot of little nit bits you might need or look for.


this is what i run, [link to www.htgsupply.com]

But complet setups can be found for cheaper.the net is your friend.

Tight budget growers have great results, just respect the basics, light , food , air circulation & temps.
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WOW!!! That's one Hell of a set-up!
It is quite expensive though...almost works out to $100 a plant, because it only holds 6 plants...:P

Thanks for the positive words about us budget type growers...:)
I think you are right about it...just try and have the basics covered, and it will be fine...:)
LOL..I'm hoping it is anyway..;P

I can see there is 1 thing I don't have that would be really helpful...a timer for the lights.
Right now, I am turning them on when the sun comes up, and off at night, by hand.
That means I am going to have to be here EVERY morning and night to do it..kinda puts a crimp in any type of a social life...LOL
I may just take your suggestion, and check the internet to see if I can find a reasonably priced unit out there... ;)
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again you need HID lighting, not to mention, hand cranking the lights is a BADDDD idea, a lot of plants require a very specific number of hours of darkness and light, it's what tells the plant exactly what season it is. If you screw up the plants will go into shock.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1220093


Why? Why are the sunshine bulbs no good at all?

I know how very important light is to the plants, and the timing of it.
It won't shock the plants...it will confuse them if the light schedule is screwy. They won't know when it is time to flower,set seed ect.
I have a huge source of Natural light..an entire floor to ceiling wall of Natural Light coming in the plant room.
The artificial lights are not my only light source...they are a suppliment to it, and that's all.
I could see the need if I had no Natural light at all...but I don't think with so much natural light, they would need to have those expensive, heat producing lights.
I'm liking that the lights I have now don't generate heat.
I won't be mistaken as a Weed Grower..LOL..hopefully won't have the cops here conducting a search of my growing operations!
I should say...I'm not a 'Newbie" gardener.
I've gardened my whole life, and spent several years working in the plant/seed industry, for Bunton Seed Co.

This is just my first attempt at an indoor veggie garden.
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Sorry but without HID lighting, you're doomed to produce almost nothing indoors..
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Then why are they looking so fabulous?!!

I've had a Hopi Ceremonial Tobacco plant that has been blooming and setting seed in my house since I brought it inside, last Fall....and I have no HID light, or any type of supplimental light to it at all!
It's just in the bay window, and it's doing fantastic.
So, I'm not believing you.

The lil plants downstairs are on the same side of the house...and they have a floor to celiling huge window of natural light, plus the supplimetal sunshine lights.
I think they are going to be just fine.

You shouldn't be so negative, really.
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This week, I've been working on getting the indoor garden truly set up.
My baby plants were coming out of their second bigger houses, so It really needed to get moving along!

I went to Lowes and found some nice shop light fixtures, that have a corded end, so I won't have to wire them together, they were $49 apiece, and hold 4, 4' bulbs .
I got 2 of them, 8 'sunshine' bulbs.
I bought 6 2x4x8's, and cut them down a bit in size...nailed them together to make a wooden U shape..I used barb-wire fence staples to use as 'hangers' on the top 2x4.( I did this, because I needed to not obstruct the overhead door. It is still easily close-able, should a bad storm come rolling in)
After they were together, I stood them up and put each leg of the U into a single concrete block, and filled in around the 2x4 with small gravel.
The lights hang from the top of the U, on chains, so I can adjust the light, up or down, as the plants require it.( the chains hook into the staple with an S hook)

I took a huge piece of clear heavy plastic and first duct taped it over the garage door opening...both inside and outside, over the opening, and then I went back and used tacks to tack into the wood facing of the garage door on the outside.

It's looking really good!!! ..:D

My friend Michelle, brought me a bunch of Kitty Litter buckets that she had been saving ( LOL she has 9 cats and uses 3 of them a week!!!)...and they are the perfect size for holding a tomato plant, or an eggplant plant...:)
So, now, I have this cool little set-up happening in the garage!...:D
Since moving the babies into their bigger houses...it looks like I have a kick ass lil garden already happening!

This entire project...including the 8 bags of 2 cu.ft., Miracle Grow dirt to fill all those buckets up( 31, 20 liter)....has cost me less than $300...about $250 to be exact.
About the same as 1 trip to the grocery store these days...:P
I don't think it's too great of an expense to not be worth doing.
It's the ONLY way, I'll know 100% for sure, that my veggies are free of radioactive fallout.
Is $250 too much to spend for that kind of assurance of food safety?
I've also been storing water...everytime I empty a distilled water jug...I refill it with more water, to use later in the year to water the plants with...when the radiation levels in our tap water become high...I'll have some water not so heavily contaminated, to care for the garden with...:)
I've been squirreling the water away, since the day I saw those 2 reactors explode over there...so I have a pretty good stash happening.

So far, I have, tomatos, sweet peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, and broccoli growing in the basement..:)
I plan on having some greenbeans, squash, and melons too.
I have a whiskey barrel that has been cut in half..I'm thinking it will be a good place to make a mini- greenbean Teepee in...:)
And I have seveal long windowboxes, that I think will work for the squash and stuff that isn't real deep rooted, they can consider the windowbox their 'hill'..spill out across the floor with their vines...:)

Anyone else doing an 'indoor garden' this year?
I'd love to hear about your set-up....have your's is doing so far...:)
 Quoting: Woodsprite


Hum, great. Oh btw, radioactivity goes through walls...
 Quoting: AxE-i-DeNt


LOL..thankfully, I'm not sitting next to the Corium Blob, so I don't think I'll have to be too awfully concerned about it coming thru the walls...:P
On a good note...2 of the walls in the garage, are built into the hillside, and are about a foot and half thick concrete...:)
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I started my indoor garden a bit ago, coming along nicely.
Only my dirt was free, I *ahem* 'borrowed' it from a nearby house being built. Plus I have a bunny, so I have a constant supply of free fertilizer!
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Yeah! for indoor gardens!pump2

Good to hear it's going well for ya!...:)

Can't beat free! ;D

What are you growing?..:)
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I started my indoor garden a bit ago, coming along nicely.
Only my dirt was free, I *ahem* 'borrowed' it from a nearby house being built. Plus I have a bunny, so I have a constant supply of free fertilizer!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1082493


Yeah! for indoor gardens!pump2

Good to hear it's going well for ya!...:)

Can't beat free! ;D

What are you growing?..:)
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I have cherry and roma tomatoes, buttercrunch and grand rapids lettuce, green and red peppers, green and yellow beans, spinach, scallions, red onion, regular and garlic chives, and radish so far *whew*!
Still need to plant some peas and potatoes though, kinda forgot those when I did the others 1doh1
Can't wait!

Happy gardening OP cheers
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I started my indoor garden a bit ago, coming along nicely.
Only my dirt was free, I *ahem* 'borrowed' it from a nearby house being built. Plus I have a bunny, so I have a constant supply of free fertilizer!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1082493


Yeah! for indoor gardens!pump2

Good to hear it's going well for ya!...:)

Can't beat free! ;D

What are you growing?..:)
 Quoting: Woodsprite


I have cherry and roma tomatoes, buttercrunch and grand rapids lettuce, green and red peppers, green and yellow beans, spinach, scallions, red onion, regular and garlic chives, and radish so far *whew*!
Still need to plant some peas and potatoes though, kinda forgot those when I did the others 1doh1
Can't wait!

Happy gardening OP cheers
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Wow!!
You have the whole She-bang happening!! :D

So, what are you using for the root crops to grow in?
I've been thinking about the tater thing, and don't think they would do well in the plastic containers...carrots too.
I was thinking about making some sort of shallow box/bed and filling it with dirt, see if they would grow and be happy in there..
What do ya think?

I hear ya about being excited about the garden, I am too...:)
LOL..I've been spending quite a bit of time 'fussing over' the babies...down there talking to them, trying to get everything the way they like it.
I feel like old friends that have been away a very long time, have returned, and I'm just so happy to have them back!...:D
LMAO..the other morning when I went and turned on their lights...I noticed I was singing to them.
Thankfully, the plants don't realize I can't carry a tune in a bucket...and managed to enjoy the song..at least that is the story they are stickin' with..;P
The song..: Morning has Broken...LOL

Cheers..my fellow plant lover... :)
drinks
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Tomas, your flowers sound beautiful!!..:D
I have always been such a flower junkie, my whole life!..:)
I worked in the floral industry as a designer/manager, for years.. ;)
Here recently, I've really been missing the floral work, and have thought about going out and trying to find me a lil part time job at a Florist, just to fill that lil hole in my heart that misses the work.
It all got started when I had to pull out my Floral skills to create the Swamp and Forests inside the Haunted Houses. Used the skills I learned there, just used much bigger stuff....got me to missing working with beautiful, sweet smelling flowers every day...:P

I think it's awesome that you have such a riot of color and forms happening....:D
I think focusing on
'life, beauty, and color ' in our lives is real important right now, with so much sadness and darkness happening in our World today.

My perrenial beds are starting to go off like a fireworks show too...:)
I am concerned though about my Iris.
I've never seen this before, but the leaves are messed up looking, and they aren't blooming as profusely as they normally do.
The leaves have those spots on them that I have seen pics of on here.
They are small, round 'dead spots', peppered on the leaves.
It is on my Pink Primroses too...the ones under the eaves of the house are fine and gorgeous, but the ones further out along the walk, are covered with those round, dead spots on the leaves.
I saw the pics on here last year, people thought it was the chemicals in the Corexit and stuff from the Gulf causing it.
Never saw any around here , before this Spring...now it's showed up here too.
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That is interesting about the Iris plants. Only about 1/3 rd of my dafodils came up this year and they wern't nearly as big as they were last year. That thread you mentioned about the corexit was probably the one Corizon posted about her blackberries. I posted on that thread as well, because my raspberries were doing the same thing. I just pulled the pics from photobucket for my pics of my raspberries posted on that thread the other day; interesting that it comes up now. here is the link to that thread for refrence if you want it.
BURN THE OIL - POISON THE RAIN - Blackberry Plants Dying Panama City & Destin Florida (Photos)
Thread: BURN THE OIL - POISON THE RAIN - Blackberry Plants Dying Panama City & Destin Florida (Photos)

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