The Indoor Kitchen Garden

This is one of my treasures from the library--a book almost as old as I am, but packed with still-useful information.

The premise of the book is that more and more people live in apartments, some even without balconies, but they want to grow crops (spot on, Spoczynska!). Beyond the repetitive "lots of sun, moisture-retaining well-draining soil, use compost, mist for extra humidity," the author gives a lot of plant-specific hints (cover some plants during hottest/brightest portion of the day or locate them elsewhere, some plants can be grown either indoors or on a balcony and some really shouldn't go outside, etc.).

Although only a small selection of crops were included in the book (basil, bay, chervil, chives, dill, garlic, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme; bean sprouts, mushrooms; cucumber, green onion, tomato, radish, lettuce, land cress, melon; pepper, French bean, runner bean, zucchini, eggplant, spinach; potato, pea, broad bean), she lists a whole heck of a lot of specific varieties noted to be worthwhile within containers or indoors (although I'm not certain how much value that is, because most suggested varieties are hybrids, and I'm more of an heirloom guy). But here, here's the big bonus: Spoczynska lists minimum pot sizes for good growth and harvest. Almost all veggies she listed can be grown in seven-inch pots. Granted, they're often dwarf varieties, but according to her, you can still get a fair harvest. Those pots don't take up much room, and necessary pot size was the big question I had in considering selling vegetable seedlings that are good for growing indoors.

Reading this book just further encouraged me to start up a plant-sale business for the indoor cropper. It was all I could do not to put down the book and go out to buy more fluorescent lights to start seeds.

Despite a few typographical and design glitches in the book, I rate it pretty high, if only for the inspirational element and the author's confirmation of my observation that despite growing indoors, plant growth is still often tied to the outside seasons. It's also going to be my "Here's how you grow this seedling after you buy it from me" handbook.

It's only a matter of time and experience... I don't know how steady the business will be, but next year, I'll be at at least three events selling vegetable seedlings for growing indoors. And I can start a new movement in the states: growing pumpkins indoors! YES!

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One Response to The Indoor Kitchen Garden

  1. Grin!
    Looking forward to your first book.

    BTW, do you still have that packet the strawberry seeds came in? If so, please take a picture and convince we because I don't believe there is such a thing as strawberry seeds in a packet.:-)
    Doubting Jo



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