To: momtothree; Red_Devil 232
Hi all, It's possible ~ possible ~ we won't get a night-time frost here in Upper East Tennessee until the end of October. It's been pretty mild so far, and likely will be for a couple more weeks. But I've decided to pot up some of my biennial and perennial herb plants, preparatory to bringing them in and putting them on a sunny south-facing windowsill for the winter.
So far I've potted up
- regular thyme and creeping thyme
- cutting-celery (which is an "herbal" celery that makes flavorful leaves but not stalks)
- garlic (which I just started outdoors a month ago and is about 6 inches high: I use the greens for a garnish, like you'd use chives or green onions);
I'm tempted to dig up some mint, too.
Anybody got any other ideasof smallish plants one can bring inside for the winter? How about greens on a southern windowsill: lettuce? Asian greens?
I don't have money for grow-lights, but I'm thinking I could put reflective white or aluminum-foil covered cardboard panels behind the plants to increase the daytime light exposure. Anybody got any ideas on that?
posted on 10/07/2011 5:53:27 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
(When I grow up I'm gonna settle down/ Chew honeycomb and drive a tractor, grow things in the ground.)
To: Mrs. Don-o
I personally think your idea of bringing the herbs inside is great! I’ve done it with parsley and thyme. I use the t.v. tray stands (the ones you would normally use to set up by a chair to eat in front of the television or for a sick person). I have them by any window with Southern exposure... I am not a type to be overly concerned that a room is out of order so it doesn’t bother me. Fresh herbs make everything taste so much better!
To: Mrs. Don-o
I like tarragon, chives, and parsley in addition to those you listed. Also, I am growing a citrus, new zealand spinach, tomatoes, and stevia. The citrus and spinach did fine last winter in front of my southwest patio door. The other pots were under grow lights at dusk for about 3 additional hours. The T-5 light is great, and I don't even need to turn on the overhead lights or lamps, since it is right next to my work table and computer.
posted on 10/07/2011 8:45:24 AM PDT
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