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    notbob Guest

    Default Winter indoor herb garden

    Is it possible? I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. I'm
    a no-gardening thumb. What I gotta do?

    nb

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 27, 4:05*pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > Is it possible? *I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. *I'm
    > a no-gardening thumb. *What I gotta do?
    >
    > nb


    Go to a plant store or nursery and buy them already growing in little
    pots, and stck them in your window, and don't forget
    to water.

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    Mark Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 27, 7:05*pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > Is it possible? *I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. *I'm
    > a no-gardening thumb. *What I gotta do?
    >
    > nb


    I can't understate the value of Miracle-grow liquid
    fertilizer. (blue water) It really works. Windows are
    good, but you really want to also have a lamp.
    I suggest a clamp-on desk lamp with bendable
    neck. Plants love lamp-light in winter.

    <g> And make sure the police don't see your
    "crop". Kidding!

    ---
    Mark

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    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:05:00 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Is it possible? I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. I'm
    >a no-gardening thumb. What I gotta do?


    I thought when I moved to Florida that things grew all year long. I
    was so wrong about that assumption. Every plant has a "life cycle"
    and most of the time, you can't alter the growing season of the
    plant.

    If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    try to make them grow. As winter approaches in North America, that
    might be a hard project to complete. Plants don't adapt to our
    desires. Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    just not long enough to encourage growth and development.




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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On 2010-09-27, Mr Bill <[email protected]> wrote:

    > If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    > try to make them grow. As winter approaches in North America, that
    > might be a hard project to complete. Plants don't adapt to our
    > desires. Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    > just not long enough to encourage growth and development.



    Thanks for the thoughtful insights, Bill. I'll try not to expect too
    much and will mug the nursery ppl for more detailed info.

    nb

  6. #6
    Mark Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 27, 8:01*pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > On 2010-09-27, Mr *Bill <bb0...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    > > try to make them grow. * As winter approaches in North America, that
    > > might be a hard project to complete. * Plants don't adapt to our
    > > desires. * * *Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    > > just not long enough to encourage growth and development. * *

    >
    > Thanks for the thoughtful insights, Bill. *I'll try not to expect too
    > much and will mug the nursery ppl for more detailed info.
    >
    > nb


    The plants won't know it's winter if you use a
    lamp. Without a lamp, you'll have zero luck.

    ---
    Mark

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:05:00 GMT, notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Is it possible? I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. I'm
    > a no-gardening thumb. What I gotta do?
    >

    Sounds like you have the right conditions. Make sure your house isn't
    freezing cold inside like it was last year. You can't put a parka on
    parsley.


    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 27, 4:37*pm, Mark <blueriver...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > On Sep 27, 7:05*pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    >
    > > Is it possible? *I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. *I'm
    > > a no-gardening thumb. *What I gotta do?

    >
    > > nb

    >
    > I can't understate the value of Miracle-grow liquid
    > fertilizer. (blue water) *It really works. Windows are
    > good, but you really want to also have a lamp.
    > I suggest a clamp-on desk lamp with bendable
    > neck. Plants love lamp-light in winter.
    >
    > <g> And make sure the police don't see your
    > * * * "crop". *Kidding!
    >


    GE makes an array of plant lights, including a T8 fluorescent tube
    (13.5 in long). I suggest getting a lamp that can hold two: a plant
    light and a regular fluorescent. This will promote foliage growth.

    We'll start vegetable seedlings the same way, but under a shop light
    that holds standard length tubes. Our local hardware stocks grow
    lights.

    Growers of the whacky tobacky use much brighter lights than these.

    Surly Table carried Aerostar (or whatever) herb growers last winter. I
    wonder if those are any good.

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    projectile vomit chick Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 28, 12:36*am, spamtrap1888 <spamtrap1...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > GE makes an array of plant lights, including a T8 fluorescent tube
    > (13.5 in long). I suggest getting a lamp that can hold two: a plant
    > light and a regular fluorescent. This will promote foliage growth.


    LOL is this Cheech or Chong?




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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden


    "notbob" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:ffaoo.11123$[email protected]..
    > On 2010-09-27, Mr Bill <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    >> try to make them grow. As winter approaches in North America, that
    >> might be a hard project to complete. Plants don't adapt to our
    >> desires. Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    >> just not long enough to encourage growth and development.

    >
    >
    > Thanks for the thoughtful insights, Bill. I'll try not to expect too
    > much and will mug the nursery ppl for more detailed info.
    >
    > nb


    Grow lights. Really.



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    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Giusi" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "notbob" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    > news:ffaoo.11123$[email protected]..
    > > On 2010-09-27, Mr Bill <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    > >> try to make them grow. As winter approaches in North America, that
    > >> might be a hard project to complete. Plants don't adapt to our
    > >> desires. Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    > >> just not long enough to encourage growth and development.

    > >
    > >
    > > Thanks for the thoughtful insights, Bill. I'll try not to expect too
    > > much and will mug the nursery ppl for more detailed info.
    > >
    > > nb

    >
    > Grow lights. Really.


    And a timer. Really. At any hardware store (or most stores). Set it
    once and forget it, and it runs forever. Cheap:

    http://www.walgreens.com/store/catal...l-Daily-Timer/
    ID=prod5639216-product

    I have one on my aquarium.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    notbob wrote:
    >
    > Is it possible? I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. I'm
    > a no-gardening thumb. What I gotta do?


    Aerogarden. High tech gadetry for it. Extremely nice if you can find
    one at a yard sale but we got ours at a model clearance sale at Bed,
    Bath and Beyond. Endless home grown winter basil and other herbs.

    Plants care about the timing of their light. The sun is not up long
    enough in the winter. You can cobble together a timer on a grow bulb
    and it will work just as well as an Aerogarden.

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:58:54 -0700 (PDT), projectile vomit chick wrote:

    > On Sep 28, 12:36*am, spamtrap1888 <spamtrap1...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> GE makes an array of plant lights, including a T8 fluorescent tube
    >> (13.5 in long). I suggest getting a lamp that can hold two: a plant
    >> light and a regular fluorescent. This will promote foliage growth.

    >
    > LOL is this Cheech or Chong?


    they kick you out of rehab again?

    blake

  14. #14
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 07:39:27 -0700, Dan Abel <[email protected]> wrote:

    > And a timer. Really. At any hardware store (or most stores). Set it
    > once and forget it, and it runs forever. Cheap:
    >
    > http://www.walgreens.com/store/catal...l-Daily-Timer/
    > ID=prod5639216-product
    >
    > I have one on my aquarium.


    Timers are a good thing, those pin type timers are not. Our other
    timers have been dying due to old age, so we bought a couple of those
    pin type timers a year ago. The first vacation we went on, neither
    one went on and off the way we thought we'd set them. We fiddled and
    fiddled, last vacation - one worked the way we thought we'd set it,
    the other didn't. Dang, blasted things.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 28, 8:43*am, Doug Freyburger <dfrey...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > notbob wrote:
    >
    > > Is it possible? *I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. *I'm
    > > a no-gardening thumb. *What I gotta do?

    >
    > Aerogarden. *High tech gadetry for it. *Extremely nice if you can find
    > one at a yard sale but we got ours at a model clearance sale at Bed,
    > Bath and Beyond. *Endless home grown winter basil and other herbs.
    >


    Aerogarden. That was the name I couldn't remember from Surly Table.

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    Mark wrote:
    >notbob wrote:
    >> Is it possible? *I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. *I'm
    >> a no-gardening thumb. *What I gotta do?
    >>

    >I suggest a clamp-on desk lamp with bendable
    >neck. Plants love lamp-light in winter.


    Ordinary lighting will do nothing but overheat/dry your plants. For
    plants to grow they require lamps that emit light of the proper
    spectrum and do not radiate excessive heat when placed near enough to
    do any good. There are "grow-light" lamps one can purchase at most
    any hardware store/plant nursery... they work very well, used for home
    aquariums too. You really don't want to place your plants in a
    window, windows may be too drafty/cold, you don't want your plants
    where they'll be affected by a heat source either... most window glass
    today also filters out much the type of radiation plants need to
    support photosynthesis. It's best to obtain an indoor plant growing
    system unit, shelves with built in grow lights, can be placed most
    anywhere and easily rolled about as desired. House windows typically
    do not receive enough hours of full sun for plants to do well, and
    often what direct sunlight they do receive through glass radiates too
    much heat causing plants to literally cook.

    Many choices for all pocketbooks:
    http://homeharvest.com/lightingmain.htm

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 28, 9:12*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 07:39:27 -0700, Dan Abel <da...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > > And a timer. *Really. *At any hardware store (or most stores). *Set it
    > > once and forget it, and it runs forever. *Cheap:

    >
    > >http://www.walgreens.com/store/catal...nical-Daily-Ti...
    > > ID=prod5639216-product

    >
    > > I have one on my aquarium.

    >
    > Timers are a good thing, those pin type timers are not. *Our other
    > timers have been dying due to old age, so we bought a couple of those
    > pin type timers a year ago. *The first vacation we went on, neither
    > one went on and off the way we thought we'd set them. *We fiddled and
    > fiddled, last vacation - one worked the way we thought we'd set it,
    > the other didn't. *Dang, blasted things.


    My not-Made-in-China pin timers work -- the ones where you pull up
    pins in 15 minute increments.

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    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden



    "Doug Freyburger" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:i7t2em$f0h$[email protected]..
    > notbob wrote:
    >>
    >> Is it possible? I've got a bay window that gets lotsa winter sun. I'm
    >> a no-gardening thumb. What I gotta do?

    >
    > Aerogarden. High tech gadetry for it. Extremely nice if you can find
    > one at a yard sale but we got ours at a model clearance sale at Bed,
    > Bath and Beyond. Endless home grown winter basil and other herbs.
    >
    > Plants care about the timing of their light. The sun is not up long
    > enough in the winter. You can cobble together a timer on a grow bulb
    > and it will work just as well as an Aerogarden.


    I have an Aerogarden. I have had it for a few years but never had the
    opportunity to use it. I shall be doing so very soon



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    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    projectile vomit chick Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 28, 11:06*am, blake murphy <blakepmNOTT...@verizon.net> wrote:
    > On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:58:54 -0700 (PDT), projectile vomit chick wrote:
    > > On Sep 28, 12:36*am, spamtrap1888 <spamtrap1...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> GE makes an array of plant lights, including a T8 fluorescent tube
    > >> (13.5 in long). I suggest getting a lamp that can hold two: a plant
    > >> light and a regular fluorescent. This will promote foliage growth.

    >
    > > LOL is this Cheech or Chong?

    >
    > they kick you out of rehab again?


    You couldn't kick anything, you old dog turd.

  20. #20
    aem Guest

    Default Re: Winter indoor herb garden

    On Sep 27, 5:01 pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > On 2010-09-27, Mr Bill <bb0...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > If you can find some small plants in the nursery, I would buy them and
    > > try to make them grow. As winter approaches in North America, that
    > > might be a hard project to complete. Plants don't adapt to our
    > > desires. Plants adapt to the length of sun...and winter sun is
    > > just not long enough to encourage growth and development.

    >
    > Thanks for the thoughtful insights, Bill. I'll try not to expect too
    > much and will mug the nursery ppl for more detailed info.
    >

    Some herbs do well in our cool weather/shorter days growing season
    here in SoCal, so they might be good candidates for you. They include
    dill, fennel, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Hot weather/longer day
    herbs like basil or tarragon won't do well without grow lights. Not
    knowing what your latitude is the best advice is to consult your local
    nursery. Don't go in asking about grow light setups, start with your
    original question about windowsill growing, then let them educate you
    from there. They should routinely know which plants can handle the
    shorter days in your area versus those that need an artificial
    setup. -aem



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