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Winter Rootcrops Indoors/Containers?

Postby klr650teach » Nov 06, 2011 11:36 pm

Hey all, I have an east facing store front window at my disposal and wondering if I could not grow something like carrots in tote bins placed on a rack/shelf up close to the window over the winter.

Anybody tried anything like this?

Teach....
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Re: Winter Rootcrops Indoors/Containers?

Postby Eeyore » Nov 07, 2011 11:22 am

I really can't say if this will work. I'm going to move this to Veggies and hopefully one of our more experienced veggieheads can answer your question.
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Re: Winter Rootcrops Indoors/Containers?

Postby davefrombc » Nov 07, 2011 11:31 am

I don't think you'll have high enough light levels for most things . The best window for indoor crops are on the south side, but even there winter light levels are generally too low without adding some fluorescent to supplement it . My guess would be you'd have more success with green crops like lettuce, spinach or swiss chard than you would with root crops; but would still need to use added fluorescent to make up for the lower winter light intensity.
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Re: Winter Rootcrops Indoors/Containers?

Postby klr650teach » Nov 08, 2011 11:15 am

Thanks for the replies everyone,

My suspicions have been exactly like Dave suggests.............that there is not enough light in the winter time. Even more so in the Okanagan where the valley is socked in pretty much the whole winter.

But I thought I'd ask to see if anyone had any bright ideas. Thanks again.
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