For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Mar 28

Your Questions About Gardening

Helen asks…

What are the easiest things to grow indoors?

Say from your own experience from growing things indoors. I would like to know because I would like to grow indoors during the winter plus I live in an apartment.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs anything simple that don’t need extremely huge pots.


GardenersCardiff answers:

If you are looking for ornamental plants to grow indoors, the Pothos is almost impossible to kill! It is an attractive, viney plant that will grow in bad soil, withstand forgetting to water it, and does well in filtered to dim light (bright sun will burn the leaves). Spider plants are also very forgiving, as are heart-leafed philodendrons (I have one of those that I’ve had for almost 8 years, it has moved 4 times with me, and actually spent two days locked in a trailer while we drove through the desert and it STILL survived! It has tendrils more than 10 feet long!). Plants from the Ivy family are also easy to grow and very forgiving of neglect.

Fruits and veggies are not so easy to grow indoors, but some herbs will do well if you have a very sunny window sill for them. I almost always have a pot of basil in the kitchen window and thyme, parsley, oregano and marjoram do well on windowsills.

Betty asks…

I’m starting a mini greenhouse what do I need to start growing?

So I’ve learned you can start your own garden with an egg carton. I want to put various tomato seeds, a few herbs and red onion into it. then pot them. I’m in Minnesota and it’s just started to warm up here for the summer. Now I need some advice on how to do this properly.

I was hoping to put all the plants into one pot, would they turn out alright?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Im not sure what you mean by a mini greenhouse; something say 8ft x 8ft you can walk in? A cold frame on the ground? (i have both, in ohio)
it may be late to start tomatoes in minnesota, when they give a “75day” maturity on the packet, thats time from transplanting…typically one would start seed 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting…

With that caveat, i think an egg carton is too shallow to seed in, but you might get away with it if you transplant quickly after you get 2 true leafs…growing tomatoes in a pot takes at least 2 gallons, with 5 gallons size better; the roots of onion and herbs wouldnt compete, so id imagine you could grow a few alongside…if youre going to keep the pot in your greenhouse, it will grow faster than outside; and to keep the greenhouse warm in the fall use 5 gallon black water buckets to absorb daytime heat, and thus keep the greenhouse warmer at night

Donna asks…

Are You interested in developing a Community Garden?

Acommunity garden is available to all at the Stratton School, come help us build it, build your own flower garden, Herb Garden, or your own veggies, all organically grown. NO FEE.

GardenersCardiff answers:

No, I’m not interested.

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