If you have been reading awhile, you may remember back to last year when I ordered this hydroponic garden to grow vegetables indoors because my outdoor critter situation was just too ridiculous.
This is what it looked like back in early summer with some vegetables in it.
But in December I decided that I wanted a change of pace–as well as something that would do well in the cold temperatures of my house in the winter months. So I started 2 kinds of pansies and snapdragons.
Here are the black pansies. The red ones are much slower and still haven’t flowered but they have budded.
And of course the snapdragons are going like crazy. I bought extensions for the lights so that everything wasn’t always hitting them–finally. I should have done that with the tomatoes last summer.
The Spoiler is asking to try kale–kale? Seriously? So the next round of crops will be vegetative again. Maybe I will throw in at least one flower for color. I don’t see him eating much kale.
Meanwhile, this planting has gotten my gardener’s soul through a long, icy winter.
Snapdragons are not exactly easy . . . or are they? I know that, here, they do not last long before succumbing to rust. Yet, they seem happier in more humid climates. I really do not know what makes them happy. They do well in Palm Springs, supposedly because of the aridity.
They are ridiculously easy in this garden in my cool house. I have never tried them from seed before but they are going like crazy. My sister in Oklahoma has one of these gardens too–she bought it after seeing mine–and she was also able to grow snapdragons indoors with no trouble. She tried them last fall.
Outdoors we grow them here as cooler season annuals. They tend to stop flowering in the heat of summer for us, which makes them kind of useless for color. But if you plant them with something else, as soon as the cooler weather comes back, they’ll flower again. Pansies don’t do that for us–we usually have to replace them.