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Indoor Gardening

It's been an unseasonably cool year in New England, and after having our first frost warning come this week (really early!), we quickly picked our tomatoes to let them ripen inside.

If you're like me and you love the taste of garden fresh fruits and veggies as well as the eco-friendly benefits of organic gardening and local produce, but you live in a climate where you can't garden year round, there is the option of indoor gardening.

aerogardenThe easiest way to garden indoors is by using an Aerogarden.   It's a hydroponic method of gardening.

At first I was concerned about the energy consumption of it, but it only uses as much energy as a 60 watt bulb.  Not bad!  We've only grown herbs in it (the picture on the left is of the very, very early slepts of that), but now that it's too cold to garden outdoors, we'll be doing some peppers and tomatoes.  It is really easy to use, even if you don't have a green thumb.  It lights up when it needs more water, so it's really hard to mess up.  We had fresh herbs all winter long!  We ate insane amounts of pesto.  The things you grow from the Aerogarden are also typically organic, because you don't need pesticides since the garden is inside.

You don't need a hydroponic system to do indoor gardening, however.  There are lots of things you can grow inside, especially if you have lots of sunlight.  Herbs are often recommended, but the one time I tried to grow some herbs in containers on the windowsill, nothing did too, I stick to the Aerogarden!

Cherry tomatoes and lettuce are other things you can grow inside.  Just make sure you have a window facing south so they can get enough sun exposure.  If you have room, you can even grow a lemon tree indoors!  (I'd love to try this one if I ever live somewhere with enough space!) 

Oh, and if you're having to scramble to pick tomatoes before the first frost just like we did, you can freeze or can them so you have homegrown tomatoes in your freezer!  I like to make stuff from my garden last as long as possible, even after gardening season is over. 

Enjoy your indoor gardens!  It's wonderful to have fresh and organic produce at your fingertips, and what better way to rid yourself of winter blues than to see, smell, and eat fresh basil growing in your kitchen?