For those who wanted to know about my basement garden
by, 12-26-2008 at 06:24 PM (484 Views)
I had read about this basement garden in one of "Mel Bartholomew's" older books I got from the library. It ate at me all summer and finally in late October the kids and I built the 4 X4' bed out of regular 2X8 lumber we had on hand and my DH put up a couple saw horses to put it on. I lined it with plastic that I had on hand and then filled it with my regular garden mix of equal parts peat moss, compost and vermiculite. We built a thin frame out of 1x1's into a 4' square with 1 ' blocks to lay on top and then we planted ever 1' area with something different. We have 2 blocks of assorted radishes and 4 blocks with baby carrots. I have 1 block with mache-- I've never grown it before but suppose to be good in a winter garden so we tried it! I have another in parsley and the rest in assorted lettuces. the red Sail lettuce came up really fast it is huge already. The parsley came up fast too and is almost ready to pick. We put two shop lights above it. Mel said to use regular lights not grow lights so we did. It's been a month and a half and we're starting to use from it. I have noticed 2 of the 16 blocks never grew so will replant those in something probably at least one will be radishes and maybe more lettuce. I'm clueless how to add photos here. If I figure it out or some kind soul enlightens me maybe I can take a picture to share! Anyway I wanted to try it and we will most certainly do it again next year but will start earlier! Anything for fresh greens in the dead of winter here in our froze bit of earth!
PS: He said grow lights would dry it out to fast and regular lights were all they needed. I did leave 1 grow light in for a week- one short on regular bulbs and the plants had burned areas on them.