I couldn't find a indoor gardening forum so I decided to start a thread here since my garden is 100% organic. Indoor gardening may be a bit controversial and I hope to prove it's worth to other helpfulgardening.com'ers :).
The setup -
1 300 watt 2'x4' T5 light fixture with daylight bulbs
1 2'x4' dark room tent from ebay (not really need)
The tent gets way to hot with the zipper doors closed so it stays open with a box fan blowing in to keep the temps in check. This isn't needed if you don't use a grow tent. I did try centrifugal fans and ducting for closed ventilation which wasn't strong enough and lead to temps getting into the mid 90's. This is probably because I bought the cheapest fan possible.
It's a great conversation starter whenever someone visits they always want to see how the indoor garden is doing :). So it works out great.
Currently I'm still learning what plants do well indoors and which don't. For example cucumbers don't seem to want their roots restricted much this had lead to yellowing leaves and rather sad looking plant. Other than that though all other plants seem to be doing well.
On to the plants
2 Blueberry just starting to leaf out the plants were collected form a rather large wild stand here in southern Maine.
6 Wild Hard wood high bush blueberry cuttings I'm trying to root in a small tub tote. It gets sprayed every day or two to keep the humidity up. The cuttings are about 1 month old so far so good. :)
1 Dwarf banana tree - Has been growing vary well form a small seedling purchased on amazon. It is now about 1 foot tall and roughly 8 months old.
1 Pineapple plant planted with the banana tree in a large container to save space. It also seems to be doing vary good.
1 Mini Yellow Bell pepper seedling. Haven't had the best of luck with these so we'll have to see how this does.
2 Chinese Elm tree seedlings.
2 Dwarf Orange tree seedlings (also about 8 months old) These were kept in a 3 inch container for about 6 of the 8 months it's stayed vary small. All growth is nice and green though. Ever since transplanting into a 1 gallon grow bag it has exploded with new lush green growth.
1 Goji Berry plant - For whatever reason this thing doesn't want to send side shoots and has grown to tall so I tied it over with string hoping this will help.
1 Red and green Coleus plant. It may need to be removed since it grows rather fast but nonetheless it's pretty.
Last but certainly not least
3 Ever baring Strawberry plants I transplanted into a 1 gallon container this morning.
I'll take a bunch of pics a later today and update this thread with any info that may be helpful for the new indoor gardener or anyone considering gardening indoors with florescent lighting.
Also if you just want to check out an indoor garden this thread will be pic heavy!
Most of these plants could be grown in a south facing window (Which I don't have) if you'd rather not grow with lighting. Although it hasn't affected my electric bill much if at all and the light runs from when I wake up till bed time.
Umm that's about it for now TTFN
Here are the dirty strawberries