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Old 07-25-2011, 03:36 AM   #1
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Just curious if anyone knows of any good forums or other sites for information for indoor gardening? I am currently enjoying my veggies growing out on my deck in pots and am trying to determine whether doing an indoor setup for the winter(live in MN) would be for me. I live in a split level home and we don't really use the downstairs for much(most of the brew equipment is stored downstairs) so I figured I could do some sort of hydroponic setup in the corner downstairs. It's fake wood laid on top of a concrete downstairs so while I don't anticipate large leaks, it wouldn't be the end of the world either. The reason I am interested in hydroponics is because the I am a little uneasy about large pots of dirt in my home, and hydroponics seem better suited for what I am trying to do.

Now, I have googled this, and the reason I am posting this question here is because I figure the homebrew/wine/cheese making crowd may be into this as well. The reason I asking for suggestions is due to the fact that googling hydroponic gardening supplies brings up a lot of websites that seem more related to growing other types of not so legal plants. I am looking for resources for growing 100% legal plants, mostly veggies and possibly some fruits.

Any suggestions?

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Old 07-25-2011, 03:59 AM   #2
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I am looking for resources for growing 100% legal plants, mostly veggies and possibly some fruits.

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Suuuure you are, buddy....is that what their calling it nowadays? - Fruit and veggies? Haha, just teasin'.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:52 AM   #3
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Midwest sells that stuff. Maybe head down there and talk to them.

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Old 07-25-2011, 05:51 AM   #4
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Midwest sells that stuff. Maybe head down there and talk to them.
You know I thought I'd remembered seeing some of that stuff down there, but then I went to double check tonight and they don't have any of it listed on their website.....wondering if they don't want to be associated with the usual types of sites that sell hydroponic setups online

That would be one source for equipment and advice, but I was also looking for some sort of online forum, similar to homebrewtalk, for indoor gardening where I could ask questions as they come up.

I'm also curious if anyone has experience with this and can comment on the cost/savings aspect of a hydroponic garden vs. buying fresh produce from your local market(big chain or farmers market). I eat the cherry tomatos growing on my deck right now like candy, and absolutely love fresh veggies, but I'm also curious if I could see any reduction in my grocery bill with one of these setups(reduction taking into account the amount of money spent on maintaining the garden, not just a reduction in my grocery budget).
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Well, a few years ago I used to grow hydroponically. I won't mention what I was growing.

Let me just say that the cost is probably prohibitive for anything but a cash crop. between the hydro setup, the lights and electricity, and the nutrients, you are better to take a trip to Mexico every year and enjoy tropical fruit in the winter.

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growing illegal products is quite like growing tomatos. the equipment you would be using would be the same. nutrient amount/ratios woul be different. many of the illegal sites still talk about growing food indoors. but organic soil setups can yeild virtually the same amout of stuff such as peppers and tomatos. cfl(compact floros-the squiggly bulbs) can also provide enough lumens for what you are doing. also it would be much cheaper. i was running a 3x3foot closet of growing space with nothing but cfl's and soil.

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I moved my tomatoes indoors last year and continued to have fresh 'matos until Thanksgiving. Eventually they withered and died, but I was just using a few plant bulbs in a standard light fixture and the plants had been outside through the summer.

One problem I ran into were gnats breeding in the soil of the pots. Some playsand on the surface will help avoid that.

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the cfl's will do a better job than the plant bulbs as main light, you really only want to use the plant bulbs to add the red and blue spectrums that you dont get from the cfl's

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Well, a few years ago I used to grow hydroponically. I won't mention what I was growing.

Let me just say that the cost is probably prohibitive for anything but a cash crop. between the hydro setup, the lights and electricity, and the nutrients, you are better to take a trip to Mexico every year and enjoy tropical fruit in the winter.
By "prohibitively expensive" are you referring to hundreds, or thousands of dollars for a small setup?
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I moved my tomatoes indoors last year and continued to have fresh 'matos until Thanksgiving. Eventually they withered and died, but I was just using a few plant bulbs in a standard light fixture and the plants had been outside through the summer.

One problem I ran into were gnats breeding in the soil of the pots. Some playsand on the surface will help avoid that.
That is part of the reason I was looking at the hydroponic setup, now it's just a matter of what that would set me back.
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