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Old 12-09-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: The Mitten
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So, I moved. I lost my awesome outside garden, and most of my flowers that I planted. That won't stop me, though, from growing stuff inside. While I want to grow a lot of different plants inside, I know most of them won't take unless they're buried outside.

What I want to know is what I can grow inside. I know I want an herb-type garden such as; basil, oregano, thyme, and possibly lavender. I already have basil and oregano, which they're growing pretty well. Thyme is just a matter of whether I can find the plants now, sense it is winter. However, lavender or any seeds in general, are hard to come by.

Can I grow lavender indoors? Where would be a good place to get seeds, or plants, now in the winter?
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I would recommend growing plants suited for indoors...but if you are sure you have enough sunlight for herbs, then go for it. Since you're already a gardener, you probably know better about the conditions you need.

For lavender, I understand it needs a chilling period, so it may be difficult to maintain long-term indoors. But if you are planning to harvest it, then keeping it for years may be a non-issue.

Burpee has lavender seeds and plants, but you may need to call them if you want the plants shipped right away instead of in Spring. I would get a book, or look online to verify the conditions (temperature, humidity etc) needed for germination of the particular seeds you purchase. Best of luck.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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Hmm....the herbs listed would be difficult inside a home. They would need lots of sunlight. Do you want to grow them in a greenhouse? Maybe I misunderstand the question.

Why not try tropical herbs? Patchouli comes to mind. It needs more light than I could give it, but still managed to do well inside. I don't know if it is edible, I don't believe that it is. Please don't eat it. Nice fragrance to the dried leaves and flowers. Easier to grow than I thought, although it doesn't look like much.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:00 AM
 
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Just remembered: I have grown rosemary and Bay leaf tree indoors in a place that only had sun until about noon or a bit later. They did very well, esp. the bay tree.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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My indoor garden is my collection of very small (2'' size) cacti and succulants.

I've never had much luck with herbs inside myself. And I don't have counter space in the kitchen for one of those lighted planters..
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I have a very sunny room and moved my patio garden inside this fall. Right now I have cherry tomatoes, yellow plum tomatoes, radishes, zucchini, patty pan squash, yellow squash, dill, rosemary, mint, basil, oregano, lemon verbena and thyme. I'm amazed that it's doing well, but I get a handful of tomatoes every couple days, plenty of herbs to cook with, the squash is doing ok I get a few every couple weeks.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:15 AM
 
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I have a very sunny room and moved my patio garden inside this fall. Right now I have cherry tomatoes, yellow plum tomatoes, radishes, zucchini, patty pan squash, yellow squash, dill, rosemary, mint, basil, oregano, lemon verbena and thyme. I'm amazed that it's doing well, but I get a handful of tomatoes every couple days, plenty of herbs to cook with, the squash is doing ok I get a few every couple weeks.
OOOhh....I so jealous!!! I have always wanted to hold over tomatoes, peppers and such inside under glass, but never had the space/sun. Pals in a new home have HUGE windows and sun all day, and all right off their deck. Sigh.
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