Welcome to Rapid Daily. Our tag line Small Farms Big Ideas says it all. We are all about urban gardening and growing things at home.
With the Covid 19 virus running around many of us have chosen to stay home more. Many of us have chosen to work remotely too, What that means is we have more time on our hands. Many of us now have time for a hobby and learning how to grow your own veggies and herbs is one of the most fulfilling hobbies there is.
My name is Steve and I love growing things. Always have. As a kid I was always playing in the dirt. My mom always said I was either going to be an archeologist or a farmer. Of course she wanted me to become an archeologist but I became a farmer instead.
I grew up in a house filled with plants. Of course we did not know about lighting like we do today so most plants were low light ones.My mom loved house plants and for better or worse she instilled this trait in me.
I have a healthy case of climate zone denial and I want to grow plants that are tropical or subtropical. Growing indoors means you are no longer limited to your local climate.
If you live in Southern California this may not even be an issue but if you live in Washington or Michigan and want to grow citrus it certainly is.
When I was 9 I begged my Dad to buy me a pack of sweet corn seed. He told me it would never grow but I planted it in our backyard and it did grow. Guess who ate most of the sweet corn LOL.
I actually ran a truck farm in Washington State for years and sweet corn was one of my main crops but there really are not many vegetables I did not grow.
Some I just couldn’t because the Western Washington climate had a strong maritime influence. Nights were cool and we just did not get enough heat for most melons or things like okra. Also mother nature can be a bitch.
Small Farms Big Ideas Growing Indoors
If you grow a garden outdoors that is great. But if you want to grow indoors be prepared for a learning curve. Growing outdoors under the sun is relatively easy because you are using the best light source available. Plants have adapted over millions of years to light from the sun.
But once you move indoors lighting can become much more of a challenge. If you want to grow tomatoes or peppers indoors a window sill is not going to cut it. Some people try to use fluorescent lights to grow indoors but I really dont recommend it.
Fortunately LED lights can provide a good spectrum of light. They dont give off much heat and they dont use much power. You also wont be changing bulbs like in a shop light because they last over 10,000 hours and output does not decrease like fluorescent lights.
The best indoor hydroponic systems already come with a built in LED so if you use an AeroGarden your problem is solved. Hydroponic growth is much faster than growing in soil. It is less messy indoors too.
Small Farms Big Ideas For Growing Large Plants Indoors
If you want to grow larger plants you will need a more traditional method of growing. Coco is an excellent grow medium or you can go with ProMix or any good potting soil mix. Just dont use garden soil. It can bring in pests and it will compact heavily. I really like GroBuckets They can be used indoors or outdoors and you really can grow anything in them.
So I started learning to grow indoors. I had some success at it but things are much easier now. I used to build homemade hydroponic systems. I even made high pressure aeroponic systems. But these systems were big, kind of ugly and not something you would put in your kitchen or living room
And now times have changed and technology has advanced. It has never been easier to grow your own food indoors. That is what we are all about now. I have a wealth of gardening experience and I want to share it.