This is an experimental garden my husband and I decided to give a try. My husband made a frame out of scrap wood and hung adjustable fluorescent lights from the top. This way we could raise them as the plants grow.
We are overwhelmed with how quickly the plants took off. Some of the tomatoes that were started February 2nd are already over 3 feet tall. All seed is certified organic. We even had great success with saving the seed from a grocery store organic green bell pepper. I just dried the seeds for a week or so in our cool, dry family room and packed them in a zip-lock bag.
Some of the pepper plants are already producing; with cherry sized peppers on them. They are very cool to see in April!
We made our own potting medium by mixing equal parts organic peat moss and top soil with a little organic manure.
Old ice cream buckets, coffee cans, and 3 gallon pails were used for our containers. They all were given lots of drainage holes.
Although we are very impressed with how well the plants grew and became established, we are uneasy about how much they will actually produce. The weather really needs to cooperate with us so we can get these suckers in the ground! Natural sunlight, warm soil, and room to grow is what they need now.