It's an interesting proposition, isnt' it, growing your own food? I think I would find it difficult to spend the money on indoor lights plus the extra energy consumption needed to grow my food indoors. I say that because I would not dream of covering up my windows with plants - I work from home and NEED to have as much light coming in during the day as I can. I'd see it as a "last resort" options, since I live in CA where the weather is sunny.
I live in a pretty urban area but I'm blessed with a large partially-shaded porch. This summer is my first summer living here and I started with a small garden - a pot of strawberries, a few herbs, one tomato plant and a container filled with beets and carrots. They are doing great so far.
Interesting links for you:
* I made self-watering containers using the instructions for the EarthTainer, found below. I tell you, I was skeptical but I have YET to water my beets/carrots - all I have to do is fill the container once every week or two. www.earthtainer.org/About_Us.html
* My tomato plant is in a conventional pot and I have forgotten to water it sometimes. So today I created a watering reservoir for it, using a long water bottle, by following the instructions below: www.yougrowgirl.com/garden/dripsystem.php
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