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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

A Peek at My Indoor Garden in February


I just wanted to show you the progress of my tall indoor vegetable garden (I have the small one filled with sprouting seeds for spring planting). Earlier this season, I discovered that radishes did the best for indoor production, both roots and the greens. Here's a photo of 3 shelves of radishes about 5 weeks old. I can see now that I could have planted them more thickly. This is a learning experience.


I harvested some of the radishes the other night for a delicious winter salad. I used the greens and the roots as the base of the salad, then added 2 sliced boiled eggs and a sprinkling of bacon bits. To top the salad, I quickly mixed up a dressing of orange juice concentrate, herb vinegar, olive oil, and salt.

In another week, when I need to start another flat of seeds indoors for the garden, I'll put the milk container pots outside on the deck to complete their growing, and I can continue harvesting radishes as they mature.

My primary goal with this light garden has been to begin more seedlings indoors to plant out in spring. However, we've really enjoyed growing some of our fresh greens indoors in the heart of winter.

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  1. That looks like a great plant stand. Some day I hope to get something similar. However, right now we have different priorities and cat complications.

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    1. I was also thinking about how my cat would enjoy the plants! Your salad looks delicious, Lili.

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    2. Hi Live and Learn,
      I think this will be a fun winter "toy" for years to come, as well as a help in getting plants started for the garden. I can just imagine the mischief a feline friend could get into with it, though!

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    3. Hi Kris,
      Thank you. The salad was a lot like spinach salads I've had before, with the egg, bacon, and citrus dressing. Yummy and I can't wait for a repeat this next week! Have a great day, Kris!

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  2. Very impressive Lili! Don't you just love hobbies that are productive at the same time?
    I have a question about your chocolate tofu that you referred to a couple of posts back. Do you just combine firm tofu and chocolate sauce?

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    1. Hi Ruthie,
      Absolutely. When we first were married we both decided we would take on productive hobbies. Gardening was my choice.

      The chocolate tofu whip -- Process a 14-oz to 1-lb block of tofu in the food processor with about 2 teaspoons of vanilla (or water if your only vanilla is the expensive stuff) until smooth. In medium to large a microwaveable bowl, melt a 12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in short bursts of microwaving (stir between bursts of melting). When the chocolate chips are fully melted, add to the food processor and blend with the now-smooth tofu. Put into serving dishes and chill. This is very rich stuff, so I divide it between 8 small cups/dishes. I've also made half-batches before with great success, if 8 servings of it sound like too much. Enjoy if you try this, Ruthie!

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    2. p.s. Ruthie, soft or silken tofu has the creamiest texture, but I also use whatever tofu I can get (soft and silken tofu has been hard to come by this winter in my area). I used firm tofu in the last batch and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  3. When my daughter was home for the last 1 year 9 months she had been collecting succulents. But winters are tough on succulents here in Michigan and we have no good source of sunlight. So she left us and now we have to care for those succulents. We have a small bay window in my other daughter's bedroom (she's married and doesn't live with us anymore) so we put the succulents on the bay window with a grow light suspended over them. They have been doing very well this winter and it came as a big surprise to us that we didn't kill them yet! And we have two cats who have not shown interest in the plants at all! Surprise of all surprises!

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    1. Hi Alice,
      Oh that's so nice that your daughter's plants are still doing well at your house. Won't she be surprised when she comes home for a visit next?!

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