The Solution

Now I’ve had to settle for good enough right now, but that doesn’t mean I have to settle forever.  My first step was to make sure I had enough food that was good enough to feed us throughout the winter.  My second step was to figure out how to fix the problem.  What is the problem?  Fresh vegetables in the winter.  I learned that it’s just not possible to get good fresh vegetables in the winter on the island.  Everything is flown across, and if the weather is bad, the plane can’t fly and the vegetables sit in the hanger and freeze.  It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just the nature of life on the island.  But I’m not going to let that stop me from eating a salad in the winter.

What is my solution?  Hydroponics.  I want lettuce and tomatoes.  I’d be happy with just lettuce, but if I’m going to grow stuff indoors, why not some tomatoes too?  So I now have two small lettuce rafts, 10 Tiny Tim tomato plants, 5 full sized tomato plants, 2 Mini Bells pepper plants and a Kamo eggplant.  I decided to grow some microgreens as well.  I’m having a lot of fun growing things indoors.  With proper light and nutrients, the plants are thriving.  I have a lot to learn, and each day I come up with another experiment I want to do.  Which variety of lettuce is best?  Which ones perform best under low light?  Which tomato variety is best?

I’ve learned a lot so far and have a lot more to go.  I’ll go into details on the different systems I’ve decided to use and why, information on lighting choices and why I chose what I did, as well as growing medium and nutrients in future posts.

A fresh salad in January while watching a blizzard blow outdoors?  Why not?

3 Responses to “The Solution”

  1. Ida

    I look forward to your future posts. I live in the snow belt and it would be wonderful to have fresh salad in the winter.

  2. Mary McCreadieC.

    Tomatoes are perennial elsewhere…last year I dug up a couple of favorites, overwintered in the house, then got a jumpstart in late spring by planting them back outside.

  3. cynthia

    I, too, am starting hydroponics! I live on the Eastern Shore of Md. and we’ve had a lot of snow this year. I’m ready for fresh food and just bought a boatload of seeds from you! Looking forward to your progress with the hydroponics.