Our indoor garden

Spring Indoor Garden Update. Seems like We’re Settling into Quarterly Garden Updates Now…

I know it’s been a while, but hey, It’s June in the Rockies and it’s beautiful outside! I am too busy gardening outdoors, like all of the “normal” gardeners who garden outside, to be bothered much with my indoor garden! And heck, I’ve been letting it go on auto-pilot for almost 6 months, so why stop now?

But here’s an update anyway, to keep you following along. Currently in our little indoor, bathroom-garden we are growing…

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A zucchini flower opening on the vine

Why is My Zucchini Vine a Dude-Fest? And Other Misadventures From the Indoor Tub Garden

I read an article a few days ago about a lady who had never gardened before but decided to “take it up” during the pandemic. She described how, by the end of summer, she had all these spectacular vegetables and flowers growing indoors in sunny window spots, and how her yard was full-to-bursting with flowers outside. Her garden was a raging success on her very first try. Oh, and she also…

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How to Build an Indoor Garden, the Creation of the Tub Garden

Here at Tub to Table, we are all about gardening in the Great Indoors. We converted a spare bathroom into an indoor bathtub garden and have been gardening exclusively indoors for about 4 years. This blog describes the peculiar pitfalls and unique perks of indoor vegetable gardening that we have discovered along the way. And because we hate to ever let a hard-earned vegetable go to waste, we share some of our favorite recipe ideas to use and celebrate these harvests. So you too, can get healthy vegetables – maybe that you grew in your own bathtub garden – to your family’s dinner table. Want to build your own indoor garden? A garden where it never frosts unexpectedly, and no pesky rabbits ever come to munch on your good stuff? Then you’re in the right place. Here is an introduction to the Tub Garden itself, and how to build an indoor garden of your own, in 6 easy steps. 

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Vegetarian meatballs in a swedish-style sauce shot from over the table, with serving spoons on a wooden background

The Special Problem of growing bulbing onions Indoors.

And…the frustrated invention of Bulbless-Onion Bulgur Balls.

Onions are a special and unique headache for the indoor gardener, because they are finicky canaries in the proverbial coal mine. Just when you think you are dominating like Mother Nature in your indoor garden, onions will be the vegetable to tell you maybe aren’t doing such a hot job. Growing bulbing onions indoors – and actually getting them to bulb – it turns out, is not an easy task.

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Summertime for the Indoor Gardener

Summertime is an interesting time for the indoor gardener.

Right about now, everyone is starting to grow their own little treasure piles of fresh veggies and flowers. People at my work are bringing in extra armloads of herbs and peonies from whatever enormous and fertile valleys they live in. These super-gardeners make me jealous with their real sunlight and their real bumble-bee pollinators. Ugh.

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Notes from the Tub Garden

I end almost every day with a quick trip into my garden, just to tell it goodnight. I don’t need shoes or slippers, or even pants, because it’s inside. I can garden all night with plenty of light and no creepy spiders, because it’s inside. And I never need a jacket or sunscreen or bug spray, because it’s inside. Just as the rest of the world is getting ready for spring and “real” outdoor gardening, I also am spending more time outdoors during the day and less in my inside garden. But at night, when the kids are in bed and I actually have time to garden, I remember why this garden is so cool, because it’s inside.

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Why keeping an indoor garden sterile is so important.

You may have noticed that I start all of my plants from seed. This was one of those “hard-earned lessons” I’ve spoken about. Any time I have been tempted to bring an “outside plant” in to my little garden, I have gotten burned. After bringing home some live roses from a garden store, I sprayed them off with water, left them outside for several days and inspected them carefully before bringing one of them in to the garden.  Sadly, a few days later I had a roaring aphid infestation and had to get rid of most of my plants. 

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