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 have been gardening this way for about 4 years, and this blog is dedicated to the ups and downs of indoor gardening, plus recipes that celebrate those indoor-grown vegetable harvests. 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 Onions.

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.

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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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