Creating a Winter Garden

by Merissa on January 13, 2011

in Thrifty Living

I've had a mini winter garden for the past few years. It's so simple and so practical. For one, I love seeing the green plants growing in the winter time. I miss my summer garden with the little buds slowly opening and the tiny little veggies coming out from hiding. Having a winter garden for me isn't just for the free food part, it's to bring a little bit of summer into my home all winter long. I got my little winter garden started today. As part of the Frugally Fit challenge for this week I challenged all the readers that are following along with that series to start a winter garden. So here is my little how-to. It's as simple as planting a flower in a pot.

I used a planter and a shoebox sized tote. Today I planted lettuce and peppers. If you are having trouble finding seeds in the winter and you don't want to catalog order, check your local Walgreens. Mine had a big display right in the front of the store with cheap seeds on it. I bought potting soil last fall on clearance and stored it outside. I noticed that Walgreens has potting soil for sale already though so you could grab some there also.

I used the shoebox tote for my lettuce seeds. You can cut lettuce several times and it will continue to grow back. After a while you may want to replant though or the lettuce can get sour.

My little pepper seeds. I want to grow 2 plants but I couldn't find my other planter pot so I put them together for now and I'll separate them when they get a little bigger.

Give them a little water to get them going!

The most important things about growing in the winter is that you need to keep the plants warm and get them plenty of sunlight. So pick a warm room and set them by the window. I put up my little card table in my office window and put the plants on it. Hopefully in a week or so we should see a little something come up, I will keep you posted!

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1 Robin January 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks so much for the great post. I have been looking forward to this one!


2 Valerie Z January 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I got my indoor herb garden started a few weeks. Definitely wanting to try some veggies though! Hopefully I can get out of the house this weekend and do some searching =)


3 marci357 September 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I see where our local dept store has the big orange and black round plastic totes on sale for $5.99. Because I want my new patio enclosure/sunroom type thing to look “nice”, I think I may just buy a couple of those big black round totes for winter gardening in the sunroom…. The black will help with the sun retention, not that we get much in the winter… Can’t hurt to try anyway!

It rains here almost ALL winter… lots and lots of rain. But even so, the swiss chard, brussell sprouts, collards, kales, and root crops still grow for me well in the garden. I love having fresh green swiss chard in the dead of winter!

Enjoy your inside garden!


4 Katie September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Awesome idea! I kinda planned to do that but didn’t quite know where to begin. And I LOVE the idea of using the black totes – they’re deep enough for root vegetables! 🙂


5 Angie June 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I wish we had a window that could get enough light for winter growing indoors. This year, to extend the season a bit, I’m going to plant kale in August for harvesting in fall & maybe even early winter. We’ll see!


6 Beth lloyd October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I see you’re using an areogarden. Just scrubed mine from starting my fall garden seedlings. Any suggestions on a do it yourself refill for the soil tubes? I hate the thought of paying for dirt…


7 Merissa October 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I just filled them with regular dirt from my yard:)


8 Bets June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

Because so much has changed over the past several years, I wanted to suggest that everyone purchase Organic or Heirloom plants and seeds.

There are just too many seeds and plants that are not Genetically Modified (GMO) and these have little nutrition value plus all the chemicals or whatever they have been formed with.
The same goes with Hybrid plants and seeds – after all the re-branching/modifications for new – there is little & no nutrition anymore.

Just a suggestion to all.


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