December 06, 2018

Herbs, Lettuce, and a Repurposed Plant Stand

herbs

It's winter, but that doesn't mean the end of growing things, even in a cold climate.

wine stand

My daughter was ditching a wine rack that she didn't need anymore, so I asked her if I could repurpose it. She said, "sure." So...

lettuce

I planted some lettuce seeds in window planters and put them in the bottom. (I need to thin them out, but otherwise, they're growing well.)

wine holders

I thought about doing something with the wine holders, but that would block the sun from the lettuce. Stay tuned for future ideas, or please share them in the comments.

Most of the herbs are taking off, too...

parsley
parsley

chamomile
chamomile

cilantro
cilantro

oregano
oregano

dill
dill

I placed the plant stand in a south-facing window in the sunroom. The room is only partially heated, so it's a little cooler in there than the herbs would prefer. But there's plenty of sun! As the days get longer, I expect even more success.

How about you? Do you grow herbs and edibles indoors during the winter?

30 comments:

  1. I find it hard to believe you have a daughter old enough to drink wine!

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    1. Ha! Just barely, Jim. LOL. I'm glad she let me take over her unwanted furniture. :)

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  2. What a delight to see fresh green sprouts during the dark and cold of this season. I haven't tried growing edibles inside during the winter as Most of the available space is full of houseplants that can take neglect, something that seedlings won't put up with.

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    1. Yes, it's very encouraging, Peter. I know you have a greenhouse full of plants! I have quite a few in the sunroom, too, and I'll have more when I start my summer garden plants, but I wanted to try some lettuce and herbs just for fun. So far, so good.

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  3. The wine rack is perfect for its new purpose! Although the raised planters in what was my vegetable garden have been repurposed for growing cut flowers, I still have some herbs growing there. You've just reminded me that I usually plant cilantro seeds at this time of year too so I must remember to pick up seeds on my next trip to the garden center. Luckily, our winter is mild enough to allow herbs (and other winter veg) outside. Yes, we're spoiled in SoCal...

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    1. Yes, you are spoiled! Most years, I simply bring in a few plants at this time of year as house plants and let the others die or go dormant. But I got to thinking that lettuce, especially, should be able to thrive in a cooler room. The herb idea happened because the wine rack/plant stand turned on some creative thoughts. ;-)

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  4. Lovely... they are growing well there. all looks so tidy. I like the rack.

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    1. Thank you, Endah. I like the new addition, too. I will be even happier when I harvest the herbs and lettuce. ;-)

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  5. A nice way to reuse the wine rack. I have one of those that I use out in the screen house during summer. Hmmmm You have given me a new idea to try out. Maybe after christmas. Our little house is crammed with "stuff" right now. ha... Plus our windows are full of house plants.

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    1. We think alike...not surprising. ;-) My first thought was...plant stand! My second thought was how to make the best use of it. I'm sure that will evolve over time and from year to year. The sunroom is my only decent location with sun exposure (well, I guess the upstairs bedrooms, hmmm...), so most of my plants are in there. It has floor-to-near ceiling windows on three sides. In the summer it's shaded, but in the winter it's sunny.

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  6. What a brilliant idea. It's so exciting having all these seedlings coming up.

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    1. Thank you. It IS fun. Yes, it's terribly exciting to have new things growing on the darkest days. :)

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  7. Perfect repurposing! It’s cheery to see all of those seedlings.

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    1. Yes, I was happy to re-use it for plants! And it will be fun to harvest the produce when it's ready.

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  8. Brilliant reuse! We've got southern windows but the couch is in front of them and I mostly try to take a garden break in winter. Though that means little physical gardening; plenty of garden books and online garden stuff.

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    1. Thanks--the sunroom is attached to the house, but it always stays a little cooler because of the windows on three sides. But on bright, sunny days it gets quite warm in there. We keep it closed off to save on heating and because I don't want the pets to get to the plants. I generally take a garden break during the winter, but little plants and houseplants don't take much work.

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  9. I don't grow edibles over the winter but I plan to at some point :) Unfortunately, it will have to be under grow lights as I don't have a good sunny spot at the moment. All of your seedlings look so incredibly healthy - can't wait to see everything as it fills in!

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    1. You are so patient with growlights. I've never used them, but I suppose I should try it sometime. I'd probably have more even results. I think as the days get longer, the plants will take off. I'm looking forward to salad greens in late January and February. ;-)

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  10. If the thinnings get big enough they can be microgreens.
    My tomato seedlings are trying to march in the kitchen door.

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    1. Yes, they will be used for that purpose. :) I know you're in the midst of your summer growing season, and now I'm imagining your healthy tomato plants. Thank you for that imagery.

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  11. Hello,
    A lovely sight, green :-) .. I also have some greens started. I have some mint growing for tea.
    Looking forward to watching everything grow with you.
    Carla

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    1. Hi Carla: Mint! That's a good idea for the pots, too. Yes, it will be fun to compare notes. :)

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  12. Golly that is a heart-warming sight - you have a touch of Spring in your wine rack. When it actually is Spring, the wine rack will look very nice planted up in the garden - I see something with tendrils twining through!

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    1. Interesting thought, Laura! I hadn't thought to put it out in the garden, but that's a good idea. The materials of the wine rack could easily be hosed down at the beginning and end of the growing season, so it could be used as an indoor/outdoor piece. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  13. Those little herbs look good. Herbs do quite well in winter for us here in Central Texas, which is a good thing because I have no room for them in the house. The stand is a looker!

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  14. I love lettuce...
    you have perfect ideas.
    have a great weekend

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  15. I love the wrought iron stand. I wonder if you could use it for climbers?

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  16. Great idea to repurpose that stand! Seeing those little sprouts makes me long for Spring (and we've hardly gotten into winter!). I'll be starting my indoor seeds in the new year. Need to clean out my potting shed first!

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  17. What a great-looking plant stand! It looks like you will have plenty of light. I would love to have a sunroom with space to grow plants and that kind of bright light! Lucky you to have fresh herbs and edibles in the middle of the winter.

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  18. How great to see fresh green plant growth. That plant stand is wonderful.

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