Living in Maine, the idea of being able to grow food indoors year round is a no-brainer; I’ve looked into it before, but without finding a practical solution. I’ve also lived in situations where it was inconvenient to get to the grocery store more than every couple of weeks, and it’s hard to get lettuce to last that long! Consequently, I read Peter Burke’s Year-Round Salad Gardening book with interest.
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening Review
Soil Sprout SaladYear-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days
Burke’s book is about how to grow “soil sprouts”; these are different from sprouts grown in jars, microgreens grown in soil, a few other subsets, all of which he defines quite thoroughly.
His gardening system is meant to be easy and convenient, not requiring much in the way of special equipment, time, or space, which are some of the obstacles I ran into before when researching growing food indoors all year.
He says that by planting five small (3″x6″) pans of sprouts each day, a different variety in each tray, he is able to feed his family an attractive, appetizing sprout salad every day.
Burke spent a lot of time experimenting with growing indoors, and two of the reasons that he settled on soil sprouts are that they don’t take long to harvest–about a week–and his family would actually eat them! I love the idea of getting my kids involved with using planting, watering, and harvesting these little gardens. One bonus is that you harvest these plants before the point where my greens usually go wrong (they tend to bolt.)
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The book goes into pretty in-depth explanations of everything from seeds to soils to fertilizers to containers, but it also has a quick start guide for eager beaver gardeners who aren’t patient enough to read it all first! It also includes lots of clear, colorful photos so that you can learn a lot just from flipping through.
I enjoyed the book very much and I’m excited to start my little indoor garden! Peter Burke’s writing style is very straight-forward and friendly, and I’m happy to say that I easily got in contact with him through his website when I had a few questions. He even forgave me for asking a question that was answered in the next sentence of the book–he’s clearly more patient than I am! Growing soil-sprouts indoors year-round sounds like a great way to enhance the self-sufficiency of your off-grid home. Let us know how it goes if you try it!