My Favourite Products for Growing Indoors

Updated: Feb 17

Are you hoping to try to grow food indoors year round or to start your own seeds indoors in the spring? I love having plants growing inside even when the snow is flying outdoors! Here I will share with you the products I use for starting seeds indoors with grow lights and for growing vegetables and herbs indoors through the winter in Alberta.

Starting seeds indoors with growlights and and indoor greenhouse is easy, even in zone 3 Calgary, Alberta!
My Indoor Setup

I normally begin planting things like snapdragons and tomatoes in my house near the end of January. In zone 2b/3a Alberta where I live, starting plants indoors in a necessity if you want to grow plants yourself from seed. Previously, I tried to grow my plants in a sunny window inside. This is possible but the plants ended up quite leggy and weak. This spring I purchased an indoor greenhouse and grow lights from Amazon and wow! What a difference that made. My plants were stronger, healthier and grew much more quickly. It took at least 2 weeks off the growing time needed to be ready to go outdoors in May.

This winter I plan to experiment with growing food in my indoor greenhouse throughout the winter. To follow along on my journey be sure to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook!

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The exact grow lights I have are no longer available, but I have something similar to the ones below with a full spectrum light bar for each shelf in my indoor greenhouse.

Using a timer for your grow lights set to be on for 14 to 16 hours a day makes consistent lighting much easier!

I use an indoor greenhouse like the ones below to grow my starter plants in the spring. This year I will be using it to grow herbs and vegetables all through the winter! I find seeds germinate so much quicker inside the indoor greenhouse. It cut about 2 to 3 weeks off the time needed to start my plants inside.

These lights and indoor greenhouses work well together! When germinating I would close up the zipper front of the greenhouse and as the plants matured I opened up the zipper front of my enclosed greenhouse.

A tray like this works perfectly underneath the greenhouse to catch water.

I am excited to set this all back up in the next month and continue growing food inside our house. I plan to try a leaf lettuce, herbs, a tomato sucker or two, green onions and fingerling carrots. I'm sure I will find more to try as I go!

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