I wanted to make this post for two main purposes. The first is to post the results of the indoor strawberry garden I’m setting up so anyone else motivated to do so will have some information for the future and the second is for tips, tricks or criticisms people may have about my experiment. A quick background, I started gardening 2.5 years ago and unfortunately due to work related reasons I am currently living in an apartment and won’t be able to have access to my “garden” on a regular basis for 2 years (don’t worry, my family is tending to and enjoying the garden back home).
My set up is mostly recycled from previous gardening endeavors but everything has been clean or sterilized equipment:
- Alpine strawberries of various cultivars (will be started from seed): pineapple crush, yellow wonder, Hawaii 4, reine de vallees and bowlenzauber (bowlenzauber will be added a few weeks later than the other varieties). I decided on alpines over conventional strabwerries for four reasons, the general pest resistance, the lower light requirement, the cultivars chosen are day neutrals and finally and most importantly I enjoy them much more.
- Vivosun 1 gallon grow bags
- Viparspectra XS1000 LED grow light
- Vivosun 2x2 grow tent - One of the items I did purchase for my indoor garden, not sure if its necessary but I like being able to have complete control over the environment
- A soilless potting mixture composed of peat, coconut coir, perlite, Mycorrhizae and ph balanced with lime (pro-mix Moisture Potting Mix). Quick note on this, when it was purchased it did have a hole in the bag, Im not sure if this may have allowed pests to get in?
- For pest control I’ll be using mosquito bits for fungus gnat control (thank you for the suggestion @YumYumTrees) as well as neem oil concentrate for other common pests such as spider mite.
- For fertilizer I will be using 4-4-4 Dr. Earth organic fertilizer once established and a 1-1-1 water soluble miracle gro solution while they are seedlings
- Other random items such as a thermometer, desk fans etc to help control the tent environment
I will make sure to post progress pictures as this little experiment continues but would love any and all comments/feedback or tips before everything really gets going.