In Minnesota, there's no time to lose when it comes to growing season. With some veggies needing over 100 days to fully germinate and produce, there's very little wiggle room to grow something outdoors. Between the chilly April nights and the early frosts in the fall, the growing season is something to deal with. However, using any available indoor space to begin growing your garden, can help turn our small growing season into a bountiful zone. There's even a lot of research that shows how important it is to maintain a green space in our winter months. Here are a few ideas that can get you started. Once they're put together, the hardest part will be to remember to water them. 


Indoor Gardening Ideas - 

1) Use a dresser as a planter.

If you've got the space, an old dresser can be a perfect fit for your early spring garden. The drawers can be easily utilized for herbs and succulents that can be transferred over to a more traditional outdoor garden once the frost-free alarm has been rasied. 


2) Use a shoe hanger.

Sometimes, all you need is a wallspace and some dirt. Using a shoe hanger (can be purchased at any store, something like this) can make use of the vertical spacee in your house, while leaving your walkways and rooms clear of growing area. 


3) Windowsill Gardens.

The windowsill is an almost perfect place to grow small plants such as herbs and succulents. If your window is facing towads the south, even cacti can grow well. Plenty of sunlight is needed for those. Using small boxes, even old tea tins, can help get the color green in your house in the bleakest winter months.


4) Vertical Gutters.

If you're feeling up to the challnege, you can make your very own windowsill gutter gardens. This is only useful if you have access to tin gutters (or any long U-shaped cylinder). With proper chains, you can hold up the gutters across your windows to give your plants maximum sunlight. Depending on the strength of your design, you should be able to plant even the more robust produce, such as potatoes, with little strain on your design.


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