One of the most significant reasons I had for becoming a farm apprentice stemmed from my love of growing plants.I don’t believe that having the proverbial ‘green thumbs’ is entirely necessary to working in agriculture. However, I don’t doubt that it can only help!
For the past few years I have grown plants indoors during the winter as a means of brightening up my room and keeping me sane during the long Canadian winters. Having living plants around acts as a sort of oasis during the months when most people would really rather not venture outdoors. Without getting into the merits of horticultural therapy I simply believe that this hobby of mine has a lot of benefits that I did not initially anticipate.
The plants that I’ve grown include:
- Sweet Dani Basil (lemony), Siam Queen Basil (thai), Dark Opal Basil, Sweet Basil.
- Peppermint (a great home-made tea!)
- Catgrass (which the cats ate incessantly at times)
- Lemonbalm (a rather pesky plant which can easily take over a garden, very fragrant lemony scent)
- Thyme (I had best success with thyme when I cut the top 3/4 of a 2L coke bottle and cut holes all over it. The thyme grew wildly when I put this overtop of the plant)
- Sage (I love the silvery leaves and look of sage, but am not actually overly fond of its scent)
- Black Eyed Susan microdot vine (I had this grow up a triangle lattice during the summer, really nice white flowers that grew rapidly)
- Thai Chili Peppers (an F1 hybrid species, considered Ultra Hot… those who tasted them could attest to this!)
- Royal Burgundy Peas
- Chamomile (flowers are highly fragrant, makes for amazing tea!)
Below are some images of the projects I have undertaken in the past. The basil plants were the highlight of the 2011 project. Since then I have moved the grow space out of my closet and made a more permanent structure for it. The shelves cost $17, the fans (not visible in the photo) cost $20 for the 2 PC fans and AC-DC adapter, the lights are about $45 total (42 watt x2, 23 watt x3, all warm white).