These are the supplies recommended in my new ebook, Growing Salads Indoors.
I’ve linked to examples on Amazon but I always recommend you use what you have, shop locally (used if possible), or borrow items if you can instead of buying new.
This list on Amazon shows examples of all of the recommended items.
- Seeds – Mesclun salad mix seeds (at least 500 seeds/900 mg per 2×4’ of growing space).
See them at Amazon.com or find a seed seller near you: Seed Company Listings.
- Shelves – A shelving unit on wheels is ideal.
Get a basic shelf unit or one that comes with grow lights.
- Drip trays – One for each shelf to catch water under your salad pots.
You could use boot trays like these ones, plastic drip trays, or lids from storage bins.
- Tarp – Waterproof tarp to go under the shelving unit to catch spills.
Any tarp will do or you could also use an old shower curtain.
- Fluorescent shop lights – 1 light unit per 12 (3.5” wide x 4″ deep) pots or 3-4 light units per 2×4’ shelf (up to 48 pots).
Here’s some examples of shop lights on Amazon.com.
- S-hooks and chains or 16-gauge wire – to suspend and adjust height of fluorescent lights as the plants grow.
If you get the right type of lights, they should have some hanging chains included.
- Timer/Power Bar – to power lights and fan.
I find digital timers are hit and miss: some work great, others never do. You can see some here on Amazon.com.
- Electric fan
Any household fan you may already own should work fine for this.
- Pots/Containers – plastic, 4” deep (or more) with drainage holes.
I reuse 3.5″ wide plastic pots from garden nurseries. Be sure any container you use is food-safe.
- Soil – organic potting soil / container mix intended for growing veggies (food-safe).
- Watering can & spray bottle – a long-neck watering can is ideal for reaching under the lights.
Here’s an example of a watering can I like.
Additional supplies for sowing the seeds indoors
- Bucket or similar container (for combining the soil with water).
- Rubber gloves (if you don’t like to work the soil with bare hands).
- Water (always use room temperature or slightly warmer water when watering indoor plants).
- Waterproof drop cloth for spills and rag for clean up.
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