My Top 3 Plants To Grow When Indoor Gardening



well that lover when I'm welcome to

another very exciting episode here on my

gardener Channel I'm so pumped up for

today's episode it's gonna be a bonus

one for you all

we just got outside we were out in Sun

and not pretending to this episode but

great news is we had our first sunny day

in almost 24 days we set the longest

record in history for the longest Club

for most cloudy days and I will tell you

it was so nice to get outside and walk

in the Sun it was so bright I almost

couldn't even look forward where I was

walking but you know what I'm not gonna

complain I when I saw the Sun when I

woke up this morning I said we are

getting out and enjoying the Sun so it

was just great for the motivation I mean

I just I I've seen a lot of people in

the comments comment and say you know

Luke you just where's your energy at

where's your energy been at well my

energy has just been so drained because

I'm someone that I find energy from you

know the the weather has a big effect on

my energy levels um you know my you know

my surroundings whether it's your people

and the people I surround myself with or

the weather that's surrounding me I'm

very much influenced by that so if I

surround myself with excited people and

the weather is bright boy you better

step back because I'm uh I'm wired and

ready to go so yeah so man it's just

been great to see the Sun because it

just fired me up again and got me

motivated so uh so what I want to talk

today about was brought to my attention

from the livestream that we did now the

light stream is a very fun thing I've

really enjoyed doing it and we'll be

doing a lot more of them as well as a

lot more of these style videos as well

kind of the the edited you know cuz

planned and just kind of scheduled

episodes so we'll be doing a lot more of

these as well to really just kind of

combine the best of both worlds and

hopefully provide the most amazing

information to get you excited to garden

and get your garden up and growing for

the 2017 season

so uh what today's episode is about

though is my top three plants to grow


and why now this was again brought up in

a question that I did not get to answer

so for the person answering it or for

the person that asked it thank you

because it allowed me to read over it

this morning and say you know what

that's a good episode to talk about

because I think in a lot of different

ways um there can be - well in there can

be two types of gardener you can be a

hobby gardener growing for just kind of

pleasure and just kind of keeping your

mind occupied through the winter and

then there can be the the necessity

gardener that grows for necessity to put

food on the table and I used to be a

hobby gardener I would grow things just

for the fun of it and I still I'm not

looking around I'm having a blast

growing these plants but the purpose of

my selection of plants is definitely

more out of necessity we're looking to

put food on the table put fresh healthy

nutritious food on the table that's 100%

organic even when we can't be growing a

garden outdoors so this is very much a

necessity for us um obviously you know

we're still supplementing from the store

but what I'm trying to drive home is the

fact the purpose of the plants that I've

chosen and the purpose of the garden is

to supply food now there's a lot of

different plants out there and a lot of

people say what are the best plants to

grow indoors

let me first off by saying if you don't

know what you're really gardening for

whether it's necessity or pleasure it's

going to make it very difficult to pick

the plants that you want to grow so the

the plants that I've chosen are what I

like to call high productivity low

energy requirement plants and that is a

that's kind of the that's the golden

ticket to have any successful indoor

garden if you're growing for necessity

if you're growing for pleasure you're

going through for a hobby absolutely try

just about anything I know Callie Kim

over at the Kelly Kim garden home

channel she's growing cucumbers and

tomatoes it's a wonderful wonderful

video series that she's got going on

about gardening indoors but I would

consider that more along the lines of

and Kim if you're watching you can

totally chime in down below and let me

know if I'm if I'm wrong but I think

it's it's a lot more of the gardening


fun I just kind of pushing the limits

seeing what you can do and I'll break

down the reason why plants that are like

tomatoes and cucumbers they are high

productivity but high energy requirement

so if I'm drawing a grid hold on one

second so if I am looking at a chart

here of productivity and energy you want

to see where your plants lie on this

chart because this will very much

dictate what you decide to plant so if

you are even looking at a garden space

outdoors this will also help you so this

can very much apply to both if you're

growing something like radishes radishes

are low productivity and low energy

because you plant one seed you get one

radish and they require very little

energy so this would be reddish however

if you are growing something let's say

high productivity or high productivity

low energy that is where I like to

that's where I like to be is in this

square here High Park to be low energy

we'll come back to this square because

this is the sweet spot another thing is

high productivity high energy these are

things like tomatoes or cucumbers

tomatoes and cucumbers require a lot of

energy to put out fruit and they are

very productive when they do put out

fruit so assuming that you have both

hype you have a lot of energy you will

have high productivity if you're growing

indoors you don't have a lot of energy

and so your plants might put out one

large tomato but that's all you're going

to get for the season now another thing

is high productivity this is low

productivity high energy these are

things like spinach spinach is I would

consider lower productive because the

amount of stuff that the amount of

leaves that it puts out allowing you to

eat is relatively low the amount of

energy that it consumes so you can see

that there are plants that fall every

in here on another thing that that you

can look at in terms of your your

productivity versus energy is the square

here that we've not yet touched on and

that is my sweet spot that is things

like lettuce lettuce is very productive

for very relatively low energy herbs all

your herbs are wonderful herbs are I'm

going to drive that point home till I'm

blue in the face

herbs are your most productive and low

energy plants meaning you can use most

of your space to grow herbs now we are

not because we you know we've dried a

lot of our herbs over the past growing

season but lettuce herbs and beans now a

lot of people don't know this but beans

do not require that much energy to put

out the fruit that they put out so you

can get a lot of productivity for very

little energy and that is why I consider

this to be the gardening for necessity

indoors sweet spot if you're growing for

hobby any of these will be appropriate

but just know that it will certainly

dictate how much fruit is produced how

much it's worth your while so things

like radishes and if you're looking at

the even energy cost the cost of

electricity would be your energy so the

cost electricity if you want to pay for

itself it's best to be over here and

it's not good to be down here because

you're not getting enough production for

the energy that you're putting in so

it's very very important to use this and

find out where your stuff lies so there

you go hopefully that better explained

why I chose the plants that I chose for

my bed and again I do want to point out

that I am growing things that I would

not recommend for my type of of

gardening now that's for the purpose of

showing you all what's possible I don't

I do not want to look over that fact

that I do in fact have radish

and carrots and and beets in the back

corner over there and again my reason

for doing that is to show you all what's

possible in an indoor grow system

because we are growing for mostly

necessity but I also do want to show you

what's possible and for those that are

interested in growing that cut stuff I

want to show you that it is possible and

in our grow system so it's definitely

for necessity but I also want to point

out the fact that I'm having fun doing

this I get asked all the time

you know is it worth it is it is it does

it cover the cost of the lights and

stuff and to be honest I don't know we

we did it a couple years back with

hydroponics and it was almost worth it

but still you know it was not uh it was

not as economically viable as I would

have hoped but as I looked more further

into it I decided to also enlighten or

bring to light the fact that I'm getting

a lot of enjoyment out of this bed and

the value of enjoyment is is whatever

you put the price tag on so you know it

might it might cost let's say three

hundred dollars a year to run this bed

now I didn't know the exact numbers I'm

just throwing out some numbers so it

might cost three hundred dollars but if

you find three hundred dollars worth of

enjoyment out of it no one can blame you

no one can blame you because only you

know what you are what you enjoying the

value that it brings so for me this is

absolutely worth it and I don't

necessarily look at the cost as much

because I'm getting fresh food for my

family I am definitely getting

productivity and I'm also getting a lot

of enjoyment I love coming down here and

checking out the growth and that to me

is it's fun that tinia is uh is just um

it's meditative when I come down here

and just kind of uh I'm with the plants

working with the plants harvesting the

plants and and so that to me is is we're

so so much especially when there's

winter conditions outside and I can't

even begin to garden outside it so

hopefully you all enjoyed hopefully

you'll learn something new definitely I

recommend um oh before you before you go

um before I let you go post in the

comments box below the type of gardener

that you are in plants that you enjoy

growing and I'm also let me know if this

type of video helped you I really think

that the the the chart was very visibly

um it was it was visibly I guess helpful

with knowing kind of where your plants

lie and

any questions on plants let me know in

the comments box below if you need any

help I'd be glad to help you kind of

pinpoint where they go on that chart

because they will all go somewhere

there's not a single plant out there

that will not land somewhere in those

four quadrants so um so yeah there's

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you all later on the next episode this

is luke from the my gardener channel

reminding you to grow big or go home I

will catch you later see ya bye