Come Tour Our Indoor Survival Garden – January 2021

Come Tour Our Indoor Survival Garden – January 2021

Snow covers the outside landscape and yet we have a productive little paradise right inside our home. Our indoor survival garden is designed to provide us with a variety of fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables year-round.

In this video, we show you how we have transformed a small room into a productive garden to supplement our stored foods. We review some of the lighting options that we are experimenting with and show you the great progress that we have made in less than a year.

Learn more about growing an indoor survival garden at the Provident Prepper.

How to Grow an Indoor Survival Garden

Links to the various lighting options we are using are below.

Unit Farm UFL3000 LED grow light

Wakyme J-1000 2×4 dimmable grow light

Spider Farmer
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Linkable LED utility shop light

5000K fluorescent lamps

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  1. LDS Nurse on January 3, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your videos a lot. And I love that you live near me. It gives me a better idea what will grow in the area. I’m new to gardening. Thanks for the videos.

  2. Kathie Strehlow on January 3, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much! We started a lettuce garden when we saw your first post on growing indoors. It has been great! Fresh salad anytime. Now we are ready to expand. Can’t thank you enough for sharing all the great information in all your you tubes.

  3. K It on January 3, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like the room might benefit from a dehumidifier. With mold in the air, I’d be concerned my new seed packets might absorb moisture from the air. It’s great to see peppers can produce indoors! I thought they needed warm weather! Have you tried potatoes indoors?

  4. ME Curry on January 3, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    What is the temperature range in your growing room? We live in a much colder climate, but our garage is heated and has windows, skylights, exhaust fan, and we’re wondering if that is an option.

  5. Mare S on January 3, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    I recently bought 2 grow lights and am almost ready to begin "the trials". I don’t have a room to dedicate to gardening and am starting with a folding table. Presently I am looking at the companion guides and working out a trellis option.

  6. Douglas D on January 3, 2022 at 3:41 pm

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  7. Edie Wall on January 3, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Good to know. I avoid all that you listed, wheat , rice, beans and flour as well as dairy and meat.

  8. ChillinDave 1 on January 3, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Great set up! May I give a few ideas? 1) strips of mylar (get the best quality/ thicker mil) like 8" x 48" hung from the lights on the shelves will focus all the light downwards
    2) Neem oil mixed w/2 drops of dish soap in a sprayer of water applied to plants stops critters and mold
    3) if air is circulated between the living area and the plant room will lower moisture plus swap the CO2 from inside to the plants
    4) I know this hurts but ditch the fluorescents with T-5’s.. way more output
    With all this effort, why not double the output? Get that moisture out!!!
    I emphasize again, excellent job!

  9. Momma Gator on January 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    What zone are you in? What is the lowest temp you experience? what the actual cost is for all the lighting? You said that there is no heat in the room but at the end you show you have a wood burning stove, do you have that going all the time for your heat out there? I have a greenhouse attached to my house but it gets really cold at night so trying to judge how I could modify what I have to make it work all year round. I am in a very cold zone 5.

  10. SugarCreek Homestead of Tennessee on January 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    It’s awesome but fyi that’s not a small room. Lol

  11. Patricia Tow on January 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    I own 2 aero gardens that I grow salad greens in, in the basement under grow lights I grow chard, tomatoes, bok choy, so my favorite would be salad greens that are fresher then what you can get at a store at this time of year.

  12. Ken Merchant on January 3, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Install a couple of bathroom exhaust fans in the ceiling. They are designed to suck moisture out of the bathroom. Idk why people call them "fart fans".
    Crack a door so that fresh air can come in while everything else gets sucked out.
    Air circulation is a big thing. Not just a fan blowing in the room.
    Awesome video! Love the Beautiful garden. Thank you for your vids.

  13. hayley middleton on January 3, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Fantastic survival garden, it really does look ace. How do you go about pollination? My first grow lights are arriving tomorrow, my aim is to be self sufficient in veg and really stretch the seasons this year (I’m in 🇬🇧). As a mountain biker I’m envious of your beautiful view.

  14. Protect the children on January 3, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    My husband says I have him living in the rain forest. Lol I grow anything I want in the house and don’t hav grow lights. Just regular house lights and sunny windows.

  15. Kristin B on January 3, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    I have aloe plants. I plan to do seed starts this year to get a jump on my outdoor garden. This was great and I’m glad you plan to do more videos on mulch and pests. I’d like to know about planting mediums and whether you use a special seed starting soil. Did you just sprinkle the diatomaceous earth on the leaves of the plants and did it work? I keep some moisture absorbing pellets in my closets. Have you tried those or maybe a small dehumidifier? Love the work-bench setup! Do you water every day? Do you use fertilizer and if so, what brand do you find works well? At what point do you start fertilizing new seedlings? So many questions!

  16. vs k on January 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    I had 100s of gnats when I started couple plants indoors I moved everything to garage and see so many gnats there but as they are not inside home its ok now. But I was extremely disappointed as I get lot of sunlight as it is south-facing room and couldn’t use it.

  17. Velocity AKA sloth mom on January 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Oak leaf lettuce. We grow it usually starting in February and will have it till May when we put the big garden..

  18. Buddhist Bushcrafter on January 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    I was shocked that green bell peppers did so well inside the kitchen.

  19. Rosalinda Illingworth on January 3, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Did you have a problem with Nats? I sure do can’t get them out. What are you doing for the control?

  20. ladycobra3 on January 3, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    First of all let me say that I have learned a lot from your channel and thank you very much for giving of your time to educate.That being said I know some people are very overwhelmed with what should be at the top of the piority list if they are just getting started. I have been doing food storage for awhile now but I am still overwhelmed by all the things I think I still need to take care of and store. If possible could you do a video on what should be your top priority and work down the list. If there was a loss of electrity everything would be affected including water and gas lines. A priority of things to have ready just in case of grid down would be great.

  21. Donna Rodriguez on January 3, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Basil – Italian large leaf, cherry tomatoes, peppers, peppers and more peppers….

  22. Bear River Mama on January 3, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! Awesome! I love this! You get to grow all winter 👏🏻 What kind of impact does this have on your electric bill? We have crazy expensive electric here so it’s something I have to think about. Also have you considered running a dehumidifier in your grow space? I’ve been wanting to plant but just haven’t got things up and running… I have been growing fodder for the chickens 🐔 which they love! I just got my shelves out to start some of my seedlings for my outdoor garden. I got me some of that Malabar spinach 😜 thank you for the tip!

  23. mylittlebluecottage on January 3, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Great job! I have been successful regrowning the bottoms of the green onions I get from the store. I have them in bottles with water and they are by the back door window just little thing but its a start

  24. J Fields on January 3, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Im so envious of your set up. I’m in an apartment with an indoor greenhouse with very limited space but it’s still so satisfying to grow inside my home! So far cherry tomatoes chilli peppers and potatoes.

  25. Saga Wang on January 3, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Great job!!

  26. Christiana on January 3, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    I love your space and how much you’ve packed into it! I bet it’s wonderful to stop into that greenhouse space and take a deep breath. I’d live in a rainforest house if I could, with all my indoor gardening and houseplants 😅

    I used to grow herbs and vegetables in my kitchen windows but haven’t dedicated the time to it since my 4th baby was born. I do have a Tower Garden from JuicePlus! It takes up 2’x2’ in my kitchen and has grow lights. I need to get that going because we need more fresh vegetables and to be self reliant.

    My favorite to grow inside are alfalfa sprouts (sandwiches), green onions and cooking herbs. I’d love to try bokchoy !

  27. Nicole Sobol on January 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    How are you pollinating? Isn’t that a mayor factor?

  28. Janice on January 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    I have one of your shelves with lettuces and broccoli and kale all over it and we eat this stuff daily. But it was your early video that made me go ahead and do it. There is something very satisfying to eat your own greens.

  29. The Beans on January 3, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Very nice set up! My favorite indoor winter (and year round) crop is sprouts … all garden starts go out in tiny greenhouse to keep humidity out of house (Florida is mold paradise)!

  30. The Third Impact on January 3, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    How about the costs to set up a room like that?

  31. Jessica Smash on January 3, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    How are they pollinating? I tried this one year but had no fruit, which I later figured was because there were no pollinators. But I’m a Nubie

  32. Steve B on January 3, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Have you considered hydroponics? less bugs as there is no dirt for them to breed in. I’m guessing there might even be humidity in the room as potting soil wouldn’t be providing evaporation surface area… the stem of the plant is more enclosed by the piping… and you could pack plants in tighter (which would increase humidity again for transpiration, but it would be "productive humidity" vs. just the potting soil drying out).

  33. Nana Nana on January 3, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Hello, I have a setup similar to yours and had the same issue with mildew and moisture. I started having the fan run on low circulating all the time and would open the door to the outside air for about 5 to 10 minutes per day while I was in there doing my daily stuff and that really helped control the air problems to get the mildew under control. Maybe this would help you also, best of luck and I really enjoy all the help you provide. Thanks so very much for sharing all your knowledge with us.

  34. hildeberto carreiro on January 3, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Use mirrors and cut electricity cost

  35. Iced Coffee on January 3, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Don’t know how I ended up here.

    Subscribed 💚

  36. theuglykwan on January 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Invest in a dehumidifier.

  37. Pond and garden sanctuary on January 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Looks great.

  38. Blake Turner on January 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Hi, is awesome your indoor survival garden, how can I mix with Tiny Homes and minimalist lifestyle? I would like to be your volunteer in any you need (videos, landscaping, etc) thank you

  39. Laurie Mann on January 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Curious about how you have your timers set up with all the cables. I can see power strip bars, but not the timers. Would love some info on what works well as I have timers with two outlets and was hoping to maybe use power strips with it.

  40. Mary Gallagher on January 3, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    The survival garden looks great! I’ve only grown a few culinary herbs indoors so far.

  41. Dirt Road on January 3, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    That is so cool and your view is spectacular! I have an Aerogarden for lettuce an spinach in my preps pantry room. I suggest you add oscillating fans to reduce mold and harden the plants.

  42. Saga Wang on January 3, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    There’s a guy on mountain video that moves his summer garden plants into pots & put in his greenhouse & it’s very productive so think about that too😎

  43. Amandalyn VanNote on January 3, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    A dehumidifier would work well and the water could be used back into the plants

  44. equanimousawareness on January 3, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Run a dehumidifier and use the reclaimed humidity to reduce mold and water the next time.

  45. Grace Young on January 3, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    love your room, too. My favourite veggie is mini tomatos and chili. They grow very well.

  46. Claudette Monty on January 3, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Tomatoes and cucumbers during fall and winter !! Summer: outside!

  47. Nene Maming on January 3, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I loved your creation. I do grow potatoes inside with just the window lights along with tomato and pepper even pumpkin. We just keep trying👍😄❤

  48. Verna Helvik on January 3, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    You need an exhaust fan like in the bathroom, you have a fan over the door, can’t you use it

  49. The Attempted Homemaker on January 3, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for this video! I’ve now made a list of seeds to pick up next time I’m at the store. 😁

  50. Austin Kummer on January 3, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Y’all truly have the best content thank you! Trying to get some apple seeds to germinate indoors

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