---I crave fresh greens year 'round- even a little bit will do me right. This season, I decided to try and grow some inside. This is a mesclun mix of greens that I just love; it has Golden Streak and Red mustards, Komatsuna, Mizuna, and Skyrocket, all in one packet.
The Indoor Flowerbox Experiment is proceeding about as expected. They germinated in less than 24 hours, but they are rather weak-stemmed since they don't have the wind and rain to knock them around. Apparently an oscillating fan aimed at them provides strengthening air movement; the breeze beefs up cell walls and gives them some heft, but I didn't put a fan on this batch. The lights are my usual seedling lights- I use 4-foot-long, fish tank florescents. And I've provided some additional food by way of worm castings.
I've already thinned twice, and they were perfectly edible, if a bit redolent of hot-house-- sort of like a corporate tomato shipped from California in February. Still, they are home-grown, and they're mine. No 3,000 mile greens here.
These hardy varieties would do very well in a cold frame outdoors, even in a Detroit winter. They would likely go in and out of dormancy, but would absolutely take off in earliest spring. Because of all the construction on the porch at the end of my growing season, I did not build or buy one this year. Maybe I should look into it... Peaceful Valley carries a terrific little cold frame... hmm. Maybe I'm due a little bit of Christmas in January?