Added by on 2016-07-23

One of my favorite hobbies is organic gardening. Because I had to move this Spring I missed out on having a garden and decided to start some tomatoes in the fall to harvest in winter. I have never grown an indoor food crop before this, so much of the process has been learning and experimenting along the way. As I said in the video, I used regular household florescent lighting and I estimate the electricity cost to be about /month, give or take. In addition to the tomatoes, I also use the tomato leaves for culinary use and the lights also support various other herbs/spices such as rosemary, basil and cilantro. We also had some salad greens earlier in the year that we have since harvested. While the tomatoes are growing, before they flower, I recommend an organic fertilizer high in Nitrogen such as Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable: http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Tomato-Vegetable-7-4-5-Pounds/dp/B0001YC3EQ/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=happy%20frog&linkCode=ur2&qid=1389974484&sr=8-3&tag=030812364706-20 When the tomatoes begin to flower, you will want to add in some fertilizer higher in Phosphorus such as this organic fertilizer: http://www.amazon.com/FoxFarm-FX14002-Liquid-Concentrate-0-01-0-3-0-7/dp/B0002KHDLW/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=big%20bloom&linkCode=ur2&qid=1389974622&sr=8-1&tag=030812364706-20 Grow Bags are a very cheap pot for your indoor plants and you can find them in hydroponics shops or you can order them online and I am using the 1 gallon size, although I would recommend larger for tomatoes: http://www.amazon.com/Gal-Grow-Bag-10-ea/dp/B002JLJEQO/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=hydroponic%20grow%20bags&linkCode=ur2&qid=1389975470&sr=8-7&tag=030812364706-20 I use a very cheap moisture/light/PH meter to monitor the needs of my plants and it works great. I highly recommend this one for the price and function: http://www.amazon.com/Plant-Flowers-Tester-Moisture-Meter/dp/B0085J1N6I/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=ph%20meter%20moisture%20meter&linkCode=ur2&qid=1389977276&sr=8-3&tag=030812364706-20 Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsGrowing Season For Tomatoes – Grow Tomatoes In Winter?Indoor Winter FarmingIndoor urban vertical farming; the next gardening venture for survivalVerticle, indoor urban farming is turning out primo produce for local chefsIndoor Grow Room 5 – Growing Ripe Tomatoes Indoors!Vertical Farming | Urban Produce: The Future of Farming is Growing UP!

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20 Comments

  • Kim Asp 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this "idiot proof" video. Living in MN, I'm definitely going to try this!

  • Lila Lee 1 year ago

    Does growing tomatoes indoors attract bugs into your house?

  • Red Stepchild 1 year ago

    tomato leaves are POISONOUS!!!
    *You could kill someone by advising they are edible**

  • Alberto Rodriguez 1 year ago

    thanks for the video and info….living in alaska and this is helpful

  • Mark Cees 1 year ago

    Great video. Thanks. Some of the "Pro" gardeners might think that your setup is not up to their standards, but you grew tomatoes and have some beauties. More than a lot of us can say. I have not yet tried to do this, but I will in the near future. The only thing I read that you might consider is to use T8 or T5 bulbs – the are apparently better for tomatoes than the T 12 you are using. Thanks again!

  • Wes Robbins 1 year ago

    The leaves of the tomato aren't edible.

  • Nimzomyth68 1 year ago

    Thank you. I like the way you limit spending and use whats around you. Good explaination too.

  • Mani Mansourian 1 year ago

    Hi thanks for this video, can My tomato grows and give me tomato indoor? Just With growing light ? And please tell me what kind of lamp in suited.

  • taz man 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this experience. I have been researching this for a few weeks and like you have found very little info about winter tomatoes with grow lights in the basement.

    There is a incredible amount of info for growing pot or weed but if A guy wants vine ripened tomatoes in the winter theres not much out there.

    Thanks again and well done.

  • Gloria Trujillo 1 year ago

    Awesome video, thanks for sharing.

  • Loren's Garden (Garden Diary) 1 year ago

    Great eperiment, I've also grown snack sweet pepper indoor since 2013 and now autumn 2015 thesame plant is still alive and now have baby pepper in it.Thank you for this video. Gr. Loren

  • Puddy Tat 1 year ago

    When i do this im well aware i look like a divvy but i gently blow raspberries on my flowers it vibrates them ,it seems to be working i only do the indoor ones

  • judaspreistvlct 1 year ago

    You should take cuttings of the best one.

  • yes350yes 1 year ago

    Flipping definitely not a good way,  shaking , or what I do is use an electric toothbrush which will vibrate and pollenate.  I have read that when the flowers open up completely they are ready to be pollenated.  BTW  very nice and well-done video.  I myself am trying to grow or have started from seed and cutting a couple of tomatoes  one a cherry tom and one of a larger brand.  Steve

  • Juan L 1 year ago

    quick question, can you switch over to flower with an hps bulb after a certain amount of veg growth or is their a specific time period to switch over?

  • steven clifford 1 year ago

    Great video! but please do not put tomato leaves in your sauce!!  They are poison.  If you don't believe me look it up.

  • Jenn S 1 year ago

    Nice video. Exciting to see the end result! I am curious to find out how many months you can get tomatoes off the plant once they start producing? Thanks!

  • jack hammer 1 year ago

    never put aluminum as a reflectoe use mylar film! it reflects 95% of light

  • Hanice Gutierrez 1 year ago

    Don't eat tomato leaves they are part of nightshade family and are poisonous

  • jackatube 1 year ago

    How many lumens of light do you have on stage 2 (when you pay $12/mo)? Or, if you don't know the lumens, how many watts are all lights combined?
    Tip: next time put aluminium foil around and above so it reflects more light to the plants.