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Question Marks Container gardening in winter?

Hi Everybody,
I have absolutely no experience in planting, gardening, farming, or cultivating sustenance for food. I am clueless, but wanting to learn!
In a cold climate, is there anything that can be successfully planted indoors - container gardening perhaps - anything that can survive the dry air of winter? How do you get started with container gardening?
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Growing seedlings and leafy green veggies and herbs can be done inside during the winter. You will need extra lighting. A sunny window sill will not give you enough light during the winter to keep the plants from going going dormant and not growing.

Florescent light bulbs will give great extra light the plants need. Daylight bulbs are best (6500k) and need to be 2" above the plant so they need to be able to move as the plants grow. The lights are on during the day for 10 to 12 hours. Most people use hanging shop lights like these.

2-Light White T8 Fluorescent Residential Shop Light-1233 RE at The Home Depot

32-Watt 4 ft. T8 Daylight Deluxe (6500K) Linear Fluorescent ALTO II Light Bulb (2-Pack)-422963 at The Home Depot
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This is a great book on container gardening.

Amazon.com: McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers (9780761116233): Rose Marie Nichols McGee, Maggie Stuckey: Books
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I only do herbs in the winter, but I have had the best luck with starting them in the garden and potting them to bring in before first frost. Weird, I know....but I can't start seeds indoors in winter.

I saw a nice set up in the forum at theeasygarden.com It was a plastic shelving unit with florescent bulbs mounted under each shelf. It wasn't very expensive. I'm thinking of trying this for lettuce.

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