Jess Parsons

Jess Parsons

Posted August 28, 2011

Published in Food

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Winter Window Harvest

Read More: garden, homegrown, New Zealand, organic food, tomato, vegetable, winter

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At the end of our New Zealand summer growing season, I planted some eager tomato volunteers for my first ever experiment with growing tomatoes inside.

My winter window tomatoes then...

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My winter window tomatoes now!


I've eaten two of the tiny red ones, and they are sweet and juicy.  Success!


Here's hoping all those big green and rosy-green ones get really red too.  Winter is ending and the sun in that window is getting even stronger.


I did not use a growing light as is commonly recommended, as I was aiming for a minimalist experiment.  With two small children also at floor level, I didn't want to invest in tricky, interesting and expensive equipment.  I did my best to provide light for as long as possible during the day, and artificial light in the evenings.

Will I do this again next winter?

This may depend on whether those big greenies get ripe for me.  The obstacle course at the end of the dining table was not always welcome.  I'd get a better return from several small herb pots.

What would you grow in a sunny window?