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Am I becoming a Paleo HIPPY? (indoor gardening: WTF!)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Yesterday, I walked 3 miles round trip to buy raw milk and grass fed beef liver.

Today, I'm investigating the feasibility of indoor gardening for my high-rise condo in Philadelphia.

Have I drunken the cool-aide ?

If I start walking around with those silly looking Flinstone toe-shoes, please slap me!

Is an indoor garden worth the hassle?

Will it give me extra 'street-cred' with my fellow cavemen? (much like driving a prius for a tree-hugger?)

Anyone paleo peeps here do indoor gardening? I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially from a paleo perspective.

Thanks!

Caveman Mike

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 15, 2013
at 01:28 AM

^^someone doesn't know what sarcasm is

48b57850cebfee6119de39c5bdb5a31e

(40)

on April 13, 2013
at 10:40 PM

I'm surprised this wasn't down voted as drinking a glass of Kool-Aid from time to time is not binging, granted it's not good for you. Eating a block of butter, now that's binging whether it's Paleo or not, nor is it healthy either. Point is eating or drinking something that's not Paleo in a small amount or moderation from time to time does not mean you just binged. If I had 100 rep I would've down voted this

48b57850cebfee6119de39c5bdb5a31e

(40)

on April 13, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I live in Sunshine Coast Queensland. No snow but due to it being in a tropical area when it rains it feels like I'm drowning on dry land. I just suck it up and ride (and wear swim shorts)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 13, 2013
at 09:49 PM

I only spent about 5 minutes googling hydroponic gardening, but it sounds like a major hassle. I've stopped considering that: http://www.ehow.com/facts_7762177_mold-hydroponics.html

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:55 AM

Also, a cute little pot can grow an endless supply of green onions. Simply plant the roots and bulbs of green onions, and cut off the green when you need. Keeps re-growing all year!

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:52 AM

Mary is right. Herbs are the way to go here. Rosemary, Chives, Thyme, Basil, and Mint are staples in my indoor/balcony garden. We also do tomatoes, goya (climbing Japanese cucumbers), lettuce, and peppers.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Where do you live? Just curious, because no public transport would be tough for me in the Winter.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:47 AM

only the ones mentioned above :)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on April 13, 2013
at 01:25 AM

someone is high on herbs...

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Yes, you've just binged, so you should do a water fast for at least 5 days.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Well, if you have good sun on your balcony, look into an Earth Box (that's the actual name). They are amazing in small spaces. Can't bring it inside, but I've grown tomatoes, squash, cukes. They're great for small spaces.

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(1087)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:03 PM

Whoah, Mary. Whoah.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 12, 2013
at 10:47 PM

you growin the wacky tabbaky.? :)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 12, 2013
at 09:25 PM

it makes u alpha-paleo :-)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 12, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Actually, I have a huge balcony. I'm thinking it would be cool to have year-round, indoors.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on April 12, 2013
at 06:39 PM

I assume you don't have a balcony? If you do, do an Earth Box...they're pretty great. And yes, you're a hippy, IMHO.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 12, 2013
at 05:50 PM

You walked three miles for animal products. Hippies tend to do the whole raw veganism thing. They like tofu. You are no hippy. You might look like one though, except usually they are scrawnier than we are.

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on April 12, 2013
at 10:52 PM

indoor gardens very metro, modern, chic, uber-cool, cheffy, hippy shmipppy .. having fresh herbs to snip is a great idea! do it!!!!!!!!!.. :) cilantro, rosemary, chives, lemon thyme, basil, etc etc....WHEATGRASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.. SCOOOOOOOOOOOOBY DOOOOOOOOOOOOBY DOOOOOOO IT!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on April 13, 2013
at 01:25 AM

someone is high on herbs...

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:55 AM

Also, a cute little pot can grow an endless supply of green onions. Simply plant the roots and bulbs of green onions, and cut off the green when you need. Keeps re-growing all year!

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:52 AM

Mary is right. Herbs are the way to go here. Rosemary, Chives, Thyme, Basil, and Mint are staples in my indoor/balcony garden. We also do tomatoes, goya (climbing Japanese cucumbers), lettuce, and peppers.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:47 AM

only the ones mentioned above :)

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(1087)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:03 PM

Whoah, Mary. Whoah.

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12d62aa5dc366c8aae129c51aefd36b0

(70)

on April 12, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Love your sense of humor Caveman Mike. I was just reading up on this myself recently. I thought if I could get some giant PVC tubes I could halve them and start an indoor hydroponics area. But when I looked up the leaching those puppies do I decided to try some other kind of container. I stumbled on these, and they make sense for lugging things in and out, and changing up the growing from one crop to the next. http://www.smartpots.com/

I'm still thinking hydroponics long term (we have a sun space), but container gardening this past year on the balcony was exceptional. If this makes me a "whatever" label, bring it. It's great that we've been able to slow it down a bit and enjoy our local farmer's efforts.

I've seen containers made out of pallets that are awesome too. http://gardenista.com/posts/diy-a-painted-garden-bed-on-wheels Then you can build these with the extra pallets that you find http://remodelista.com/posts/studio-mama-chair

btw: you're not into full hippy until you buy the whole cow, and it tags along as you walk home. barefoot.

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48b57850cebfee6119de39c5bdb5a31e

on April 12, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I biked 30km total yesterday just to

Attend Vocational Placement

Trade the free bread and takeaway lunch I get from my vocational with someone for veggies to take home.

Visit my Parents

Go to the Butcher to buy some Kidneys and Liver

I make a rule to never take public transport, I don't own a car, I bike or walk everywhere.

Starting Monday I'll be going back to school (TAFE) and planning to start Crossfit as well.

If you're a hippy then I wonder what that makes me? :p

BTW: Indoor gardening doesn't mean you're going hippy, just means you care about yourself and your health.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on April 12, 2013
at 09:25 PM

it makes u alpha-paleo :-)

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 13, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Where do you live? Just curious, because no public transport would be tough for me in the Winter.

48b57850cebfee6119de39c5bdb5a31e

(40)

on April 13, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I live in Sunshine Coast Queensland. No snow but due to it being in a tropical area when it rains it feels like I'm drowning on dry land. I just suck it up and ride (and wear swim shorts)

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on April 12, 2013
at 06:42 PM

If you enjoy it, then who cares?

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on April 13, 2013
at 01:53 AM

I indoor-garden in our apartment, and grow some stuff on our small balcony. (It's minimal right now, though.) You can grow all sorts of awesome stuff indoors. I had various greens and culinary herbs growing near windows. You can even grow dwarf citrus indoors with a little patience. Do you have a balcony at all? Tomatoes would be easy if you get some sun. (They're doable indoors, too, but it takes more work.)

I grow some flowers on our balcony and indoors (indoor plants include orchids and bromeliads), but most of the plants I have are food.

*You might look at getting some bright light plants and some that work with a little shade during the off hours (like mint, etc.)

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on April 13, 2013
at 01:26 AM

There is minimalist footwear that looks like conventional shoes. The most comfortable ones I've found are Merrell Road Gloves.

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on April 13, 2013
at 01:04 AM

http://sproutpeople.org

okay so personally I would never use the word "groovy" to describe anything, but if you are interested in doing some indoor gardening and have a sunny enough spot on your window, I would suggest you look into doing some sunflower seed and pee shoot greens, they are amazingly delicious and so easy to grow indoors. also leafy greens like salad mix, and herbs will do well indoors, just make sure they get some fresh air movement by from an open window or a fan and tons of natural light.

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on April 12, 2013
at 11:04 PM

People are going to label you whether you like it or not and whether its accurate or not. Seriously, waste no more time on wondering what other people will think and just do what you want to do.

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on April 12, 2013
at 11:03 PM

Yes, you're turning into the paleolithic hippy. Soon you'll start shunning shoes all together, ditch your car, and wander in a brown modern loin cloth. And you'll also never wash your hair with shampoo again. Only water.

Dreads are pretty sweet though.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 12, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Kool-Aid isn't Paleo...if you drank it, THIS IS YOUR CHEAT DAY. YOU HAVE JUST BINGED

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

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on April 12, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Yes, you've just binged, so you should do a water fast for at least 5 days.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 15, 2013
at 01:28 AM

^^someone doesn't know what sarcasm is

48b57850cebfee6119de39c5bdb5a31e

(40)

on April 13, 2013
at 10:40 PM

I'm surprised this wasn't down voted as drinking a glass of Kool-Aid from time to time is not binging, granted it's not good for you. Eating a block of butter, now that's binging whether it's Paleo or not, nor is it healthy either. Point is eating or drinking something that's not Paleo in a small amount or moderation from time to time does not mean you just binged. If I had 100 rep I would've down voted this

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34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on April 12, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Maybe. Isn't it tasty kool-aid though? I wish I had the space for an indoor garden, better yet for a garden of any kind! If you want to start one, just do it. Who cares? It's your home!

Also 3 miles round trip isn't really all that much. I walk to our summer farmer's market that's about the same distance.

PS - Those "silly looking Flintstone toe-shoes" are the best damn things I've ever bought. No more back and knee pain for me! No more blisters on my feet from shoving them into shoes they don't want to wear, and no more ingrown toenails!

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