How to Grow Lettuce Indoors in the Winter & Grow Light Giveaway // Indoor Garden Series 🌱

hi everyone welcome back to the indoor
garden series now I know a lot of you have shut down your Gardens for the
winter it’s freezing cold outside and your gardens are covered with snow and
you can’t get outside to grow anything or maybe you’re in the south like I am
and you can still grow outside but it’s a lot of fun to have some vegetables
growing indoors so a few weeks ago on the indoor garden series we planted some
microgreens these are so much fun if you haven’t planted in it yet go back and
watch that video you can just snip and clip and throw into your soups and
salads but today we’re gonna grow some lettuce inside now on this video we’re
also doing a giveaway this is so exciting
we’re gonna be giving away this bamboo mini grow light station this is
absolutely beautiful it has a really nice high output light it fits easily
under my cabinet here you can also hang it on the wall so here’s how you enter
the drawing is open to US residents only you want to watch this video and then
make a comment about something you learned in the video and we’ll do the
drawing on Monday November 18th 2019 on our Monday livestream at noon Pacific
time so comment below and then come back and
watch the Monday livestream to see if you’re a winner good luck I hope you win
now let’s go grab some seeds and we’ll plant some lettuce we’re gonna plant
some loads today from the CaliKim lettuce seed collection and I love this
collection there’s five varieties in here and I put this together to make it
easy for new gardeners to get started let’s get some seeds planted growing
lettuce indoors is so quick and simple you just need three things containers
soil and seeds so first off let’s talk containers now you don’t need to go out
and spend a lot of money on containers dig around your house and use whatever
you can find that’s the beauty of it you don’t need a big huge container you want
something that fits the space that you have so if you’re growing on a
windowsill you might want to pick a small container like this one and I
picked these up at the dollar store a couple years ago are we I’ve reused them
for years you can see it’s maybe about four inches or so tall and maybe about
eight inches or so across now I did go ahead and drill holes in the bottom for
drainage you definitely want drainage in whatever container you choose whether it
comes with drainage or you poke holes in it you want the water to drain through
and you don’t want the lettuce root rot now one of my favorite more
decorative containers is this cute little wooden box here and I don’t
remember how I got this but I can use this to go outside indoors it’s really
decorative and pretty sitting right here next to my kitchen sink and I just
really love the look of it and I also drilled holes in the bottom of this
container as well now if you want to go with something a lot more simple dig
through your cabinets and pull out those little reusable plastic containers that
you store your food in so this one I did go ahead and drill holes in as well and
it just makes a nice little tray of lettuce it’s really simple and you don’t
have to get too fancy today I’m gonna plant some lettuce in these fabric smart
pots now these little small containers hold about a gallon of soil these are
actually the transplant errs which you might have seen me use in the summer
time to transplant tomatoes out in the garden but today we’re going to use them
for growing some indoor lettuce so they’re perfect for that and the cool
thing about these is once you’re done growing you can just fold them up for
easy storage now that we’ve talked containers let’s talk soil now when
you’re growing indoors you definitely do not want to bring in your garden soil
from outside number one it’s just too heavy for containers number two you
might bring in some unwanted pests and you definitely don’t want those flying
around your house so you want to get a good quality organic potting mix and my
favorite is Good Dirt this is a potting mix that’s especially formulated for
indoor growing so it’s really light and fluffy it has a lot of organic and
nutrients in it and it’s made from sustainably harvest peat moss really
helps with the water retention of your soil so it doesn’t dry out as quickly
and what I’m gonna do is pre moisten my soil here I like to do that before I
plant my seeds and I just feel like this helps the soil retain moisture longer
gives the plants what they need right off the bat to start growing right away
so I’m going to add some soil to this container here then I’m going to mix it
in so that all the water gets absorbed into the soil and I’m gonna keep adding
water and mixing it in until the soil is about the consistency of a crumbly
brownie mix you don’t want it to be too wet
you don’t want there to be any dry spots now that our soil is a consistency of a
nice crumbly brownie mix we’re gonna fill our containers fill my little smart
pots all the way full here now that we have our containers full
with soil let’s plant some seeds well we’re gonna plant lettuce today from the
CaliKim lettuce seed collection five varieties in there when you’re growing
lettuce it’s always fun to have different colors and different textures
it really makes your salad pretty and it’s also a lot of fun so today we’re
gonna plant some Paris Cos romaine which is one of my favorites and it’s
growing right here in this little container very beautiful variety of
lettuce and also a red romaine so we’ll have some green lettuce and some red
lettuce in our salads it’s going to be very pretty
now growing lettuce indoors is also a really fun project to do with kids now a
lot of times what you can do is give them their own little container to grow
in they’ll get excited about seeing the lettuce grow and sprout and a lot of
times it’ll help them eat salads even more so first off we’re just gonna pour
a few of the Paris cause seeds into my hand growing lettuce is just so so
simple and I’m just gonna sprinkle the seeds over the surface of the soil you
just even this out here a little bit now if you can sprinkle your seeds one to
two inches apart but you can see they’re so tiny so they’re hard to get spaced
out really evenly so don’t worry about it if you get a few more dropped in
there you can always send the little seedlings out as you grow so just
lightly sprinkling it over the surface of the soil now lettuce needs light to
germinate so you don’t even need to cover it with soil all you have to do
just kind of lightly press it down so it has good contact with the soil I’m gonna
spray it with a little mist of water now let’s pop some red romaine seeds
into this little smart pots container I love growing red romaine because it’s
just such a beautiful color it’s always fun to see the beautiful red salad
growing indoors so we’re just gonna sprinkle some seeds over the soil just
like we did with the other container now when you’re growing lettuce it’s a good
idea to plant seeds in a container every couple of weeks
that way when you’re done harvesting from one container you’ll have brand new
lettuce greens coming up ready to take their place so I’ll just press down the
top of the soil spray it with water and I’m gonna pop some little tags in so I
don’t forget what variety I planted now that we have our lettuce seeds planted
they need some light so they grow those beautiful tasty greens now you can pop
them in a window that has three to four hours of sunlight a day keep in mind
though lettuce is a cool weather vegetable so you don’t want your window
to get too hot now what I found is that lettuce grows best under grow lights now
don’t let that scare you I have a video on three easy setups that are quick and
inexpensive to get set up however remember that giveaway we talked about
the beginning of the video the giveaway today is for this bamboo mini grow light
it’s super decorative it fits right under the cabinet and I’ve really been
enjoying having easy access to my greens and my herbs so we’re just gonna pop our
smart pots right under the grow light here now normally I recommend that you
put your seeds no more than two inches away from the light
but because this is such a high output light your plants can be farther away
from it and grow just beautifully one thing that makes lut is so quick and
simple to grow inside is that the seeds break through the soil so fast so it’s
an especially friend project to do with kids so give them the job of keeping an
eye on the lettuce containers make sure that they watch the top of the soil when
it turns a light brown color let’s have them come in and spray it and they are
gonna get so excited when they see the seeds break through the soil in about
three to five days now your lettuce is ready to harvest in about four to six
three gonna look just about like this it’s
gonna be so fun to come in here pick off a few little leaves what I like to do is
just pinch off a couple of the outer leaves it’s called the cut and come
again method then after about a week or so some of the leaves will start growing
back you got your first little salad I want to thank Gardener’s for making
this beautiful bamboo mini grow light available for our giveaway make sure you
enter the giveaway you definitely don’t want to miss this one comment below
about something you learned in the video and that is your entry we’ll do the
drawing on Monday November 18th 2019 on our noon pacific time livestream so tune
back in to see if you’ve won and remember the giveaway is open for US
residents only so grab yourself a lettuce seed collection over on my
website get yourself some lettuce seats planted indoors it’s gonna be so much
fun to have those fresh tasty salads growing inside when it’s too cool to
grow anything outside thanks so much for watching we’ll see you on the next video


  • CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY

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  • Love lettuce it’s so was to grow once you figure out the microclimate outside, great video hope I win the grow station 🙌😁👌

  • I am almost 73 yrs old and gave been trying to get a garden started today I learned that Peat moss is good for starting lettuce. I have had my sprouts eaten by rabbits and the seeds in my planter stolen by Quail. To grow something indoors would be great if I don't have to move it outdoors.

  • I learned so much about indoor gardening from this video but the one thing that stands out is the fact that lettuce doesn't take that long to grow from seed to harvest.

  • I learn that you do not need to cover the seeds

  • I learned that I don’t need to cover the seeds with soil. Just press and mist. 🙂

  • Never thought of growing indoor lettuce. Might work real good here in ND where the days get real short during winter months.

  • I learned lettuce seeds only need a light misting and you do not need to cover just press the seeds.

  • I did not know that you did not have to cover the lettuce seeds with soil. Maybe that is why I had so much trouble getting lettuce to grow. Am excited to try this method indoors and see if I have any luck.

  • I learned that growing indoors isn’t as complicated as one might expect it to be!

  • I learned that lettuce grows well indoors under grow lights. Thank you!

  • I learned that the “Good Dirt” Garden soil is especially formulated to favor indoor gardening due to its porous texture and “airy consistency” which is excellent when germinating seeds- even when it’s freezing cold outside! 🙂

  • I so need that grow light! I learned that lettuce is supposed to be easy! I haven't had any luck in 2 years. 🙁 Also that they grow best under grow lights!

  • All I can say is you make everything look so easy and you are such an inspiration to us all!! Thank you 💞
    Now who knew that I should wet the soil prior to planting?? SMH. I spray until I hope the soil is moist enough. Such a simple clear concept! Thank you once again 🤗

  • wow unbelievable what an amazing lesson, i have been gardening for over 40 years, this year i started my first fall garden and it was all eaten by critters. I so want to starty again and make an indoor garden. I LEARNED THAT INDOOR PLANTS NEED AN INDOOR SOIL, THAT ALL I NEED IS TO SPRINKLE THE SEEDS AND NOT BURY THEM, AND MAKE SURE THE SOIL IS LIKE CRUMBLY NOT TOO WET. Thanks i have your pots and i look forward to trying this indoor to plant with my special needs kids too.

  • Luz Adriana Martinez

    Great video. Today I learned that I can plant lettuce every 3-4 weeks to have a continuous harvest. BTW, we have the same style cabinets 😉

  • I live in so cal and just can't seem to grow lettuce I learned not to bury the seeds I have been placing them 1 inch down. I think I will try the grow light for indoors I love your channel

  • Thank you so much for your video! I didn't know lettuce can be grown inside as well. I am in Oklahoma and we had an early freeze that took out everything but my spinach. I would love a chance to grow indoors this season! Thanks again ❤

  • I learned a time frame in which to plant my lettuce indoors for an ongoing harvest. Every 2 weeks. Very helpful , thanks so much !

  • Thank you for all the time you put into your videos. How you explain things. I learned about the cut and come again way of harvesting lettuce. I have had such failure with growing greens outdoors. Thank you for your generosity in all the you do.

  • Well, what I learned is that you don't really need to cover the seed with soil, just lightly press them into the soil.
    Thank you

  • Andrea Breckenridge

    I didn’t know there was special indoor soil

  • Sweat, Focus, Repeat, Believe

    I learned that you can grow lettuce in the winter time indoors with window light and/or grow lights!

  • I learned a few things. I never realized that potting mix for indoor and outdoor does make a difference when growing you’re plants. I have used indoor potting mix in my outdoor beds before and never understood why I had lousy outcomes. And that goes vise versa. Like many others here I also never knew that lettuce seeds don’t need to be covered that they grow best from the direct sunlight. Also that they germinate so fast! 3-5 days sounds like a great easy beginner plant.

  • I have been trying to grow lettuce. And I always kill it! I think I may be over watering it. I learned in this video to spray my soul with a spray bottle. Wow, and I also learned to add more seeds. I tend to only put a few seeds in! Great video!! Now I am going to watch more of your videos!!!

  • I learned that I could use really cheap $1 containers and always to add holes at the bottom for drainage of course.

    Also by reading through some comments it helps to add on and keep the retention of what I learned from the video foremost in my brain.
    A quick edit after getting to the end of this video: I also learned that you have the same color spray that I have as well!!! Lol 😆

  • I learned that lettuce is a cool season vegetable and you should make sure it's not near a window that gets too hot.

  • I learned so much! First, lettuce seeds need light to germinate, so you don’t have to cover them with a lot of soil. I also learned that it’s a good idea to plant more seeds every two weeks or so, in order to keep fresh letttuce growing and available to harvest. Also, to use bagged indoor potting mix to prevent bringing insects inside. I learned everything I need to know to get started growing lettuce indoors.

  • I learned to know the plant’s lighting needs make it's healthy and productive.

  • I learned that the lights in the bamboo grow light are higher output than normal grow lights and the seeds don't need to be so close to them to germinate and grow!

  • Have you check out the dollar store laterly they have some cute santa containers that would be good for micro green or salad. I learned different containers can be planting containers.

  • I did not know that lettuce needs light to germinate! Thank you for the very informative video👍

  • I thought lettuce needed more than just 3-4 hours of light, so glad because that is all the light I have available 😊

  • Didn't realized lettuce needs light to germinate. I would love the grow light set because we had early snow and killed everything outside. I am growing microgreens in the house on my west window. I don't have south-facing windows. Thanks for this informative video.

  • I learned I can use common items, add some drainage holes, and I have a planter for microgreens. Thanks for the great content, it has made me a more confident gardener.

  • I learned that lettuce needs 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day.

  • Container that I plant lettuce in will need to have drainage holes,
    Thank you 😊

  • I learned that lettuce seeds need light to germinate and that you shouldn't bury them under the soil.

  • I learned that lettuce Seeds need sunlight to germinate!!! What a beautiful grow system!!

  • I learned that grow bags can be used for indoors, I thought they were just used for outdoors planting. Thanks!

  • Yay…giveaway! Thats a nice grow setup Kim…I learned not to bring outdoor soil, indoor…never would have thought of that….Thanks!

  • I learned that grow lights are good because you don’t want leggy seedlings. I’ve been using a windowsill and a south facing window for quite a while, and a lot of them are leggy. I would love to get a grow light but they are expensive and I don’t have room. This would be great for me because I could hang it on my wall. Thanks Kim. You have inspired me so much. ❤️❤️

  • I didn't know that lettuce seeds need light to germinate! Sowing them inside under a growlight makes so much more sense to me now. Thank you!

  • Wow! New subscriber. I'm impressed that you can grow lettuce in almost any container. What I learned is that lettuce is a "cold weather vegetable". Thank you to the sponsors for the giveaway! Who wouldn't love winning that beauty.

  • I learned that I need to get some indoor soil. Thanks!

  • I would like to try the grow light indoor garden, I try many time and it never grow…

  • I was excited to learn about transportable pots!

  • I learned that you can use just about anything to grow lettuce in! I could definitely use this grow light by …I eat a salad everyday…I NEED TO START GROWING SOME LETTUcE! Lol… 😂👌

  • I actually have two of the Flowers and Garden growing pans, and learned that I will need to drill holes for drainage before planting in them. Thank you for this inspiring video as we enter the grey months here in the Pacific Northwest!

  • Didn't think of growing lettuce indoors. Learned that I don't have to cover the seeds and that planting new seeds every few weeks will keep my supply constant were both helpful tips! Thank you.

  • I love that I can grow lettuce indoors
    I will have to start them soon

  • I did not know you did not need to cover lettuce seeds with soil! Thank you for all the great information!

  • Today I learned that when you are planting indoors you don't want to use the same soil as outdoors because it can be too heavy and you can bring in pests. Good to know!

  • TrinklesGarden and Life

    Hi Kim I always enjoy watching you and it is nice to know that I can use my transplanter smartpot inside so I am going start my lettuce today. Thanks so much!

  • I learned that it's good to moisten the soil before planting your lettuce seeds.

  • Hey Kim, 👋 I am currently trying to grow lettuce indoors and am having a little success, a little fails but hey, what can ya do? I learned that the high energy output bamboo light makes it to where you don’t have to keep the light very close to the seedlings. Which is great to keep from getting leggy sprouts. Thanks Kim❤️

  • I didn't realize lettuce needed light to germinate. Makes it really easy. I always have trouble getting seeds at the right depth. Just sprinkle seeds, press, and mist. Wow!

  • I learned that you have an indoor seed collection and to use any containers you have around the house!

  • Didn’t know there was a difference in soil for indoors

  • I had no idea that you didn’t need to put the seeds down further . That misting them lightly and not drowning them with a little water was the way to go . I’m going to try this , this winter . I would love to have your beautiful light rack to start out this new process . I’m so excited to grow lettuce indoors !!! 😊

  • Hey Kim! I learned that Good Dirt potting mix is made from sustainably grown peat moss. Really cute little growing frame!

  • I use to not succeed in growing lettuce I have almost given up , I learnt that my mistake was I was putting dirt over it. Thanks Cali I love how you inspire me always I love watching you.

  • I learned about the CaliKim lettuce seed collection, thanks 🙂

  • I learned that I need to press my lettuce seeds just to the dirt. I've probably been covering too much in my past attempts🙄
    I will try again Monday! Another planting for succession harvesting! Hopefully this one will sprout!
    Fingers crossed, Gardeners' Bamboo Grow Light looks amazing! Could use this for spring seedlings!
    Thanks for the info Kim!
    (I set up YouTube account to subscribe to you & Gary. Thanks for bringing me into the connected world! Lol)

  • I learned that growing lettuce indoors is quite low maintenance, you don’t have to bury the seeds, the seeds need light to germinate, and you can use practically any container as long as it has proper drainage.

  • Well, I learned to use potting soil for INDOORS not a bagged soil for the garden

  • Gardener's Supply

    Thanks for the great information on growing greens indoors. We're excited to be able to give one of these new LED grow light systems to one of your followers. Good luck, everyone! – Amanda E., Employee-Owner, Gardener's Supply

  • I have always grown herbs indoors, but today I learned that growing lettuce year- round may be easier than I thought. I may even get the CaliKim collection once I run out of lettuce seed. I have three of the Calikim collection that i'm so excited to plant in the spring!

  • Great video! I learned you can up-cycle containers you may have around the house for planting by drilling holes in them. Thank you!

  • Hey Kim! In today's video, I learned the importance of using an indoor potting mix. I think the light weight soil will help to create a stronger root system with my indoor plants. On another note, I also wanted to thank you for all of your videos. They have so helpful and inspiring!

  • I learned to not bring soil from outside to the inside because you can bring in pest. Thanks Kim

  • Small wonder garden

    I've used the plastic containers that greens come in from the grocery store to grow my own greens. I never considered using the small smartpot, that's a wonderful idea! I definitely need a good grow light in my house , that one from Gardeners is so beautiful! Having that would make my winter go so much better.

  • I learned that lettuce grows better under grow lights. Since my window seal does get warm I’ll keep them under the grow lights. What an awesome giveaway! Can’t wait to watch your live stream.

  • I had no idea that lettuce seeds didn’t need to be covered with soil! Thank you ☺️ I’m hoping to get my garden started properly in my new home next month

  • I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to starting a garden project and I feel like I need to have the exact right containers and they need to match. I learned that a great way to get started is to just use whatever containers you have on hand and drilling holes on the bottom yourself is an easy option

  • Love that the little smart pots work indoors!!

  • I didn't realize lettuce needed light to germinate. Thanks for this video. I am definitely going to grow lettuce with my grandkids this winter.

  • I learned that lettuce is a cold weather vegetable.. haven’t done too much gardening yet, mostly herbs for the kitchen.. also into aquatic plants for aquariums.

  • I learned the size of the containers really males a difference! I have used a soldering iron to make the holes. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • I'm so sad I missed out on the giveaway. My comment is: I learn so much watching your youtube channel. You have inspired me to head up my community garden and created a community of 'The Sustainable Garden Club' and the kids gardening program is growing as well because kids love gardening too. I am of the belief system that we can start where we are using inexpensive ways to start and grow our own vegetable & cut-flower gardens in small spaces using containers.
    Thank you, Calikim29 Garden & Home DIY for all you and Camera Guy do! 🙂

  • The Game Corner 4321

    I learned that you really need to cover lettuce seeds with soil all you need to do is put on water

  • The Game Corner 4321

    I learned that you really need to cover lettuce seeds with soil all you need to do is put on water by the way I love your videos ❤️

  • Hi Calikim, noticed how much easier it is to wet the soil mixture before potting up.  thanks for the tip.  love the grow light…! thx

  • I learned that lettuce needs at least 4 hours of sunlight a day and they grow best under grow lights.

  • Subiksha Priya Karunanithi

    Awesome video and great products ! Just learned that lettuce seeds need light to germinate. I always put them 1/4” deep and don’t get them germinated.. will definitely try to sprinkle seeds next time onwards.. thanks Kim

  • Like some others, I didn't realize that there was indoor and outdoor soil. I just have a bag of soil in my garage that I use for my indoor timeframe.

  • I learned that you should use "Good Dirt Indoor Potting Mix" for indoor plants. Mix the soil with water before adding to the pots. Grow lights work best for lettuce. I so want to do this!! 🙂

  • Hi Kim~
    I learned a few ideas for pots, like plastics from the kitchen. Also learned to use special indoor potting mix and premoisten before planting. Thanks for all you do to keep even old gardeners in the know.
    Warmest regards,

  • Kim you are the person who encouraged me to use grow lights. I learned how easy it is. Thanks, Rita

  • I learned how to start growing indoor with grow lights, and that it can be done inexpensively. I am growing a whole garden of seedlings! Thanks for your encouraging us to use grow lights and grow indoor when outside isn't an option.
    Love it!

  • Colette & Michael Thiel

    I learned that you don't have to cover the seeds with soil. Never knew that!

  • I learned I can use those great containers from Christmas gifts such as wine and cheese packages. I always think I should use them for something. I have always wanted to try using a grow light. I also learned that they don't need more than 3 hrs of sunlight to start. Thanks so much for helping everyone with learning how to grow.




  • I learned that the combination of moisture, warmth with the right soil is key to the strong beginning.

  • Heavens Essentials

    Awesome I did not know you could grow great veggies under lights!!

  • Learned that garden containers can be found at the dollar store.

  • Thank you, missed the give away but learned not to cover lettuce just pat in thanks again.

  • Just found your channel and so glad I did. I learned so much by your video and the best tip is just using every day containers to grow lettuce inside. Just need to drill holes and use a light potting soil. You have encouraged me to try going lettuce inside!

  • I have seven cats in my house. I will have to build a green house.

  • Great video! I love all the decorative pots you use, especially the coffee mugs. I learned you can make flower pots out of anything. Thanks for the video.

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