After cleansing the indoor veggie garden area and not having anything growing there for two months, it's time to get it going again.
I am of the opinion that the most bang for the buck in indoor growing is leafy green vegetables. They grow fast, they don't take a lot of space, they can handle cold temps, they start providing food long before they're mature, they don't need a lot of nutes, and they don't need a lot of light.
I'm also making my first foray into micro-greens. Because I can only grow so many heads of lettuce and the average seed pack contains a gazillion of them, I decided to use any lettuce seeds packed earlier than 2012 for micro-greens. I have enough of these seeds for several more trays if this one works out. If we really like it, I might set up a place just for them. I have three, 4', 2-bulb T-8 fixtures that would grow the heck out of micro-greens.
In the back tray, back row, left to right: Salad Bowl, Parris Island Romaine, Corn Salad, Prizehead
Front row: Amish Red Deer Tongue (a personal favorite), Tetue di Nimes, Crisp Mint Romaine, and Drunk Frizzy-Headed Woman.
In the front tray are all of the rest of my 2011 Corn Salad seeds and about a third of my remaining 2010 Tetue di Nimes.
I'll plant another tray of lettuce in about two weeks, with 8 more varities. Before then, I'll plant a tray of mintiature Napa and Chinese cabbages, a tray of spinach, and a tray or two of herbs. I plan to run about 20 trays all told. As they start growing, they takle more space and they'll end up 3 to a tray or 4 to a tray instead of 8. I'll keep it going perpetually all winter and dial it back in the Spring when I need space for seedlings for the outdoor gardens.
In addition to this 6-bulb T-5 fixture, I also have a 250-watt MH lamp that will grow all the spinach. I plan to have a whole lotta spinach plants going under there all the time. Maybe as may as 24. Maybe use half for growing baby spinach exclusively.