I've come to realize that I have too many vegetable plants in the house! No, really ... I have like 50 different plants. o_O
They are almost all still very, very small. However, I know none of them are going to stay this way. But I'm afraid to put them outside! I would love a way to keep my plants inside, not only for the decoration, but for the ease of taking care of them and to prevent bugs from getting into them. DF actually doesn't care if I leave them inside - but I would have nowhere to put them once they get bigger and really no way of providing them sunlight (they are in the windows now, since they are so small still, but I won't be able to keep them there when they get moved to larger pots).
There are a number of issues I'm trying to figure out how to deal with right now, in order to make having them outside work, and any ideas would be helpful! And any ideas on how to keep my soon-to-be-massive garden indoors would be even better!!
1) I live in the desert. It is VERY hot and VERY dry most of the year. I'm a little worried that the plants will end up being "cooked" in the sun. Not only the poor little plants, but any vegetables they produce. There is no cover from direct sunlight from 7 am to around 7 pm. We have no trees. :(
2) It is insanely windy where I live, 90% of the year. I'm afraid of injury to the plants because of this (and when I say windy, I mean 30+ mph on a regular basis, with gusts up to about 70-75 mph at times). However, I can't provide cover for them, thanks to the wind. It would have to be a greenhouse type setup in order to survive the windy days, and DF said no because we aren't at our "permanent home" yet and it would be expensive. :(
3) We have a really bad problem with burrowing rats, mice, gophers, chipmunks and ground squirrels. Not to mention very large rabbits that have been munching on my roses. DF offered to build me a planter to ward of these pests, but because of the previous mentioned issues (and the fact that a planter might keep the gophers out, but the others will just climb right in) I don't want the planter out in the yard. He won't let me have a planter on the porch, or near the house at all. We've been having problems with centipedes (big, scary ones) getting in the house lately and he is convinced it's the Oleander bushes in front of the house (they were there when we bought the house, and we're very gradually getting rid of them).
Thank you in advance! I love my plants, a little too much (I totally admit to planting too many. LOL) and I really hope to figure something out! I will be so sad if they die!