Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by Daniel Cooper
When we say “indoor” we men just that – windowsills and countertops, balcony, in-house pots, and planters. The fact that you live in an apartment, or that winter is upon us and you must leave your beloved garden covered in snow outdoors, does not mean you cannot grow your own herbs and vegetables indoor!
Truth is that herbs and vegetables are perfect for indoor existence because they do not need huge amounts of space, they are reasonably uncomplicated to grow and, relatively, so easy to maintain. Finally, they make the best virtual mates one could wish for.
Growing Vegetable Indoor Beginner’s Guide
Indoor gardens are simple to set up and they don’t have to cost the earth. Here is how you do it:
1. The first thing to consider is, naturally, what it is you’d like to grow. Usually, the most popular ones are potatoes, baby carrots, corn, courgettes, edible flowers.
Any other vegetables or herbs you love are welcome (peas, beans, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, salad leaves, radishes, chilies. Herbs – coriander, lemongrass, chives, mint, parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, etc.)
2. Where will your garden be? Space is, of course, important to you, as well as to your garden, so you’ll have to plan to share. Minimum requirements for your future housemates are a lot of sun and water.
You can use plant sticks to make sure your plants grow straight up, and you can make them yourself from old metal coat-hangers, which you can then paint in happy colors.
3. Start collecting your seed-packets in good time. Read each package for instructions as to when to start sowing the seeds. If you fear that it may become too complex, make a simple timetable – with dates and plant names, to make sure you do not miss a sowing deadline. Make sure you have (or ordered) all the seeds you want to sow in your garden.
4. Get your planting receptacles! This is, once again, an opportunity to plan ahead: measure the area/s that you have assigned for your garden, consider the size of the plants that will hopefully bring your garden to life, and use a receptacle accordingly.
Old pots, granny cauldron, a discarded toolbox, anything would do, really, as long as you make sure they have holes at the bottom, to ensure good irrigation.
5. Ready? Prepare your garden soil. Get compost (get advice in your local nursery as to the required mix). Check your planting schedule – and get sowing! Oh, before you forget — keep your pets away from your garden, if you want it to survive.
As any person who grew vegetables and herbs at home knows (ask your parents or grandparents, they’ll tell you), once all the work has been done, the gardens prepared, the seeds are sown, light and water provided, and your favorite music played to the budding darlings – the garden will grow and thrive no matter what you do.
The light will play one of the most important parts of growing plants indoors. Some plants will not grow at all without the light, others’ growth may be stinted while others will grow madly and offer an abundance of colorful, delicious vegetables and herbs.
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