Starting up your own indoor garden may look like a scary and complicated prospect, but the truth is it is a pretty simple task, and if you follow some of the essential basic tips, you will pretty soon be enjoying the first fruits, vegetables and fresh aromatic herbs which you have grown by yourself.
Here are the top 10 tips for successful indoor gardening to follow:
1. Choose the Position for Your Home Garden Carefully
You should pick the plants for your home garden in accordance with the space you have, and of course based on the amount of direct sunlight they will be getting and the temperatures and humidity levels in the room of your choice.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of managing the arrangement pot by pot, you can opt for a good quality grow tent. You can grow your plants in it, and have full control over the temperature, humidity, lighting and air circulation inside.
In general, edible plants will thrive best with four to 12 hours of direct sunlight or with the use of artificial lighting from grow lamps.
Some herbs and plants like mint, basil or arugula will grow quickly and well even without too much direct sunlight, so make sure you check the instructions on the seeds and plants to see where to position which plant for the best effect.
2. Choose the right containers and pots for your plants
If you choose a smaller pot or container for your plant, you will be restricting the proper growth and development of its roots, and thus preventing it from growing big, strong and reaching full maturity.
So, stay away from small sized containers, and opt for larger ones which are at least six inches deep and tall if you want the best results.
Also, ensure that the containers have sufficient drainage holes on the bottom which will allow for the water to flow freely through the soil, and the excess water to be drained from the pot instead of getting stuck in it and causing the roots to rot.
3. Avoid direct sunlight and shady areas
Your home plants need light in order to grow and live, so make sure that they receive as much sunlight as the specific plant requires. If the sun is way too much, it may cause the plants to dry out very quickly.
Also, if there is a radiator or another heat source located too near, this can cause damage to the plants, and hinder their growth. On the other hand, placing the plants in an area which is permanently shady will also stop the plants from photosynthesizing properly and growing into healthy big mature ones.
4. Be careful with temperature extremes
This is especially important if you will be growing delicate plants, as a constant drought can cause a decrease of the humidity in the room, which is detrimental to most plants.
5. Water your plants wisely
Do not attempt to follow a strict schedule when it comes to the watering of your plants. Instead, test the dampness or the dryness of the soil first and then proceed to water or abstain from watering them.
The easiest way to check whether your plant needs watering is by inserting your finger in the soil to get the feel of it. It should neither be too soggy nor too dry. If it feels dry, go ahead and water the plant, but if it is soggy, leave it without water until the texture of the soil becomes damp.
Also, when you water a plant, ensure that you do it until the water starts seeping out of the drainage holes. This means that it has passed through the soil and through the roots.
6. Re-pot your plants regularly
Aim at repotting the plants in larger pots or containers every year or at least once every two years. This will ensure that their roots get a larger space to grow and that they remain stress-free and thrive properly for longer.
7. Let them rest in the winter season
When grown outdoors, plants rest in the colder seasons, so make sure that you move your home garden pots into a cooler area during the winter.
They won’t need so much watering or light during the winter so you can take a rest from your home gardening in the winter along with them.
8. Get the proper gardening tools
You should get the gardening tools which you will need to take proper care of your indoor garden. You should get a watering can with a long spout, a mister for humidifying and washing the plants, a fork with a long handle and a pair of gardening scissors to access tougher areas as the main gardening tools.
9. Choose plants which will thrive for longer
If you don’t want to plant new plants every spring, then opt for those which can live for years instead, with the proper care and regular repotting you can grow plants for years to come.
10. Be vigilant when it comes to your indoor garden
Make sure you regularly inspect your plants for any tell-tale signs that they may be stressed, infested by pests or are suffering from other problems.
Some common signs to look for is browning and withering leaves, buds falling off, brown tips of the leaves, the appearance of mold or rot in the pot and others. If you take care of a problem in time, you can save your plant from dying on you.
As you can see, there is nothing complicated or difficult about growing your own vegetables, fruits, and other edible plants at home. You don’t need to have too much space, spend too much time or money in order to be able to enjoy watching your plants grow and eating the healthy, organic fruits and veggies with pride, joy and a sense of fulfillment.
Your home indoor garden just needs the proper containers, lighting, air circulation, temperature and humidity levels and of course regular watering and a touch of love from your side in order to thrive.
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