If you like gardening and would like to grow all year round, but your climate does not allow you to grow outdoors in the winter months, you can always create an indoor garden. Whether you want to grow herbs, vegetables, fruit or all of the above, you will find these tips for the indoor garden that will be useful. There are many growing guides and tutorials on the indoor garden online, so it is important to do your research before starting. As with most projects, it is wise to gather the relevant information needed to grow a successful indoor garden.
The 7 best tips for indoor gardening:
- Correct light – Make sure you provide enough light for your plants. If they receive too much light for intensity or time, they will become weaker and more fragile every day. Even if your home or office isn’t getting enough sunlight, you can purchase an indoor grow lamp. If adding a grow light isn’t an option, you can always choose a variety of plants that will grow well in low-light environments.
- Take a shower to your plants – No kidding! You don’t have to wash them every day, but it’s a good thing to spray them regularly with fresh water. The water will remove the dust and contaminants that may have landed on the leaves. Plants will absorb water through their leaves, so it’s great for keeping your garden well hydrated.
- Soil issues – Choose your terrain wisely. Sometimes pesticides and weeds are found in the outdoor soil which can be harmful to houseplants. Use a pro-mix or create your own soil specially designed for the indoor growing environment. You can better control the amount of nutrients and other ingredients to produce healthier plants in your garden.
- Drainage is important – Always add holes to the bottom of your plant container! Of course, you can buy planters with holes already at the bottom, but if you want to use a plastic container to start the seedlings, you may want to make them from plastic cups. Without adequate soil drainage, the water will remain in the pot, causing the roots to rot.
- Water is life – The most important tips for indoor gardening concern the correct irrigation. Water is an essential part of a plant’s growth. Some plants need to be watered more frequently than others, but they all need water to survive. Room temperature water is recommended for best absorption. However, you should never go overboard with water, or it won’t be good either, but if you have good soil drainage, it will be difficult to water the plants. Usually they will tell you when they need water from their fading leaves. When the soil feels dry to the touch of about three inches, it’s time to water it thoroughly.
- Fertilize for success – Soil nutrients are also important factors for a healthy garden. Over time, the water will eliminate some of the nutrients in the soil, so you will need to periodically add more nutrients. Many people choose to use organic fertilizers in their garden which can come in solid or liquid form. Always follow the instructions on the packaging of the fertilizer you are using for correct use and how often to use it. You can purchase an electronic device that will check the nutrient level in the soil.
- Catch it – Take many photos because you may decide to start your blog on the internal garden and help others do their research. Another great thing that a photo provides is the ability to post in a forum and get help with gardening problems that others may have solved. Sometimes an image is the best way to show someone a problem online or offline in your local gardening center.
These are just my 7 personal tips for indoor gardening that you should consider to be successful in growing indoor plants. Use these tips, but don’t stop there. Keep researching and trying new things to improve your garden so that your plants are successful and you will get a sense of accomplishment.
by Rion Piccaro