Growing plants indoors can bring all sorts of benefits into the home. Besides bringing in nature, you’ll get that “feel good” feeling when the buds start to grow! It can certainly brighten up your day. Because of this I’m sharing 5 tips for planning your indoor garden. Hope you like it.
5 Tips for Planning your Indoor Garden
Perhaps you don’t have ample room outdoors for a garden or the season isn’t right to have a traditional garden. Whatever your reasons are for planning an indoor garden let it be known that your indoor garden can provide an abundance of beauty and fresh smells if you follow these tips to plan it.
Get the Supplies
You will have to determine what plants you want to have within your indoor garden space. Herbs and flowers are easier to grow, but certain vegetables can also grown indoors. Once you have figured out what you are going to plant, pick up containers to grow the items in. Containers that work well are clay pots, boxes, plastic containers or half barrels. A planter box that is approximately 8” deep, 12” wide and 3” long will provide ample space for carrots, beets or lettuce to grow well.
Find the best organic fertilizer, seeds, and other supplies so that you know what you are planting indoors will be safe for your family to consume. The best part about planning an indoor garden is that you will always know what’s inside the food you serve your family. Consider planting herbs and making your own seasoning for cooking family meals.
Pick a Spot
Find out what type of sunlight and how much your vegetables and plants will need to grow healthy. An indoor garden is a little trickier because you will have to determine the best spots within your home for sunlight. Keep a watchful eye and record where sunlight is best so that the indoor garden has a chance to thrive. Some plants may not need as much sunlight, read the seed packet for full details.
Water from Underneath
It is often our instinct to water plants from the top but this is not how plants truly soak up their water. Make sure your containers for your indoor garden provide ample space for you to water the plants from underneath. A plate or clay pot that has a dish for this purpose will serve the indoor garden well. Be sure to always water the plants from underneath to mimic their natural habitat.
Know what Grows Well
Even though you are planning an indoor garden, you will still want to research what types of plants and vegetables grow well in your area of the world. Items that may not grow well in an outdoor garden probably won’t do well indoors either. Talk to your local gardener or research online the best vegetable options to grow indoors based on your geographical location.
There you have it 5 tips for planning your indoor garden that will help you start providing beauty in your home and fresh vegetables to your family.
7 Best Plants to Grow Indoors in Winter
According to my favorite magazine, Mother Earth Living – Nov/Dec ’17 Issue these are the best plants (flowers & herbs) to grow indoors in the wintertime.
- Rieger Begonia
- Christmas Cactus
- Culinary Herbs (basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme)
- Sprouts and Microgreens
- Fresh Citrus
Do remember that herbs need light to grow. Find a window that provides 6+ hours of sunlight and you’ll be good to go. Don’t forget about fertilizing your indoor plants too!