How to Grow Your Own Garden Indoors
Marcela De Vivo, Guest Blogger for hautemealz.com
Those living in apartment buildings, townhomes or suburban areas where grassy space and good ground is hard to come by, have few options when it comes to planting their own food.
The only real solution is to move your garden indoors.
If you have the extra space, an indoor garden can be an incredibly fun and successful endeavor, and will save you the work of having to till up an area of land or go outside to take care of it.
In order for an indoor garden to be successful, you need to spend a little bit of money and make sure you have the right equipment and items on hand (as well as a little bit of extra space in your home).
Having a garden inside your home still requires the same amount of work and attention that an outdoor garden would take, therefore, make sure that you are prepared to commit a reasonable amount of time and resources before you start the process.
Once you’re ready, here’s how to get things started.
1. Pick a Location
No matter how big of a home you might own, space always seems to be at a premium. Typically, a basement or porch would be the best place for an indoor garden, but just make do with what you have and choose the area of your home that is best suited for the job.
You might consider picking a spot where you can open a window to allow fresh air in or an area that gets a healthy amount of sunlight from a window.
Sunlight will be more necessary if you don’t plan to buy indoor lightning for your garden, but just take that into account ahead of time.
2. Things to Buy
Once you have a location established, you’re going to need to invest in your indoor garden project. How much you need to buy will ultimately depend upon what you already have at your disposal and what you can find around the house.
Regardless of how you obtain them, make sure you have the following items on hand for when you’re ready to start your garden:
- Light — As mentioned earlier, light may or may not be necessary, depending on where you have your garden located. If you’re going to keep the garden where it won’t get much sunlight, you’ll need to invest in a few heat lamps or some plant growth lighting.
- Potting Soil — Potting soil is effective for growing seedlings and not tremendously expensive. If you’ve already got dirt, you can still use it, but a mixture of regular dirt and potting soil is still advisable.
- Seeds — This is one of the more obvious items on our checklist. Be discretionary about what seeds you buy based on how much space you have. Anything that grows really tall or spreads out (like corn or cantaloupe) probably isn’t going to work well indoors, so stick to the basic veggies and flowers.
- Containers — You’ll need two different size containers; a small one for seedlings and larger containers for transplanting once the seedlings mature. You will likely already find these around your home, so just make sure you have both sizes available before you start.
- Support Beams or Shelving — You’ll want to have your plants raised so you can easily tend to them, which is one of the biggest advantages when gardening indoors. How advanced this system is might depend on your lighting situation, but just make sure you can keep everything raised and adequately supported.
3. Transplanting to Larger Containers
Once your seedlings start to mature, you’ll need to get them into deeper containers with more soil so that they can grow and begin to bear fruit.
The depth of those containers will depend on what kind of plants you’re growing and what they require in terms of space. Plants will usually have space requirements that include depth for rooting and space between other plants.
Putting in the Work
Once you have everything in place, it’s just a matter of consistent watering, nurturing and caring for your plants. Growing a garden inside can be tough, but if you’re willing to put the work in, you can see a lot of success and bag a lot of fresh vegetables.
Since a garden can be such an enjoyable and rewarding experience, it’s worth a try at least once, even if you don’t have much of a green thumb.
Either way, don’t let the limited space of urban living be a deterrent!
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer whose writing covers a wide range of topics, including everything from tech and manufacturing to fitness and beauty. In addition to sharing her tips on how to improve home gardens, she also writes content for ProcessSensors.