If you have no outdoor space, it can often be something of a great challenge planting and growing a vegetable garden. However, by following these tips you can grow vegetables inside your home and regularly enjoy the fresh taste of just picked vegetables.
Choose The Right Vegetables
The amount of available light, as well as the size of your indoor space, will largely determine the best types of vegetables to grow indoors. Avoid plants that require plenty of sunlight, such as plants that bear fruit. Instead, focus on spinach, cabbage, and Swiss chard, all of which can be successfully grown indoors with less light.
Onions, radishes, and small root carrots are all suitable for growing indoors if your inside space is at a premium, although you will also want to consider the size of the pots or other containers. The miniature varieties of eggplant, tomatoes and peppers are also suitable for a small space and can thrive indoors. Herbs don’t need a great deal of space too, making them ideal for a small and compact indoor vegetable garden.
Finding The Ideal Spot
When planning an indoor vegetable garden, the amount of light is going to be an important factor. You can use any spot in your house that receives at least five hours of continuous sunshine during the day, although a south facing window is the perfect location. If you really want to ensure healthy plants, consider using artificial lighting as well as the natural light.
If at all possible, try to choose a spot out of the reach of any pets or small children in your home. For best results, try to avoid as much accidental contact with your plants as possible, as they can bruise and damage easily. Inevitably, you or someone will make a mess at some point, and it is highly recommended to have garden tools close by, as well as a way to quickly clean up any mess.
Use The Microclimate
Low humidity is almost certainly going to be an issue with your indoor garden, and if you can maintain an environment of moderate temperature and high humidity, your plants will thrive. You will need to water your container plants more often to prevent them from drying out, although you should also decrease the chances of root rot by not over watering them. A tray of gravel under your pots will help to ensure good drainage, as well as improve the overall humidity in the room.
Grouping plants together, either by type or simply for decoration, will also make the most of your microclimate. By simply closing the curtains or the blinds you can easily control the temperature inside the room, although you shouldn’t expose your indoor plants to drafts.
Good Potting Soil Is Important
Your local garden center will have good quality potting soil that contains the right amount of fertilizer to provide development and growth for your plants. Your local garden shop will also sell organic mixes, although as fertilizer often accumulates in containers, be careful when adding nutrients to it.
Following the tips above can make the experience of growing an indoor vegetable garden rewarding and fun. Although there are fewer things that taste as good as vegetables grown yourself in your own house or yard, your friends and family may well appreciate some delicious vegetables too.