Just because you live in a tiny apartment or don’t have a glut of green space doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the magic of gorgeous green finger living. As long as you have a sunny window, a little time, and can commit to cultivating your garden, you can grow homely produce inside the tiniest space. From freshly plucked tomatoes to fragrant herbs, floral blooms and citrus fruits – here are our top tips for growing your own indoor garden…
Pick Your Place
Most plants need a good dose of sunlight to survive so the first quest on your garden growing mission is to find a space. The space should be in direct light so the leaves are able to soak up the sunshine, photosynthesize and thrive. Without good light, your plants may be a little spindly and weak. If you don’t have a good sunny spot for your garden you could also consider getting a grow light and creating an artificial light program so that your plants can lap up all their energy needs regardless of the weather.
Indoor gardeners may struggle a little more when it comes to creating ambient humidity. Winters can be dry, especially if you turn the heating up – which can lead to your plants browning around the edges and looking withered. A good way of combatting humidity problems is to keep your plants lightly misted, to place them close together so they can create a microclimate, and to run a humidifier to keep things moist and magical.
Choose Your Plants
Not all indoor gardens are born equal and a big contributing factor to success is selecting plants that are able to thrive in an indoor space. Indoor plants that bear food include; lettuce, beans, tomatoes and strawberries. All kinds of herbs can be easily grown indoors. Floral blooms include; peace lilies, marigolds, cacti and all kinds of succulents. Your local nursery should have plenty of helpful information to ensure you pick the perfect array of indoor plants.
Pick Your Pots
Growing inside gives you a load of room to play around with your pot set-up. If you aren’t taking the hydroponic route and keeping things simple, you can opt for pretty terracotta or plastic containers that hold moisture really well. This is your chance to also get creative and reduce waste in the home; old coffee pots, bottles cut in two, and just about any receptacle can keep your plants safe. Just be sure to avoid anything that’s held chemicals as this will kill off your plant.
Get Your Accessories
Growing indoors is a little more complex than just stick them in the ground and let nature do its work. First of all, you will need to pick a good soil and peat mix that holds all the right nutrients for your new plants. Again, your local garden center or nursery will be able to offer advice. Beyond that, you may want to consider heat mats to keep your seedlings warm, drip systems that keep your plants fed and watered, and timers for lights that ensure your greens are getting the right levels of darkness and light.
Problem Shoot Plants
Knowing how to keep your plants healthy and knowing how to watch for those telltale signs of problems will keep your garden flourishing throughout the season. Be sure that you adhere to the right watering schedule to match the plant you are growing. Signs of overwatering include; wilting from the stem to the leaves, drooping leaves, and discoloration. Signs of underwatering include; dry soil, brown edges, and wilting from the leaf to the stem.
How does your indoor garden grow? Share thoughts, comments and tips with us and lets bloom together.