How To Start Your Indoor Vegetable Garden

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You’ve heard a lot about indoor vegetable gardening. It’s a fun way to grow your own herbs, vegetables or fruits indoors. It allows you to control your own garden with minimal effort. However, how does indoor vegetable gardening work? Here’s how.

In indoor growing, your plants are grown in an environment that mimics the one they would grow in outdoors. It is dark, cool and well ventilated. The lack of direct sunlight causes no stress on the plants. Your indoor plants will not be affected by high temperatures and they won’t require any soil amendments.

Light is essential to plants to grow as they need light to absorb energy from the sun. Most plants prefer indirect light and rarely benefit from direct sun light. The lack of sun light doesn’t cause any plant diseases and they don’t compete with other plants for nutrients either. Indoor plants can handle low light conditions quite well.

An Overview

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In a traditional vegetable garden, the main structure your plants grow up on is usually just a pot or a square tray. These containers are placed on the windowsill and you just use the staple or tape to hang them on there. Your plants have nowhere to escape so they stay within the confines of the trays.

The only difference between your indoor plants and your outdoor ones is the light source. Both need sunlight to absorb nutrients and water. So you can see why the differences between containers and pots become evident when talking about moisture retention. In a traditional pot, your plants are left to their own devices to absorb water from the soil and this results in soil that’s soggy. The soggy soil looses nutrients and water quickly, which results in root rot and other plant diseases. With indoor plants, however, you provide them with water reservoirs at the bottom of the pots, where they can easily absorb water and release it into the soil through the drainage holes.

Indoor Vegetable Garden

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Your indoor plants will also be given nutrients, light and water that they would not get in the outdoors. You might find it surprising that indoor plants can tolerate shade and low light better than their outdoor counterparts. Plants in the outdoors continuously get exposed to the sun, which dries out the soil and results in the loss of nutrients. But if you give your indoor plants indirect light, they will be able to retain moisture and retain a healthy root system.

For your first planting, go with easy-care plants that won’t require a lot of care, like peas and carrots. Just be sure to loosen the soil before starting your gardening. If your plants don’t like this idea, then you can start with epiphytes, but not until you’re sure they will take to the climate change. Epiphytes can survive in virtually any environment, but you may find them more hardy indoors. Some epiphytes are even suitable for container gardening.

If you have a sunny window, you should consider planting potted plants as they are easier to manage in containers and with their roots spread out on the floor instead of in the pots. Once you have selected your species of plants, you can now start placing the pots in the holes and cover with soil and moss. Water your plants well and make sure to follow the growing instructions included with your seeds. Your indoor garden will soon blossom and thrive thanks to your creativity!

The most challenging part of growing indoors is ensuring that the plants get sufficient nutrients. Vegetables are heavy feeders and can be prone to pest infestations. It is important to balance the nutrients for optimal growth. If the imbalance is too great, the plant can stop growing, so it is best to know your plants inside and out before planting seeds. You can buy organic soil mix at most garden centers or make your own by combining coarse and fine sand, wood chips, compost, vermiculite or coconut husks.

In The End

Growing vegetables is a great way to save on your grocery bill. You can find everything from broccoli to strawberries at a fair price in an indoor garden. Gardening is a fun hobby that you can do alone or with friends and family. It is easy to become addicted and you may be surprised at how quickly your favorite plant will grow. Check your indoor plants at least once a day to see if they need anything and then enjoy your indoor garden!

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