When winter comes, it’s natural for gardeners to miss the fresh vegetables that so conveniently grow in their garden over the course of summer and spring. They would definitely want to find an alternate for that, and fortunately there is one that involves both the fun of gardening and the prize of reaping fresh vegetables. This method is the indoor vegetable gardening.
What makes it harder than the outdoor method is that you actually have to consider all the conditions that you grow your plants in, because the nature’s own work of providing the plants with light, temperature, and pollination is not present indoors. Also, you might want to review the type of vegetables you want to grow in your indoor garden, as your choices are limited.
If you are thinking about appropriate conditions and placement for your garden, you should try finding an enclosed porch which is heated well. This solves your temperature issues to a great extent, and an ideal place for you would be rooms where you can provide the supplementary lightning you need to alter the heat and light provided by the sun. You should know that plants do need about 6-8 hours of light, so you would want to use cool white shade of light, so it doesn’t end up scorching your plants due to extreme exposure.
You should also know that you must use different kind of soil for growing the indoor plants, because the soil has to be lightweight, and not from your outside soil, because the outside soil can be having pests and diseases for all you know, and you wouldn’t want to bring that in your house, I am pretty sure of that. You could just use the regular indoor potting soil available in the market, because it will do much better than the outdoor soil, and a good one will also provide you with all the necessary nutrients you need for your plants.
As you do with your outdoor garden, you would have to water your indoor vegetable garden once every day or every other day. You would also want to fertilize your indoor garden once every two weeks or so for getting the best results. The choice for plants are limited, but you can grow almost anything, just keep in mind that the yield results will not be such good and big as the ones outdoor.
Here is a list of plants that I can come up with which would suit best in an indoor vegetable garden.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Bunching Onions
- Bush Beans
- Leaf Lettuce
I hope those were enough tips to get you started on indoor vegetable gardening.