Who doesn’t want a fresh, hot, delicious salad right at their fingertips? If you are like most people, then the answer is… indoor gardening. Most people dream about picking their vegetables and herbs, right on their windowsill, but often they do not even know where to start. So, for those who have some experience and/or those who are new to gardening, let indoor gardening tips to help you easily and quickly master your indoor gardening, no matter how much space you have to work with!
This is the single most important indoor gardening tip that can make the difference between thriving and dying indoors. I remember my grandmother growing vegetables in her house with just her wooden box, a small table and four plants (which she would purchase because they were cheap). She was a great grower, however, because even though she had a small apartment, her small table and plants made a dramatic statement. Today, if you are lucky enough to have two indoor spaces, use them. The small table and plants will give you a place to put your feet up and enjoy a meal, while the box will give you something to play on.
Indoor gardens can be as small as a window box, but as grand as a five foot garden with six plants on the dining room table. Use your imagination, and think about the amount of sunlight your home receives and how much time you have to devote to caring for your garden. The best indoor gardening tip I ever got was from my grandmother who grew a beautiful row of plants down the side of her house.
If you have the budget, plant sticks are an excellent indoor gardening tip. Plant sticks are cheap and require virtually no attention or maintenance. While they do not offer the same variety that you would find in a garden, if you plant enough plant sticks, you can replicate the look of a full garden within a very short amount of time.
Another wonderful indoor gardening tip is to use organic soil instead of store bought soil. If you have live soil, purchase a few bags and mix them together. If you do not have live soil, mix equal amounts of compost, peat moss, pine needles and wood chips. This type of soil will retain more moisture, which makes it ideal for indoor plants.
Final Best Tip
One more excellent indoor gardening tip involves watering plants at night. You should do this twice a week, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you are worried about the smell of the water, pour some water on the plants and let them dry completely. Your plants will smell much better this way than if you water them during the morning or evening.
The final indoor gardening tip involves a little common sense but is nevertheless quite important. It has to do with windows. Most people do not allow enough light into their gardens, even though it is fine for growing plants. When you place windows facing southward, you will get more southern light.
However, when you place windows facing north, your house will receive more northern light. This indoor gardening tip makes sense when you consider that vegetables grown in dark places will tend to produce sweeter tasting vegetables. A further benefit of placing plants that are accustomed to the different light sources is that they will grow healthier because they will be exposed to more natural light. Your indoor gardens will thrive because they will be receiving all the sunlight that they need.