Houseplants are not the only things you can grow indoors. If you can mimic ideal growing conditions you can start your own indoor vegetable garden. A vegetable garden goes beyond just the beautification of your home as it will give you fresh produce which you can use in your kitchen.
If you are a beginner at indoor vegetable gardening this article will prove useful to you. Most people don’t know where or how to begin. Indoor vegetable gardening is not too different from outdoor gardening.
This guide is perfect for Indoor Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Indoor Vegetable Garden
How to begin your Indoor Vegetable Garden:
Choose a space
The first thing you need to do is pick an area where you would like to have a vegetable garden. Vegetable gardens do great close to a window that has sunlight coming through. A south-facing window is preferred. This should give your garden the daylight that they need for healthy growth. If your home lacks sunlight you can make the use of grow lights.
You might be tight on space as you are indoors, but you can grow most vegetables in containers. Containers require very little space and are easier to manage as well.
Do not plant in very cold parts of your home.
Choosing the Plants
Picking a plant for your vegetable garden is probably the most important thing. Tomatoes are great to grow indoors, as they grow upward to get sunlight and they do not need a lot of space.
Bell peppers are like tomatoes, they grow upward and are delicious.
You can grow both tomatoes and bell peppers in containers. Its called indoor container gardening. Its great cause you do not need a lot of space for containers and it does not get as messy.
Root vegetables such as onions, carrots, garlic and stem vegetables such as potatoes need a lot of soil to grow. These vegetables can be grown indoors if you have a very large container.
Herbs are lovely to grow in your garden too. Herbs require the least amount of space. You can have a few herb pots on your window near the kitchen and you can pick them off every time you need them for cooking.
Herbs don’t require as much water and sunlight compared to other vegetables. Some common herbs you can grow indoors are rosemary, mint, thyme, and parsley.
Choosing your Pots
After this, you need to choose your pots. You can use traditional terra cotta pots, containers or anything else. Make sure they have drainage holes for excess water. If you use earth pots like the terra cotta, they tend to soak in water. Water a little more than you normally would for earth pots.
Keep in mind what you want to grow. Herbs require smaller pots while tomatoes and bell peppers will need larger pots.
Watering your Indoor Vegetable Garden
Just like any other gardening watering is very important for your vegetable garden. Note down how long it takes for the soil to dry and make a schedule of when to water. Ideally, the soil mixture must never get too dry. Plants won’t stay healthy unless they have enough water to drink. Do not overwater either.
Nothing is overwhelming about starting a vegetable garden inside your home. All the basics are the same as any other garden. It can be a lot better than a plant or flower garden as you are growing something that you can eat. You don’t need a lot of space either.
A few tips for Indoor Vegetable Gardening for Beginners:
Preparing Enough Light
Your vegetable garden needs a lot of sunlight. The more sunlight, the better your veggies will grow. Find the best spot for your plants with the most amount of sunlight. If you do not have enough sunlight coming into your home, buy a grow light. Grow lights are specially designed to substitute sunlight for plants.
Caring for your Indoor Vegetable Garden
Your vegetable garden should be set up in the few steps mentioned above. Always keep an eye on your garden. Notice any changes and take action. You don’t need to spend too much time on a vegetable garden but keeping an eye out for diseases and harm will help you take action before its too late.
If you have house plants in your house, check them for bugs. If your vegetable garden is near a bug-infested house plant, they will spread to your new vegetable garden.
Keep an eye out for insect pests when your garden starts to bear fruit.
Take action quickly if you notice any pests or diseases. Discovering any problem earlier will be much easier to deal with than later when the disease or pests spread. Use organic methods and don’t use pesticides to deal with pests.
Organic Vegetable Garden
Organic Garden is the way forward. You do not use any chemicals and everything is recycled just the way nature is supposed to work.
You do not need any chemicals for growth or any pesticides.
After harvesting, put any vegetable waste into a compost pile so you can reuse it as organic compost the next year for a new growing cycle.
Indoor Vegetable gardening for beginners is not hard, to begin with. It may sound difficult but once you start, you will grow fresh veggies and you’re going to fall in love with them.