Tips for Starting an Indoor Garden
The best time to start planning your next garden is as soon winter has started making its way towards spring when all the new, warm sunlight has finally started penetrating the Garden Windows of your sunroom.
Starting an indoor garden is relatively easy whether you plan on moving your sprout outdoors or not. In any case, here are a few tips for starting your indoor garden.
Grab Some Containers
Keep those leftover salad containers, those deep, clear ones, because those are great places to start your seeds, not to mention it’s a great way to reuse plastic! These will work well for any kind of sprout since they have a deep enough basin for a solid root base and have holes in the bottom for draining.
If you opt for buying smaller, individualized black trays like you see at the home improvement store or garden center, keep in mind that greens need at least 5 inches of soil depth, small vine plants need 7, and root crops need 12.
Seek the Soil
Do not, as tempting as it may be, fill your containers with dirt from your backyard. In order for your seeds to get the nutrients they need to thrive, you’ll need to pick up a gardening-specific soil that is formulated specially for planting. You will often see it labeled as “potting mix” since it is light and fluffy and give the roots plenty of room to start.
Pick Your Plants
After you’ve got your containers and soil, you’ll be ready to plant the herbs and vegetables you’ve been waiting for. But before jumping right in, you’ll need to consider how much available space you have in your home for what you have to plant.
Herbs are an easy thing to plant and leave inside since they typically enjoy warmer steadier climates. Vegetables on the other hand, for example, corn and tomatoes, need lots of space and height to grow properly. Once you’ve started these in spring, you’ll want to move them outside for summer.
Find the Light
This part is pretty easy since most fruits and vegetables need at least six hours of light daily, so make sure they are in a south-facing window. Ideally, your outdoor garden would be on the south side of the house as well.
All in all, remember that if you plan to eventually move your indoor starts outside, make sure that you have timed it right with the proper growing season according to your plant. If you at least do that, you can’t go wrong!