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What Is Indoor Gardening?
Indoor gardening is best described as overcoming a lack of natural space by creating an artificial garden environment in your home. It is beneficial for those living in homes or apartments where there is no land to garden on. It’s also perfect for gardeners who would still like to have fresh produce during the cold winter months.
How to Set Up Your Indoor Garden
If someone asked me, “what is indoor gardening?,” ten years ago I’d probably just reply, “place a plant in the windowsill and water it.”
Although this is the basic idea, there is much more that you will want to consider when setting up one of your own. Planning ahead of time will save you a headache down the road!
- Natural or Artificial Lighting: Your first step to setting up your garden is to determine your source of light. Successful indoor gardens can be built on a brightly lit window sill. South-facing windows are the best, but healthy gardens can also be maintained in east- and west-facing windows. If you face north or just don’t have available sunlight, artificial grow lighting can be used.
- Soil or Hydroponics: The great thing about indoor gardening is that it allows you, the gardener, the ability for total customization. Both soil and hydroponics offer many advantages.
- Research, Research, Research: With the right amount of time and care, almost any plant can be successfully grown in indoor environments. You’ll want to research which plants will fit into your space, and what kind of lighting you can provide. Herb gardens are perfect for small spaces and even low light conditions. On the other hand, plants such as tomatoes and beans will need much more space and higher lighting needs.
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Supplies You'll Need
Now that you’ve planned out your garden, you’ll need to pick up supplies to get growing!
- Lighting: For those who have to use artificial lighting, the good news is that there are endless options for grow lights. Before I name a few, it’s always good to keep in mind that you’ll need about 100 watts of lighting for every 18”x18” patch of garden. If you are looking for cheap grow lighting, you should purchase spiral CFL bulbs from your local superstore. The more expensive route is to go online or to a local grow store and purchase lighting units specific to indoor gardens. Metal Halide, High-Pressure Sodium, and High Output Compact Fluorescent lighting units are all very efficient and will do a great job in providing the right amount of light for your garden!
- General Supplies: For soil gardeners, you’ll want to pick up premium organic potting soil and either purchase or recycle containers for your plants to grow in. For those who are going the hydroponic route, head to your local hydroponics store and have them show you the different products available to see what will work for you.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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