The global pandemic has had us getting creative with passing time that we usually spent on social outings. If one of your goals was to turn your thumbs a shade of green, we've made it simple for you.
Not only will you grow, but you'll keep it alive and thriving for seasons to come!
First, you must decide where the garden will go. We suggest ensuring that the area can receive up to 6 hours of natural daylight, or that your space has adequate artificial lighting sufficient for growing.
If your space doesn't have proper lighting, check out alternative light sources like this. Your space will help determine the size of garden and variety. If you're working with a small space, consider a vertical, hydroponics system like this.
Once you know the style and space you can afford, consider what items you'll grow. Some of the easiest things to grow indoors are:
Ensure your set up includes plenty of drainage. If your pots don't have this built in, be sure you drill small holes and ensure there is something below to catch the mess.
Piling a few river rocks, packing peanuts or even coffee filters below the soil is a great alternative if it's in a space that can't accommodate a soil spill.
Don't skimp on the soil. This is feeding what will feed you! Get your setup going and your lighting put together or adjust how the window allows in light to ensure your new plant babies are getting plenty of sun.
Tips to thrive
• Boiling eggs? Don't toss that water out! Instead, let it cool and pour it into a spray bottle, or slowly soak your plants. Eggshells have calcium and potassium that will beef up your plant babies.
• Irrigate the soil. This doesn't sound nearly as fancy or complicated. Just grab a pencil or an old fork and break up the soil just a bit to keep it loose. This will allow oxygen to flow freely from your plants and keep them happy.
• Potted plants may perk up when rotated slightly so all sides get a good sun bath in!
• And lastly, be sure to prune them or use them. Giving them a quick trim really makes them purr!
Many of the choices listed above would do great potted. Citrus and avocado plants can fruit year round for you when regulated indoors. Be sure that your pot gives plenty of growing room, and is kept in the best light. Having potted plants means you can have plenty of options to satisfy their lighting needs, and what a great way to add a pop of color to a room and zest to a meal!
Whether you have a lot of dedicated space or just a window, you can grow fresh food and be proud of your dedication. So go for it and start your indoor garden now!