Easy Breezy Steps to Indoor Gardening for Beginners
Useful Ideas to Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Garden
Gardening is a relaxing and useful hobby. It has a number of benefits which includes growing your own food and botanical medicine sources and having natural décors to beautify your home. But not everybody has the space for an outdoor garden. Luckily, anyone who wants to give gardening a hand but don’t have space can now try it through indoor gardening.
Indoor gardening solves the lack of natural space for gardening by creating a man-made environment for growing plants inside a house, an apartment, a building, or anywhere indoors. The space requisites are usually minimal, especially if you’re not planning to grow big plants. It takes lesser time and maintenance because you don’t have to weed out stray plants. There’s also lesser chance for insects to destroy your plants since you can situate your garden somewhere safe and out of reach.
After thinking it through, you’ve finally made the decision to grow your own indoor garden. However, you want plants that take minimal space and have many uses, mainly in the kitchen. So, you’ve decided to grow an herb garden. These tips will guide you into growing the indoor herb garden you want:
1. Choose the plant you want to grow.
Consider your need and the resources you’re willing to expend when choosing which plants to grow. Be practical and grow plants that are useful for cooking, medicinal, and other purposes. Also, think about the amount of work, time, and energy it will take to grow them. Make a list of things you have to do. If you haven’t changed your mind yet, then you’re ready to start your indoor herb garden.
Popular herb choices for indoor gardens include basil, bay, chervil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.
2. Prepare the needed space for your garden.
The space you need depends on the plants you want to grow. If you’re planning to grow tomatoes or other medium-sized plants, you’ll need bigger space for them to grow fully. Otherwise, if you’re looking to grow herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, and the likes, you can look into using shelves to maximize the use of space. When using a shelf, don’t forget to consider the placement so your plants can get enough light.
3. Have the essential gardening supplies on hand.
For indoor gardening, you’ll only need general gardening supplies, like pots or containers, nutrient-rich soil, a trowel, a watering can, and a pruner. Other tools may be added depending on your need. For hydroponic gardening or soilless gardening, tools will vary depending on the hydroponic method you want to use.
4. Make sure your plants get enough light.
Plants make their own food through photosynthesis which necessitates light. So, position your garden where your plants can get enough sunlight. Vegetables and other plants typically need fourteen to sixteen hours of sunlight to grow strong and healthy. Fortunately, most herbs only need four hours of sunlight daily. But if your place doesn’t get enough natural light to begin with, consider getting growing lights. Ordinary lights don’t work because they don’t have the same wave lengths as the sun. For your herb garden, fluorescent lights can provide the right amount of light for optimal growth.
5. Consider your home’s temperature and humidity.
Too high temperature can make your plants grow feeble and undersized. Too low and you get yellow and withering leaves. Most plants grow best in temperatures ranging from sixty-five to seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity also plays an important role in keeping your garden healthy. The dryness of winter can be harsh on your plants, so keep them dewy by misting daily. You can also place a container of water near your garden or get a humidifier to keep out dryness.
6. Remember to water your plants accordingly.
Research about the hydration needs of the plants you want to grow. Herbs, on average, need watering when the soil feels dry to touch. But certain herbs keep a specific moisture level to grow well. Basils are best when kept moist while Lavender grows better in totally dry soil in between watering. Additionally, make sure your pots have drainage holes so your herbs don’t sit in water and rot. Place a drainage pan under the pots to catch the excess water and avoid the mess on your tabletop, windowsill, or plant stand.
After seriously taking in these considerations, you’re finally ready to grow your indoor herb garden. Taking care of a garden can be time-consuming and, sometimes, burdensome. But at the end of the day, all your hard work will pay off.