When the plants in your yard have all died or gone to sleep for the winter, you may be craving the life and vibrant green colors of a summer garden. What better way to achieve this than with some indoor gardening! Indoor gardening is the perfect solution for solving the winter blues and keeping yourself busy when it’s too cold to venture outside. Indoor gardening may seem overwhelming, but simple and rewarding with the right knowledge and tools. Here’s your indoor gardening 101.
One of the most important things to consider when beginning your indoor gardening is light. Different rooms in the house will get different amounts of light throughout the day. When deciding which plants to grow inside, carefully consider their light needs. If you are adamant about growing certain plants that need more light than they can get indoors, you may need to purchase a special light to mimic the sun’s rays.
The great thing about indoor gardening is that it can take up as little or as much space as you want! If you just have a little windowsill that could use some “oomph”, you can easily garden there. Or, if you want to get more serious about your indoor gardening you can dedicate and entire table to it! Shelves also make great spots for indoor gardens.
As far as temperatures go, your plants will be most comfortable between 65 and 75 degrees. Coincidentally, that’s about the same temperature range that you’ll be most comfortable in during the winter as well! So unless your indoor temperature varies much from that range, you won’t need to worry about the temperature.
Your dry hands and chapped lips are just a confirmation of the lack of moisture that comes with winter weather. Heating your home doesn’t help! While the temperature in your home may be suitable for indoor gardening, usually the humidity level is not. Plants like humidity, so you’ll need to do a few things to make your home more suitable for your indoor garden.
One easy way to increase the humidity is to mist your plants daily with a spray bottle filled with water. You can also set a tray filled with lava rocks and water near your plant so that as it evaporates your plant can benefit from the moisture in the air.
If you are also suffering from the dry winter air, you may want to consider running a humidifier. Your hands, lips, and plants will thank you!
You will need good soil to begin your indoor garden. Rather than the soil from your garden or yard, look for a mix at the store designed specifically for indoor plants. It will be filled with necessary nutrients, just be sure to keep it loose and drain easily.
Lastly, you’ll need to decide what you want to grow in your indoor garden. With the right equipment, you can technically grow anything! However, there are a few plants that do especially well indoors. Herbs like basil, cilantro, rosemary, and lavender make great indoor plants. You can also grow roses, pansies, marigolds, and petunias easily too. Don’t forget that salad greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, and citrus fruit also make good indoor plants.
As summer approaches, don’t forget to call My All Green to help give your outdoor garden the nutrients it needs after a long, cold winter.