When the winter blahs set in and your dreaming of fresh greens from your summer garden, you can consider setting up your garden indoors. Plants help in cleansing your household air. It also helps in improving the aesthetics of any indoor space. And if you are a huge fan of yummy, organic food, then growing indoors is a perfect solution for you.
We bring to you a list of eight steps in order to set up your indoor garden. Believe us, in no time your friends and family will come over to ask for your green thumb secrets.
8. Space requirement
Those staying in the city will find growing indoors especially useful. It is not necessary that an indoor garden may require a lot of space. – a windowsill will also do. You can grow many plants-even tomatoes on a windowsill or a table. Find an area with a tile or linoleum floor. This will help to catch the drops of water while watering. You can also place a tarp under the table.
7. Choose Your Plants and Buy the Seeds
There are many home and garden centers which provide seeds. You can also get a much wider selection of plants with mail orders or online. Make sure you buy the seeds of those plants which are adaptable to the environment you live in. You do not want you plants to wither away quickly.
6. Prep the soil and plant the seeds
Preparing the soil for indoor gardening is easier for indoor gardening that outdoor gardens. Here you are dealing with a lot less space. Planting the seeds can be done by using a seed-starting or sterile potting mix right out of the bag. Make sure you plant the seeds at the right time.
5. Provide Optimum Lighting
Plants grow due to photosynthesis, a process which needs light. Indoor plants tend to grow weak and spindly, lose leaves and are more prone to pests as they do not receive sufficient amount of light. You can check the plant information tags for instructions on the correct lighting for each plant. Place plants that require high light in front of an unobstructed southern- or eastern-facing window, or under full-spectrum lighting.
4. Control Houseplant Pests
Pests can create a huge havoc and can be a great nuisance. To be on the safe side, check for insect infestations every week. When you find pests, isolate the affected houseplant immediately to safeguard the rest of your collection. Remember, the sooner, the better. Do not wait for the last minute to get rid of the insects.
3. Water wisely
The main reason for plants withering and dying is improper watering. If plants are over-watered, fungal diseases will be seen in the roots which will cause root rots. How often you water depends on various factors, including the temperature in your home and the type of plant or pot. Plastic pots, for example, retain soil moisture longer than porous terra-cotta containers. Also, check the soil moisture daily. The soil should be moist all the way down so that roots will go downward.
2. Grooming and pruning
This step is necessary to ensure that your plants look neat and attractive. Remove dry foliage regularly. Keep foliage clean as dirty leaves aren’t able to clean your indoor air and create oxygen. If dirt is accumulated on leaves, damp a wet cloth slightly to remove dust and buildup.
1. Repot as and when required
If your plants show reduced growth, roots emerge from the pot drainage holes or from the soil surface, then it is time to repot. Repot to a container that is no more than one pot size larger than the current container.
Gardening can surely make you happy. A poll of British gardeners found 80 per cent of of them feel satisfied with their lives compared with just 67 per cent of non-gardeners. So what are you waiting for? Implement the above mentioned steps and you will soon be the proud owner of an indoor garden! Happy gardening!