If you’re interested in planting your own garden it may be best to start with small plants like herbs.. You can use garden containers and keep them in your kitchen to monitor the growth of your plants. There are also a number of methods for growing vegetables indoors that you can try if you’re new at gardening. Here are a few tips to help make your garden a success.
Choose Your Herbs
Think about the herbs you cook with most often and buy the seeds that you need to start your herb garden. For instance, mint seeds grow very well indoors, and if you use mint often for your tea or certain desserts, this plant should be included in the elevated garden beds you use to create your windowsill garden. Oregano, thyme and rosemary are also easy to grow indoors.
The seeds will fit neatly into small garden containers, and if you tend to them correctly, you’ll have a flourishing little garden in no time.
Talk to a Garden Specialist
While you can grow the vegetables and herbs of your choice from seed, it may be best to get a starter plant and nurture it if you’re a new gardener. When you go to purchase your starter plant, or even if you want to try your hand at growing seeds, talk to a garden specialist who can tell you which soil is suitable for fresh herbs and which garden containers will give your plants a suitable amount of room to grow.
When you’re growing food indoors, diseases from the soil can be one of the main reasons your crop fails. The soil mix you choose should be light and drain well. In most cases, you’ll need to put potting soil at the bottom of the container and top this with potting mix after you’ve put the seeds or plants in the container. Most herbs need a considerable amount of water as well, so ask a gardening professional how often you should water your plants to keep them green and healthy.
Give Your Plants Some Sun
When you’re growing herbs, you’ll need to expose them to direct sunlight for at least five hours each day. Place the garden containers on a windowsill that will expose them to as much sunlight as possible. Many of the herbs that are easy to grow indoors are native to the Mediterranean, which means they thrive in warm weather. It’s also best to keep your home between 65 and 70 degrees while your edible plants are growing.
Vegetable crops like peppers and tomatoes also need a considerable amount of sunlight to thrive, so be sure to place these by the window as well. If you live in an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight, or if you’re starting your garden during the fall and winter months, you can purchase lights from your local garden supply store. The lights will mimic the light of the sun and keep your crops from wilting or under-developing.
As a new gardener, it may be helpful to take pictures of your plants at each stage of the growing process. This will help you determine if you need to add more steps to your plant care regimen, and give you an idea of how long it takes for certain plants to grow. Happy gardening!