I guess I am lucky, I live in a country with a pretty decent all year round weather, but some people live in areas where they can’t go out doors some of the year. So with the changes in the weather and the various seasons, many people are embracing the aspect of growing vegetables indoors so as to have a constant supply of food all through the different seasons.
With the advancement in technology, you can create a suitable environment for the growth of vegetables in an enclosed area. Not only are you supplied with vegetables all year round but you also get to have it fresh and free from pesticides and any chemicals. Initially, this concept was introduced to grow herbs but is now popular for the growth of vegetables.
This aspect is commonly used for small scale farming but is gradually growing into large scale farming with the use of green houses. If you are looking at always enjoying fresh tasty vegetables, then you should consider an indoor garden bed. In order to provide all the necessary ingredients required by plants to grow, here are a few tips to consider.
- If you have enough space, you can have a green room that is specific for indoor gardening. If not, then you could consider containers that are portable for your gardening. These containers should allow for aeration and drainage which can easily be found in stores. You may choose to hang the containers on a support or have them on the floor.
- Fill the container with potting soil at least ¾ full for best results.
- Add in some compost so as to provide the vegetables with the nutrients they require for growth.
- Grow the seeds in the soil as per the provided instructions depending on the vegetables you want to grow.
- Ensure that there is a source of light. During summer, you can place your pots or garden beds close to the window where the vegetables can access the light or somewhere they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight. During winter, purchase an indoor light but you must be able to regulate the amount of light depending on the vegetables you are growing.
- The light provided comes with a given temperature so ensure that they do not go too high. Leafy vegetables prefer cooler temperatures as compared to others like pepper and tomatoes.
- As with all other plants, water them regularly.
- Fertilizer is also necessary so as to boost the level of nutrients for the vegetables.
In no time, you will be ready to harvest your produce. You can place the containers in the kitchen or probably in an insulated basement where the temperatures are easy to keep constant all through the year. The vegetables that best grow indoors include: tomatoes, pepper, carrots, radishes, eggplants, mushrooms etc.
The benefits of growing vegetables indoors include;
- Access to fresh vegetables through all the seasons. You are guaranteed fresh vegetables even through winter.
- Cuts down on costs for buying vegetables from the stores.
- The need to use pesticides is not necessary as they are kept away from the external environment.
- It enables people living in apartments to grow something despite the lack of outdoor space.
- They may need frequent check-up’s but they are easy to maintain and protect from weeds.
Now I know, you are wondering why did I write about growing vegetables indoors, when this site is clearly about Living out the Back. Well its about enjoying life, and I figure you can get the best out both worlds.