Most people enjoy gardening, but not everybody has the appropriate resources or space for growing a garden. But even growing plants inside does not need to be limited to just a small area. You can always grow indoor plants.
Instead of doing an outdoors garden, you can rather opt for indoor gardening. This is really very simple and easy to do. If you already have the basic tools for gardening like a sharp knife, containers, watering cans, and pots, then you are all set to go. For the smaller containers, all you will need are small pots and some peat moss. It is recommended to put in a layer of peat moss since this makes it easier for moisture to drain.
In order to grow edibles indoors, the initial step is to have a large enough space. If you have a small kitchen, then this may not be possible. You can, however, use a large terracotta box or old pans as your gardening space. Other options include building a raised bed along with soil and stones as the container base. This is ideal for herbs like alfalfa, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, chervil, oregano, parsley, Rosemary and thyme. These can be grown year round; however, winter is the best time for planting them.
Once you have established a nice area for your indoor garden, the next thing you need to do is control the humidity of the room. This is very important especially if you are going to plant plants that need high humidity during the winter. Dehumidifiers can easily be bought at hardware stores or from dealers. Or if you live in an area where it snows, you can install a dehumidifier in each and every room that are used by the family.
The most ideal time of day to water your plants is when they are not being bothered by insects or weeds. During the warmer months of the year, direct sunlight is not as crucial as when the leaves are changing color. During the winter months, make sure to water your garden using low intensity bulbs. During the summer season, direct sunlight is still vital for healthy growing conditions but make sure to only water your plants during the morning hours when the sun is just above the sky.
One more important tip on gardening is that you should avoid planting close to windows because direct sunlight will damage your plants. It is best to plant your vegetables and herbs six to eight feet away from windows because direct sunlight can be damaging to the roots. Of course, the type of plant and the size of your garden are also important factors. For example, if you want to have an indoor vegetable garden, you should not go with plants that take up too much space because they may get crowded easily. Also, choose plants and other materials that can withstand the heat and sunlight very well because they can better tolerate changes in weather.
If you are worried about pests and diseases during the cold winter months, there is a solution for you. You can use a pest and disease control that has an ultraviolet lamp to kill germs and pests. Pest control products are usually applied during the fall but if you do not want to do the application yourself, you can always ask for help from pest control technicians. You can ask for advice from your real estate agent too, if you are planning to buy your house. He or she can provide you with useful tips on indoor gardening so that you can grow your plants indoors during the winter months. You can also ask them about choosing the best spot for your houseplants.
One of the things you should also consider when thinking about growing your plants inside is the proper amount of humidity in your house. The ideal indoor garden should have a humidifier because the plants need some humidity to help them thrive and grow. There are also certain types of houseplants that require a higher humidity so you have to look for those first. High humidity will also make it easier for you to mist your plants so you can direct the new growth into the proper places. If you want to find more information on this topic, you can visit your local library.