Successfully Growing Edible Plants Indoors
With indoor gardening, we can extend the season year-round while eating fresh. Gardening indoors provides us the opportunity to grow edible foods in a safe way, why, because we are in control of how our foods are being grown. While it may be true that all plants may not thrive well on the inside we will take a closer look at those that dose and see how we can have much success by growing our own food crops.
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The location is so important when seeking to have success growing edible plants indoors, although plant species have different light requirements all plants need some sort of lighting in order to survive. Know the light requirements of those edible plants that you intend to grow and give them what they need.
If natural lighting from the outside is not sufficient, grow lights can always be installed, these lights can be purchased from your garden center or hardware store. Grow lights are not hard to install just follow the instructions and you’re all set to go, but if there is sufficient light that is coming from outside (6-8 hours) then your edible garden plants will benefit greatly. A good location would be a south or west-facing window that receives much sunlight or a kitchen window sill is also a great place to install your edible garden. Below we will be discussing what else is needed to grow edible foods indoors.
What you will need for this project is as follows:
1. Plant pots, Clay, Plastic, netted basket, or Ceramic, the choice is totally up to you, I prefer however to use a decorative pot to give that added flavor, make sure plant pots have drain holes to allow excess water to escape, trays should be placed under pot/pots to catch excess water.
2. Good garden soil is a must to ensure that you are giving your plant a head start. Garden soils can be purchased from your plant nursery or garden center.
3. Organic fertilizers will provide the nutrients that your edible plants need to grow healthy. Before applying read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best us.
4. Organic pesticides should be considered if you notice garden insect pests, these homemade remedies may also offer some help. Before applying read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best use.
5. The soil should be somewhat moist and not water-saturated, too much water can lead to root rot and other issues. Get to know your edible plants watering needs and give them that. No more no Less.
Growing vegetables and fruit trees from your porch and patio
You can also grow fruits and vegetables on your porch and patio area, many plant nurseries sell dwarf tangerine, lime, and other fruit trees that can be placed in these areas as long as areas are getting the right amount of sunlight anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to ensure proper plant growth.
Imagine how impressed your families, friends, and neighbors would be to see fruits growing from your patio, porch, or even from some other area of your yard in pots while bearing fruits, this would be really really neat. What do you think, can you see it? I know that I can.
Remember to always find out, as much as possible about which edible plants you desire to grow, water requirements, soil type, lighting, fertilizer, and known pest. You can now grow potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, mushrooms, etc… from your patio or porch. Rosemary, garlic, chives, thyme, basil, mint, sage, oregano, lemon balm, parsley, cilantro, and lemons can be grown indoors.
The final word
Indoor edible plants are a great way to garden, especially if you don’t have the yard space but still want to grow your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Edible garden, now that’s smart gardening.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.