A Guide to Indoor Organic Gardening
More and more people are seeking ways to promote good health this is the reason why many backyard gardens are either been created or transformed in such ways to grow food crops in a healthy way. Even if you live in an apartment and desire to grow your food crops organically you are not alone and the good news is that limited space can also be turned into an organic garden.
But to have success a well-thought-out plan must be put in place that’s why we are here to guide you along the way to help you think outside of the box as you accomplish your goals of growing your very own indoor organic garden.
What is an organic garden?
Simply put an organic garden is a garden where food crops are grown naturally or without the use of synthetics (man-made chemicals). With these types of gardens, everything from the soil to the food crop is organic.
How is this done, let’s find out as we continue.
Start with a plan
Starting with a plan is a step in the right direction here is what you will have to consider.
- The space that’s available
- Lighting condition
- The soil
- Choice of containers
- Watering methods
- Fertilizing methods
- Garden insect pest
- Disease control
Utilizing that limited space
Whichever plants you intend to grow along with the containers should complement each other. In other words, the container should be able to fit comfortably into that chosen spot without having to be forced or squeezed into place.
Also, the plant that’s chosen should be able to sit comfortably at maturity in the container, this method of planting will ensure that your indoor organic garden is thriving and growing healthy giving you a good harvest.
Lighting for your indoor garden
The correct amount of lighting is so important for your indoor garden, your indoor container should be placed near a window that gets bright light or what you can do is purchase grow lights and install them. Grows light will provide sufficient lighting.
The soil is an important component in the success of growing healthy plants, the soil that’s chosen should be free of chemicals. When purchasing this type of soil your garden nurseryman or garden center sales rep can help you with this
Your choice of container
There are so many containers to choose from this process should not be difficult, once you know the size of your plant at maturity the first step is choosing the right size container, also ensure that the container has adequate holes for water drainage other than that it is all a matter of choosing your design preference.
Research has should that most container-grown plants die either because of a lack of or overwatering plants. Know your plants watering needs giving them that amount no more no less.
Fertilizing your indoor organic garden
Remember, your goal is to grow an organic garden which means when providing nutrients for your plant it should be all-natural without the use of chemicals. Dry chicken or cow manure etc.. are just two natural organics that can be used.
Indoor garden pest control
Even indoor insect pests can become an issue but it’s an issue that you have full control over. Once the insect has been identified it’s all a matter of choosing the correct insect control along with applying it at the proper rate.
Because you’re growing food crops the only insecticides that should be used are organic. Before applying read and follow the manufactures label.
When it comes to container-grown plants, in most cases disease issues arise because of overwatering. Again to minimize disease issues ensure that containers have drain holes for water drainage along with giving your indoor garden the right amount of water because as discussed earlier overwatering will lead to root rot.
This is the fun part I know you would agree, why else would you grow indoor edible crops? Whichever food crops you’re growing it is good to get information on harvest time so you can know when it’s the right time to start harvesting. If you are planting from seeds the package should have this information otherwise consult your garden nurseryman.
Edible crops that can be grown in an apartment
Grow these herbs from your kitchen countertops or patio.
- French tarragon
- Hot peppers
- Bay leaves
- Winter savory
- Aloe vera
Garden vegetables can be grown in larger containers which can be placed on your patio or a well lite area in your apartment.
- Leafy salad greens
- Green onions/Scallions
- Bell peppers
- Kale mustard greens
Setting up a cool-mist humidifier near your indoor garden will help in preventing your indoor garden plants from drying out.
The final word on how to grow an indoor organic garden in an Apartment
Though an apartment has limited space does not mean that you cannot grow edible food crops it’s all a matter of utilizing that small space to your advantage by thinking outside of the box. Following the steps laid out will help you to reap a good harvest so go ahead and give it a try you will be so happy you did as you have much success growing an indoor organic garden.
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.