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7 Indoor Vegetable Garden Ideas To InspireBy admin
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Whether you hate the idea of getting all physical and dirty by digging the garden, or you simply don’t have a garden, you can still grow vegetables inside your home.
Surprisingly, there are a number of vegetables that can be grown inside and many of these will even grow in the depths of Winter when your garden outside is frozen solid.
All it takes is the right sunny or warm spot and a little preparation and you will be enjoying your very own salads and fresh vegetables year round.
With that in mind, here’s 7 top tips to inspire your green-fingered efforts, and ensure your chosen crop tastes as good as it looks…
Plants Need Light
This is the one fact about gardening that everyone needs to know – unless you are growing light restricted rhubarb or maybe, mushrooms, your plants will need as much light as you are able to give them.
Light gives the plant energy and a plant without light will not grow the all important leaves that allow it to photosynthesise light into energy. If your home doesn’t have enough windowsills or well lit areas, you might want to consider buying a grow light.
If your plants don’t need a lot of light, such as herbs, you can get away with a simple fluorescent light, while a high intensity light might be needed for more energy dense plants.
However, for the average indoor gardener, specialist lights probably are not required.
The soil that is in your garden is not suitable for indoor vegetables. It is likely to contain weeds and could be very heavy and hard for the plant to absorb nutrients from. You should choose a soil that is specific to the type of vegetable you are trying to grow
Plants Like Humidity
Your home is probably fairly dry – especially over the winter months when you have your central heating on. Unfortunately low humidity can cause a problem for indoor vegetable gardens as it can cause the leaves to fall and the flowers to fail to grow.
You can improve the humidity by misting your plants daily with water and placing a tray of water near your plants that will evaporate and provide water in the air. If you grow all of your vegetables in one area.
You will find that they produce their own micro environment that will improve the conditions for all plants. If all else fails, a humidifier will work wonders.
Plants Love Good Soil
The soil that is in your garden is not suitable for indoor vegetables. It is likely to contain weeds and could be very heavy and hard for the plant to absorb nutrients from. You should choose a soil that is specific to the type of vegetable you are trying to grow.
It should contain plenty of organic matter that will hold moisture and provide plenty of energy for the plant.
Hydroponics Are Ideal For Indoors
Rather than growing your vegetables in soil, you can also choose to grow them in water. This is a specialised way of growing vegetables, but there are kits available to help you to get good results.
Hydroponically grown vegetables are known to have around 50% faster growing times, no issues with being root bound, usually disease free and are easy to identify as being sick or in need of a water top up.
The size of carrot you will get indoors will depend on the size pot you use, but mini carrots are usually delicious and easy to grow. Grow on a sunny windowsill and keep the soil moist
Which Types Of Vegetables Can I Grow Indoors?
If you love those little touches of salad vegetables that add flavour and colour to your meals, you will love growing microgreens. All you need is a shallow tray with a layer of kitchen paper topped with about 2 cm of soil.
Sprinkle any type of vegetable seed over it and watch them grow into green shoots. Then harvest them when they are still small. This is perfect for rocket leaves, celery, certain types of beans and more.
Although not technically a vegetable, herbs are the perfect way to enhance your meal and are very easy to grow indoors. Any light and bright window ledge is the perfect place and you can grow anything from coriander to basil within a few short weeks.
You can also buy these plants, ready-grown from the supermarket, giving you fresh herbs whenever you want them.
The size of carrot you will get indoors will depend on the size pot you use, but mini carrots are usually delicious and easy to grow. Grow on a sunny windowsill and keep the soil moist.
If you plant a new batch of carrots every two weeks, you can have them all year long – even in the winter.
This so-called superfood is ideal for growing inside and will give you a perfect supply for your winter smoothies. Use a medium sized pot and place the seeds around half an inch into the soil.
You can grow a few plants in one pot until they start to grow bigger, then move to one pot each. The leaves can grow rather large, so they need room to expand.
Normal onions require a deep soil and plenty of room and may not be suitable for indoors. However these milder tasting onions are perfect for a sunny indoor spot. You can grow these onions from the original plant that you buy at the supermarket.
If they have a root still attached, all you need to do is plant it in the soil, and watch the green part grow. You can simply trim the green part as you need them and let it continue growing.
Whether you choose to make the most of the light inside your home or you want to go all out and invest in specialist systems and lighting, you can grow whatever you need to supplement your diet. Best of all, you can have fresh vegetables all year round!
we all know that tomatoes can grow well in a greenhouse, but they are great inside too. They do require lots of sunlight and a good fertilised soil, but they will do well in a large pot that is staked to give the plant plenty of room to flourish.
You can grow from seed in a small tray before transplanting or buy small plants from the garden centre. Fertilize regularly with a specific tomato feed.
this more unusual indoor vegetable is very easy to grow. All you need is a knob of ginger that you have soaked for a few hours.
Then plant in shallow soil and watch the root begin to grow.
technically a fruit, lemon is also great in many vegetable dishes and therefore makes it onto our list. You can buy small lemon trees that are designed for indoor growing and can produce plenty of fruit.
These plants are easy to care for but do need to be in a sunny spot. You may need to self pollinate the flowers or move it outside during the summer months.
If you love a little spice in your life, a chilli plant is the perfect addition to your kitchen garden. These plants are often bought with the chillies in bloom and can be easy to keep in fruit.
They are perfect for a splash of colour in your home and can be looked after in a similar way to normal houseplants. With the added advantage of being a useful meal ingredient.
Indoor Vegetable Garden Ideas: Final Thoughts
Growing vegetables inside can be a simple hobby or you can dedicate part of your home to getting the best from your indoor garden.
Whether you choose to make the most of the light inside your home or you want to go all out and invest in specialist systems and lighting, you can grow whatever you need to supplement your diet. Best of all, you can have fresh vegetables all year round.
Still seeking additional advice on cultivating fresh fruit and veg in your home? Get in touch with our green-fingered experts today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or by simply clicking the button below!
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