Indoor vegetable gardening is fast emerging as a favorite hobby for many people today. You don’t need a lot of space for growing fresh vegetables and eating them all the year round. If you live in an apartment and don’t have yard space for gardening, it is still possible to grow delicious and healthy vegetables in your indoor vegetable garden.
Do not get yourself down because you have limited outdoor space. Use your gardening skills to grow fresh vegetables and herbs in your balcony, windowsill, patio, porch or doorstep and include them in your dinner menu. Vertical plantings can allow vegetable gardening even in the smallest space. You can grow vegetables in containers, hanging basket, pots or anything else you like. Container gardening can get you rid of soil-borne disease as well.
Indoor vegetable gardening is a convenient way for growing vegetables as you can give them proper attention on a regular basis. It is possible to grow rich variety of vegetables in containers. You can even try your hand at growing exotic spices in tubs, baskets, window boxes or pots even if you have small space in your home. For example, you can plant as many as six different varieties of basils like Italian, Thai or Mexican in your indoor garden that grows well in homemade pesto. In the same way, planting garlic is also easy in an indoor garden. All you have to do is separate few pieces of a juicy bulb and plant the pieces in a pot vertically. When the foliage yellows, it is time to dig them out and dry them.
There are many vegetables that grow well in indoor gardens. Choose vegetables that take little space, like carrots, radish, lettuce, tomatoes, pepper etc. With growing popularity of container gardening, seed companies and plant breeder are working hard so that good quality vegetables can be grown in containers.
Indoor Vegetable Gardening Tips
For starting an indoor vegetable garden, you will have to take the following steps:
Find the Right Location
The perfect place for cultivating indoor vegetable garden in your home is the area where plants can get maximum sunlight. You can choose a south or west facing room, where plant gets access to maximum sunlight or choose balcony, patio or porch where plants will get enough direct sunlight. The spot you are choosing must have substantial space and steady supply of sunlight. You can also purchase artificial lights, if the spot you are choosing for your indoor garden doesn’t have sufficient access to natural light. Hanging pots outside windowsill can add beauty to your home.
Select Appropriate Containers
When space is limited, inventiveness is required for growing vegetables. Use specially constructed wooden planter to house vegetables like cherry tomatoes. But it must have a drainage tray. Choice of container and vertical planting is important when you are using a small space. Use hanging baskets and containers that have holes in the bottom for proper drainage. If you have space for vine crops like pumpkin, squash, cucumber, then use containers that are deep. Drainage can be a concern for indoor vegetable garden but different type and size of saucers and trays are available at gardening shops to hold extra water draining from the containers and pots to solve this problem.
Use lightweight potting mix and add the soil in the container with little bit of water. Use small stones and place the pot on the dish. There should be enough space left at the top for watering. Plant the seeds according to the direction given on the seed packet and take regular care. Water them and fertilize them regularly. Organic fertilizer is best option for indoor gardens.
By growing vegetables inside your home, you can bring the beauty of outdoors inside and enjoy eating fresh vegetables.