Indoor Gardening for Dummies

Lately, people are trying to get back to healthy living. More and more people are running, walking for exercise, and looking to increase their intake of raw fruits and vegetables. Lots of folks across the country have amped-up their gardening skills.

If you're like me, with horrendous allergies and an aversion to any and all creep crawlers, you may be interested in starting an indoor garden. An indoor garden is good for people who live in urban areas with little to no green space, and for those who want to maintain their green thumbs in the winter.

It is amazing just how many fruits and veggies you can grow indoors. Think beyond just popping seeds or a plant into a container and watering it, be creative with your garden and make it a fun and rewarding experience.

Here are a few tips to beginning your indoor garden:

Before you begin, select a spot in your home where you would like to begin your indoor garden. Make sure you select an area that receives plenty of sunlight. If your selected area is drafty, select another are. Seeds tend to grow better in warm soil with both artificial and sunlight.

Next, select which plants you want to grow and purchase the seeds. Remember not to over water your plant as they can rot when over saturated.

Now it may be tempting to just grab what you like regardless of how it may grow indoors. But, be sure that you select plants that are able to grow in an indoor environment. I’ve submitted a quick list of common indoor plants below. 

Bell Peppers
Mandarin Oranges

Whether on plant sticks, in colorful pots, or in your windowsill, select proper storage containers with care. It doesn’t matter if you use a container around the house or if you purchase containers, just be sure your containers have the proper drainage holes.

The key ingredient to helping your plants stay healthy and grow yearlong, is in the soil. Your soil should include compost (plant or animal), equal amounts of vermiculite and perlite, as well as fertilizers. You must be diligent in inspecting your newly flourishing plants for pests.

Last but not least, be sure to do your research! Nothing beats having all of the available resources in the palm of your hands.

Happy growing!

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