Now winter’s here many gardeners look for ways they can utilise indoor space for all their gardening needs. Though some may have access to a greenhouse during the harsh winter months to look after their vegetables, there are still many who need to look for alternative options if they want to continue their harvest. That’s why we’ve created a handy guide for you to get the most out of your indoor garden.
First thing’s first: picking the right area to start your winter garden. For many, this is the conservatory. It’s a warm space that gets plenty of light, making it ideal vegetable growing conditions. If you don’t have a conservatory in your home, the next best place would be the kitchen – in particular, your windowsill!
Light is crucial for successful indoor vegetable gardening. Combine this with water and warmth and you’ve got yourself the perfect little garden! Creating the optimum lighting conditions involves ensuring that every single plant gets some sunlight. Using a corner window is great for this as you have more chance of the smaller plants receiving light from the different angles. You could also use some hanging baskets for stacking, a fantastic way to grow herbs.
Selecting the right storage containers will also help with making sure plants are getting enough light. Invest in some hanging baskets, some troughs and trays, as well as plant pots. You can recycle containers from the garden or get creative by using old household containers with a few holes poked in the bottom for drainage.
When starting your indoor garden, it’s vitally important you’re picking the best plants that will thrive in such conditions. Plants that work well growing in indoors include: salad leaves, tomatoes, herbs, microgreens (cress, baby kale etc), strawberries and radishes. Herbs are some of the more popular plants for growing indoors, as they grow perfectly well in a simple plant pot sat on the windowsill with regular watering. A fantastic low maintenance option.
To make the process as sustainable as possible, you could use your own homegrown compost (putting your household waste into a compost bin in your garden). You should then mix this with fertilisers, perlite and vermiculite. The right ratio of indoor soil ingredients should ensure you enjoy a successful harvest all year round.
Growing your plants indoors means luckily you shouldn’t have much issue with pests. However, in certain cases plants in the house can bring insects inside. Before you bring your plants indoors, make sure you inspect them to check there are no creepy crawlies you’re welcoming into your home.
Indoor vegetable gardening for beginners has never been so easy! Now you’ve got everything you need to start your very own indoor garden full of delicious fruits and vegetables. Be sure to keep your plants watered, pruned and in conditions where they get plenty of light in order to achieve a successful yield each time.