When we see the first signs of spring we all get excited to start seed.…
Fall and cooler temperatures will be here before you know it. It is time to bring your garden inside.
I love to plant inside. However, I never plant “normal” house plants. I think vegetables and herbs make both beautiful and usable houseplants.
And if you love traditional house plants, mixing traditional house plants with edibles can bring interesting new colors and texture into your home.
My pepper plant added color to my living room and a fresh tasty treat to my recipes. They are easy to grow indoors. Click here for a complete guide to indoor peppers
When planning your inside garden there are 3 things to keep in mind.
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When you bring your garden inside Lighting is important
There are options when planting indoors.
Some plants do well in a sunny window. Other plants like less direct sun. Follow the instructions for the specific plant when choosing a spot.
A nice thing about indoor growing is that you can take a dark corner, hallway or any space and bring life and light into by adding grow lighting. For more about understanding grow lighting check out this.
My favorite way to do this is with the new tape light that is available. It is very easy to use, comes in grow light spectrum and can be put just about anywhere. It is so much more user-friendly than the old light bars.
The light tape is very thin, can be cut with scissors to fit any space and is self-sticking. I do always add a couple of staples to keep it in place. It helps make putting plants anywhere easy.
Space is important when your garden is inside
Space is important when you are planning your indoor garden.
Think about what the size of the plant will be when it is full-grown. Some vegetables need lots of space. However many vegetables need height more than floor or shelf space. For instance, tomatoes grow well in a 3 gallon container which doesn’t take up much floor space but they can grow several feet tall.
Root vegetables are great indoor plants. Keep in mind how deep they grow when choosing a pot.
Vegetables that don’t need a lot of space include:
Brush beans. They will grow about 2 ft tall and about 2 ft wide. One plant will grow around 120 beans!
Beets. Plant them about 4″ apart in a pot that is at least 12″ deep. There are miniature beet varieties. It’s a good time to try something new.
Broccoli. I love growing broccoli indoors. The plant will get about 2′ tall and about 8″ wide. It does not mind being close to other plants. You will get 4 or 5 harvests out of each plant.
Brussels sprouts. They will grow about 2 1/2 ft tall and about 1 1/2 ft wide. You will harvest 10-15 sprouts per plant
Carrots. Like all root vegetables, carrots are more concerned about depth than space above the soil. Carrots need at least a 12″ pot.
Celery. Great indoor plant. Easy to grow and don’t take up much room. About 2′ tall and 8″ wide.
Garlic. Garlic grows well in pots. It doesn’t grow deep and only needs about 6″ in space.
Onions. There are lots of different onions with different needs. All onions make a great addition to indoor gardens
Peppers. They do very well in containers. Spacing depends on the variety you choose.
Potatoes. They can be grown well indoors but they need space and ongoing care. They will grow up, not out, so find a space The is about 2′ wide and has at least 4′ of headroom.
Sweet potatoes. They grow very well in large pots. The size will depend on the variety
Tomatoes. Definitely, grow tomatoes indoors. They are easy to grow. Depending on the variety they may need either height or width to grow.
All herbs. There are so many varieties of herbs. They can add color, fragrance, and flavor to any home.
All greens. Greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale and so many more are easy and fast growers indoors. Greens fit into any space. Pick your favorite and try new ones too.
Heat is important when you garden inside
Many people keep the house temperature around 63 degrees in the winter. That temp is good for many vegetables. Since the temperature is consistent indoors a little cooler is alright even for some of the warmer loving vegetables.
Keep in mind temperature when deciding where the plants should go.
The warmest place in my house is near the wood stove. My ginger loves it there as long as I remember to keep it moist. The peppers like it next to the heat vent. The lettuce and broccoli do really well in the cold corners.
The key to bring your garden inside thru the winter is those few things. Nothing is more satisfying than picking a garden-fresh tomato during a snow storm!
Plant natural did a great posting about indoor gardening. For more information check it out.
I hope you found this helpful. Please leave comments or questions