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How to Grow a Successful Indoor Garden

Written by Naomi Meza

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Posted on November 11 2020

Approximately 60 percent of people worldwide grow either flowers or vegetables indoors. Indoor gardening is on the rise, and with the many indoor gardening supplies on the market today, growing a garden in your house is easier than ever.

Read on to find out how to grow food in an indoor container garden.

What Can You Grow in Your Indoor Garden?

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The first step to growing a garden is deciding what to plant. Many plants can be grown indoors, but when it comes to growing food indoors, you may be wondering about pollination.

Not all plants are pollinated by insects though. Many are in fact self pollinating. Not only that, but even with plants that are pollinated by bees, we sometimes eat a different part of the plant than the actual "fruit," so it's a non-issue.

Here are our recommendations for some edible plants that will do particularly well indoors:

Vegetables

  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Chili Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peas
  • Leafy Salad Greens

Herbs

  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano

Fruit

  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Dwarf Lemons
  • Avocados

Think About Space and Lighting

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The next step is planning for space and lighting. Obviously, you'll be placing your plants near a sunny window.

A window sill might work for smaller plants like herbs, but if you are growing on a larger scale, you might want to invest in some kind of plant racks that will enable you to position several large trays or pots near a sunny window.

You could even go bigger and plant a huge vegetable garden in a sunroom or greenhouse. Once you figure out where you're going to put everything, you'll be ready to purchase your plants or trees and other supplies.

Necessary Supplies for Your Indoor Garden

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An indoor garden can mean different things to different people. Perhaps you live in an apartment, and you want to grow tiny pots of fresh herbs in your kitchen window sill.

Or, maybe you're planning to use plant lights to grow a vegetable garden in the winter. Whether gardening on a small or large scale, you'll need to purchase the necessary supplies:

Recommended Supplies

  • Plant trays and/or pots
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Scissors or hand pruners
  • Watering can

Optional Supplies

  • Grow lights for year-round gardening
  • Plant racks or plant stands
  • Rolling plant caddies
  • Containers for seedlings

Healthy soil, fertilizer, and containers to put your plants in are among the first and most essential items you will need to buy for your indoor container garden.

Best Practices for a Successful Garden

how to grow an indoor garden

Now that you know what it takes to grow an indoor garden, here are a few quick suggestions to help you achieve your desired results.

We've talked about lighting, but plenty of water and good drainage are also important factors.

Although some decorative pots don't have drainage holes, you can simply place your potted plant inside of a larger decorative pot--if aesthetics are important to you.

Like you, your plants need both food and water. How often you water and fertilize your plants will depend on what you're growing, but usually when you purchase a plant, it comes with a plant tag with care instructions.

Just follow the instructions, and you'll do great!

Whether you are keeping your plants indoors for the duration of their life cycle, or you plan to later move them outside, we have the perfect organic and water soluble fertilizers to meet all of your indoor and outdoor gardening needs.

 

 

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