I love gardening, but I don’t want to spend all my time outdoors. That’s why I’ve found it so easy to cultivate a small indoor garden. It keeps me busy when I’m at home, and it can even be relaxing—especially if you’re growing plants that require less attention. Here are some tips for making the most of your indoor garden:
Growing herbs and other small plants indoors is a lot more simple than you might think.
Growing herbs and other small plants indoors is a lot more simple than you might think. You don’t need a lot of space or equipment, and herbs are easy to grow. In fact, many people start their herb garden from seeds that they’ve saved from previous plantings. Herbs also add flavor to your cooking (and make it taste better), which makes them great additions to your kitchen. If you want to grow some herbs indoors, there are two main options: starting them from seed or repurposing something else in the home into an indoor planter for them.
Drafty windows can be an issue for many people, especially the ones over your kitchen table.
- Use a curtain to block the draft.
- Use a heat lamp to increase indoor light levels and create warmth.
- Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to keep your plants happy, depending on whether you need more moisture in the air or not.
- Use window fans for ventilation and an efficient way of removing excess heat from your home.
- Finally, use space heaters sparingly if you have them—they can be dangerous and inefficient ways of heating your home, especially when compared with other methods (e.g., central heating).
Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants require very little light and do well on a sunny windowsill that gets plenty of sun.
Vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and eggplants will grow best in a windowsill that gets plenty of sun. They need at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. If you live in a colder area these plants may not do well if the temperature falls below 60 degrees F at night.
Tomatoes require lots of water to grow but also like consistently moist soil so make sure you water them regularly. If your tomato plant is wilting it could be because it is getting too much water or not enough sunlight (or both).
Peppers are similar to tomatoes in their needs for light and temperature but they also need lots of space between plants because they tend to spread out wide rather than tall when growing indoors.
Many flowers can thrive in artificial light without going into shock.
Many flowers can thrive in artificial light without going into shock. In fact, some will actually prefer it to the sun!
So if you have a windowless office and are looking for something to brighten up your desk, check out these flowers that will do just fine with little to no sunlight:
You don’t need to water frequently if you’re using a plant food with enough water retaining abilities to keep them well hydrated.
You don’t need to water frequently if you’re using a plant food with enough water retaining abilities to keep them well hydrated. This is especially important when it comes to outdoor plants, which will dry out quicker in the sun and wind than indoor ones.
While watering can be done at any time of day, there are certain times that are more convenient than others: such as before bedtime or first thing in the morning. It’s best to avoid watering midday because this could increase the amount of time it takes for the moisture from your plant food solution or water crystals to absorb into the soil.
You can cut water use down even further by switching out the lights at night to CFLs.
In the case of indoor gardening, CFLs are a more energy-efficient choice than incandescent bulbs. As mentioned above, fluorescent bulbs use no more than 80 watts to produce the same amount of light as a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. They also last longer than incandescent bulbs—as much as 10 times longer in some cases—so you’ll have to replace them less often.
However, there are downsides: CFLs do produce some heat and they’re more expensive than traditional incandescents (although prices for CFLs have been steadily declining). If your goal is to save money on electricity costs, you should switch out all your outdoor lights for LEDs or use high-efficiency halogen lamps like those from Sylvania instead of traditional lighting sources such as floodlights or spotlights in order to save even more money over time.
Don’t skip cleaning your plants in between watering.
You should clean your plants every time you water them, no matter how often you do it. This will help prevent mold, mildew and fungus from taking root in your plant’s leaves or stems. It also helps remove insects and other pests that may be lurking on the surface of your plant. Most importantly, cleaning your plants helps remove dead leaves, flowers and debris from their surfaces so they can focus on developing new growth instead of trying to deal with the old stuff!
The best way to clean indoor-grown plants is by using a damp cloth (or sponge) and gently wiping away any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the leaf surface itself. Use a soft bristled brush if necessary if there are spider webs or other gunk stuck in between leaves or stems; just make sure not to scrub too hard as this could damage delicate tissues inside those areas – especially when handling indoor flowering varieties like poinsettias which have soft petals around their edges instead of sturdier outer leaves like succulents do!
Using these tips will help you to keep your indoor garden healthier and more productive.
- Using a water meter to measure your water consumption.
- Using a timer to turn lights on and off.
- Using a fan to improve air circulation.
- Using a timer to turn off lights after use, especially in the evening when you’re not around as much or if it is possible for other people in your home to forget that they left them on.
Remember to keep your plants well-fed, watered and weeded. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!