How to start indoor vegetable gardening
It’s possible to have an indoor vegetable gardening and it has become very popular with people who like to eat their own fresh vegetables all year long. You actually don’t need a lot of space for indoor vegetable gardening.
Decide where in your house you want to have your indoor vegetable garden. You need to have enough space for your indoor vegetable garden, and its best to be near a window where there is some sunlight.
You can place your hanging baskets or containers in a conservatory or near some windows or the patio doors, or outside on your patio. You’ll find that there’s always some space to grow some vegetable plants just about anywhere.
You can grow your vegetable in containers, boxes, pots or hanging baskets – and you can keep them near your windowsills for sunlight.
To start your own indoor vegetable garden you’ll need the following:
- Suitable container and pots
- Vegetable seeds or plants
- Potting compost
- Fertilizer as and when needed
- Garden gloves
For your indoor vegetable gardening you do need to select containers or hanging baskets that have appropriate drainage. Just choose the size, shape and cost that fit your needs.
Always use containers or hanging baskets that have drainage holes in the bottom and use a tray or dish to catch the water.
Some crops such as squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers will need deeper containers – because their root system id bigger.
Planting your vegetables
- Buy light compost or potting mixture from a garden centre or local garden nursery.
- Make sure that your containers have enough drainage holes. Put small stones in the bottom of the container now fill your container with a compost mixture and water it lightly.
- Place the container on top of the tray or dish. Now the containers are ready for planting your indoor vegetable garden.
- Sow the seeds – follow the directions on the seed packet, after sowing cover with a thin layer of compost. Or alternatively now you can plant your vegetable plants in the containers.
Care of indoor vegetable garden
Check you containers quite regularly and water them when they are dry – but do not over-water as you can kill them.
Once the seedlings have started to come up and they have started to get established then you’ll need to fertilize them on a regular basis. Fertilizing helps to replenish the nutrients that are washed away from the compost every time you water the containers. You also need to make sure that the plants get enough sunlight.
Indoor vegetable gardening tips
- You could plant a few extras containers with vegetables so your friends and family can also enjoy them.
- Get your children helping you – you’ll find that they’ll enjoy eating different vegetables if they have helped them grow.
- Plan what vegetables you want to grow. No point growing vegetables you or your family don’t want to eat.
- The deeper the container, the less watering it will need.
- Do not over water your containers because excess water will go to the base of the container or sit in the tray or dish, and will cause the roots of your vegetable plants to start rotting.