An indoor vegetable garden is always an interesting garden since it is always with you around. It can be in one of your rooms in the house or in a separate room outside.
What are some of the advantages of an indoor vegetable garden?
- It always comes in handy during winter since you can always control the room temperature favorable for the growth of the plant enabling you to have enough food during winter.
- It’s easy to manage .This is because it’s always in a small room and you can easily control pest and weed out the weeds faster.
- Not complicated to start, you only need less resources hence little capital to start. Unlike the normal big gardens that you need to plough first and prepare the whole field indoor garden needs little soil which is cheaper.
- The plants or the vegetables take less time to grow than the ones in the field.
- High quality products, maybe due to the methods of planting and less destruction during growth.
However there is a limitation of planting vegetables in an indoor setting because you will harvest fewer products. This is because the space is limited and not much can be planted. But despite of this you can still increase the room size or plant in more than one room.
Before starting an indoor vegetable garden, some factors to consider are like the initial capital, the size of the room, available resources and many others. You can start it as a long term project and so you have to plan well to avoid being stranded in the middle, and getting a loss.
The first step in growing an indoor vegetable garden is getting a good room. Remove any irrelevant materials in the room and if possible let it remain empty. You can clean it.
Get good soil suitable for planting, usually loam soil, you can mix it with manure or fertilizer. Prepare the soil appropriately; it is one of the requirements for good growth so do a good job here.
Look for good containers to put the soil, you can use pots let them be big enough to support the plants after they have grown and it should be able to drain water well I.e. have a good drainage system. Other plastic containers can also be used so long as they are of appropriate size and should not be containing remains that can harm the plants. Some people use sacks which can be the best since it can take a large number of plants comp aired to a container which is smaller.
The fourth step of growing an indoor vegetable garden is getting a good source of light since the sun cannot reach the plants indoors , so an artificial source is used to produce lights for the plants, since even if you have the entire requirement to support growth it will not grow without the presence of light so there is need to get a good lighting system.
The lights are usually electric and a good example that I will discuss below is a best LED grow lights. This light should be designed in a way that saves on space, for instance it have strings to tie them on the roof so that it can hang on the air. Or it should be small but producing enough lights to reach the whole room. It should not produce much heat since it can kill all the plants resulting to a loose. Hence if you can get one that you can regulate the heat it would be more advantageous.
The lighting should be able to save on power in that it should not use a lot of electricity. Let it be efficient in using, it will also save on cost since your electricity bill will not rise to an unexpected amount.
Before getting one check if it is made of a material that is long lasting, a good light should last you for long considering the fact that plants needs the light throughout their growth. So it should not reach a point where the light stop working and the plants miss light for a while since they will die. Hence it is very important to get a durable light for that will take the plants throughout its growth period until harvest.
Finally find a good source of watering the plants, since the rain will not reach inside the house you can get the water sprinklers to do it for you or do it manually. Control the pest thought they can be few since it is indoors, but control the few. Always weed your plants to keep them healthy and enabling them to grow faster. All the best as you start your garden!