Outdoor gardens are great during the spring and summer, but winter can bring death to your vegetables. If you’re looking for a way to have fresh vegetables throughout the winter season, you can grow them indoors. Having the right amount of space and the time to take care of them is essential for a good harvest. Here are a few tips to help you on your way to growing vegetables indoors this winter.
Decide on the containers that you want to grow your vegetables in. This will be dependent on the amount of space that you have in your home. If you have a green room, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. If you want to grow the vegetables in your kitchen, you might need to find a container that will fit. Remember that the vegetables need to grow, so find a container that will not only suit your needs but will also suit the vegetables’ needs. Make sure that the container has proper drainage. Since you are going to be using the container indoors, make sure that you have a planter with holes and a liner. Vinyl liners work really well with indoor gardens.
Fill the container with fresh potting soil. Potting soil can be found at your local home improvement or gardening shop year round. Compost is often used to give the vegetables the proper nutrients to survive. Make sure that the container is filled at least ¾ of the way for best results. Place the container into the vinyl liner to protect your flooring.
Plant the seeds for vegetables according to the instructions on the seed packets. These can vary depending on what vegetables you are planting, so make sure that you are following the directions. Tomatoes, carrots, garlic, lettuce and radishes are some of the best vegetables to grow indoors. Research how much light each vegetable is going to need in order to survive indoor. The amount of light that the plants need will also vary depending on their species.
Research the temperature that each vegetable will need in order to survive. If you don’t have the proper temperature in your home, the plant will likely die. Leafy plants will survive in cooler temperatures, while other plants like peppers and tomatoes need warmer temperatures.
Place the container in a place where the plants can get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. This is needed to help the plants grow properly. Buy an indoor light if your plants cannot get the required amount of sunlight. If you use more than one light, make sure they are at least 6 inches apart for best results. Spot grow bulbs such as the Lite Source LS-1695, Hagen Exo Terra Swamp Glo Splash and the CR Laurence Z100S work best with plants in an indoor garden because they do not use very much electricity and they can be directed toward the plant easily. You can find these at your local home improvement or gardening shop.
Water the vegetables regularly. It is important to keep the vegetables’ soil moist. Most plants will need to be watered twice a day. Stick your finger 1 inch into the soil to measure if the soil is staying moist. Apply more water if needed whenever the soil feels too dry.
Apply fertilizer to your plants about every 2 weeks to keep the soil fertilized with nutrients. These nutrients are going to help the plant grow and produce healthy vegetables. Fertilizer can be found at your local gardening shops.