4 Indoor Gardening Tips for the Novices

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With just a few indoor gardening tips, you can grow vegetables, herbs and other plants your first time around. You’ve made a great choice to plant a garden inside your apartment. You’ll reap both health and fresh air benefits from it, as well as the pleasure of using what you grow in your apartment for food, medicine or in spices. You’ll avoid many mistakes if you follow these gardening tips:

1 – Problem Solve Lighting Issues

The lights in your apartment are not adequate to grow your garden. Before implementing any of the other gardening tips, you need to determine the light source for your indoor garden. It may or may not require you to make a purchase. Do you have a south-facing window or other window that gets a lot of sunlight, for at least six hours each day? If so, you’ll need to put your plants there, because they need sunlight to grow. An alternative is to buy artificial grow lights, and put your plants anywhere you have room. If you don’t have enough money right now to buy artificial lights in addition to buying plants and supplies, buy plants that grow well in the shade or require less light.

2 – Put Plants Outside Once in a While

Indoor gardening does not mean that you have to grow your plants exclusively indoors. There are times where you may want to put the plants outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunlight. For example, tomato plants love the hot summer sun. If you’re growing tomatoes indoors, take them out every once in a while if you can. You’ll need access to a backyard, deck, balcony, rooftop or patio at your apartment. Any of your plants that would enjoy a “sun bath”, should go out as you have time.

3 – Low Maintenance Plants

If you’re considering the purchase of a plant that has an exhaustive list of gardening tips because it’s so hard to take care of, stay away. As a novice, stick with low maintenance plants whenever possible. Many veterans prefer low maintenance plants as well, because life gets busy. The plants will not survive if you don’t have the time to manage them. Grow vegetables that don’t require much of your time, such as:

  1. Lettuce
  2. Radishes
  3. Carrots
  4. Rhubarb

Why not grow food if you’re going to spend time and money on an indoor garden? Consider growing organic vegetables while you’re at it.

4 – Compost and Fertilizer

The plants will need nutrients, and most gardening tips recommend chemical fertilizers. It’s up to you, but you should know the alternative.  A natural way to give you plants better nutrients is to use compost. You can make your own compost, or buy it from a garden store. It’s made of organic materials (dead leaves, fruits, manure), and it does the same job as fertilizers without harmful chemicals. You can make your own by purchasing a kitchen composter after you get your feet wet and decide that you want to do more indoor gardening.

These are the basic indoor gardening tips you’ll need to get you started.

One Response to “4 Indoor Gardening Tips for the Novices”

  1. May 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm, sara said:

    Helpful tips for all seasons! :o) I grow bonsai and it’s knowledge like this that makes it possible. I also find that quality soil is a must. I get mine at bonsaioutlet.com….it’s the best. :o) Cheers!


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