There’s plenty of indoor gardening help available, because more people are catching on to the benefits of having a garden. Renting used to make it hard to grow a garden. You don’t always have access to a yard, porch, patio or deck. You can only grow a few things in flower pots on your window sills. Indoor gardening gives you many more options, and you can even grow a little bit of your own food. To learn more about indoor gardening, try these 4 resources.
1. Master Gardeners
Books give standard information, but you are sure to come across a unique problem that you may not find much information for. Find a master gardener in your area to get gardening help as you need it. You can ask a neighbor or friend who has done if for some time and grows what you want to grow successfully. It’s hard sometimes to find them locally, except you could contact a Master’s Gardener program at your local Cooperative Extension office. Graduates of the program agree to teach workshops and share information with the public, so they will be willing to help.
2. Cooperative Extension Office
Ask the horticulturist at your nearest Cooperative Extension office for indoor gardening help. They are paid to help you, free of charge. Whenever they don’t have specific information, they contact other horticulturists for help, which benefits you. They may also send you publications and other free materials so that you can learn more information. There should be an office at one of the state colleges or universities in your area. Master gardeners or the horticulturist may hold workshops on gardening, so join their email list to get information on any indoor gardening workshops.
3. Experts at Nurseries
The manager or owner of the nursery where you buy your plants and seeds can offer a lot of gardening help. They are experts, and know a lot about indoor gardening. You should use the owner’s willingness to guide you as a test of whether to do business with them. You don’t want to spend money on plants, take them home, and have them die on you because someone didn’t want to take five minutes to give you a little gardening help.
Talking to someone about gardening can help you solve problems that you may not find in books. You might need points of clarification, if a section in a book is not clear, or if you’re having trouble applying the information. Books can be helpful though, such as these:
- Indoor Gardening the Organic Way: How to Create a Natural and Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants by Julie Bawden-Davis (January, 2007)
- Indoor Gardening the Organic Way: How to Create a Natural and Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants by Julie Bawden-Davis (Janurary, 2007)
- Indoor Gardening by Diana Yakeley (June, 2002)
You’ll need at least two books to make sure that most of your issues are covered. It’s also good to compare advice from two different sources.
Before you start, get as much indoor gardening help as possible. Otherwise, it may not work out well and you’ll get discouraged.