There is a multitude of gardening advice in bookstores and online, but very little of it will be helpful to a beginner that plans on gardening indoors. While gardening is a relaxing, fun and productive hobby, learning indoor gardening basics can be quite difficult. Below is some indoor gardening advice for beginners.
Do Your Research
Prior to even purchasing a seedling, you must decide what you would like to plant and whether it is in season and will grow in pots. While you may wish to plant a certain vegetable, fruit or flower it may be out of season or need more soil nutrition that a pot may provide. A general gardening book or website should list what is in season and able to grow indoors. Depending on this information, you may need to alter your original plans.
It is also important to research which nurseries in your area offer the best seedlings, seeds or plants for indoor gardens. Not all nurseries carry every item; some may carry only flowers and some only vegetables. Even if they garden outdoors, friends or acquaintances who garden should be able to provide you with recommendations of the best nurseries. At the very least your local gardening club will have a list of local vendors that you could subsequently investigate on your own.
Set a Budget
The costs of gardening supplies and plants to use indoors are often higher than those for outdoor use and can quickly get quite expensive. Set a reasonable budget Prior to building or setting up your gardening space or the plants or vegetables you intend to grow. This budget does not need to be concrete, as costs of plants will vary depending on their type, variety and seasonally rarity.
For tighter budgets, try choosing annual plants or flowers and reusable gardening supplies. While they will not reduce the amount of your initial investment, planting annuals will reduce the amount your garden will cost you in subsequent years. Also, make sure that the supplies you purchase are plastic or metal as they will hold up the best and may be used again in the future.
Identify the Space
Whether in your yard, a communal area or your balcony, identify which space you will be using to garden and how large it is. The size of your garden will affect how much and what variety of plants you are able to grow because some plants need more space or soil than others.
Additionally, make sure that your garden is easily accessible to water. Carrying a hose or bucket of water over carpets or other delicate flooring will make gardening more difficult which may affect your garden’s success. Also check that any runoff or soil will not cause serious damage to whatever surrounds the garden.
Start and Possibly Stay Small
Indoor gardening requires scaling the plants to the size of the available space. A plant that starts off pretty small may eventually overrun the entire garden. For at least the first year, grow smaller plants and herbs. These plants are often easier to care for and you will learn how much your indoor garden can hold by watching how they grow.