Starting Your Own Indoor Garden: What Do You You Need To Get Started?
Have you thought about starting an indoor garden? If indoor gardening is on your list of things to do, then make sure you have the right indoor gardening supplies before you begin!
You can enjoy growing vegetables and herbs indoors all year long! Imagine harvesting your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs all year or being able to add your very own thyme and basil to your recipes all throughout the year.
Have you also wondered what supplies you’ll need once you start indoor gardening? What supplies should I have to start and what should I keep on hand?
This list of the indoor gardening supplies will make the preparation and execution of your indoor garden much more successful.
A plant tray is an essential gardening tool as it is specifically designed to hold multiple seeds, from the germination stage until the seedlings are ready for transplanting. Using a plant tray ensures each seed gets enough nutrients and gets a good start to it’s life.
Plant trays are usually plastic. There are some designs that come with a dome to help maximize the humidity levels and there are some that help speed up germination rates as they come with heating pads. You can also get biodegradable seedling starters that go directly in the soil for transplanting without disturbing the roots.
You can also use cardboard egg cartons to plant your seeds in at no cost – except for the eggs and seed starter soil.
Indoor Gardening Lights
Indoor Gardening lights help your plants grow by giving them the amount of red and blue lights, that simulate the sun’s rays, they need even when inside and on dreary days, in the northern regions in winter. Using new light technology provides full spectrum rays and they are small enough to fit on a tabletop. Plus, many have clamps where you can attach them to a shelf in a closet.
Violet-blue lights provide a light in the 400 to 520 nanometer range that encourages chlorophyll absorption, growth, and photosynthesis while a red light in the 610 to 720 spectrum range encourages the plants to flower and bud.
These indoor gardening lights lights illuminate your entire planting area. Using more than one bulb or light source is enough to cover a growing area. An incandescent plant light is the least expensive, but, it is least efficient and has high heat output while a fluorescent plant light has a low heat signature and provides a decent spectrum of light the plant needs for growing. LED lights offer the latest growth in the market, have an ultra-low heat output, and an ideal light spectrum range.
A lot of people overlook the importance of fertilizing their indoor plants. Fertilizer is important to keep the plants healthy and beautiful. Unlike the plants in an outdoor garden, the nutrients available to an indoor plant is strictly limited by the amount of soil in the pot and the supplements you provide.
There are different varieties of fertilizers available:
- Liquid fertilizers that you add to your watering can and provides a steady supply of nutrients with precise control.
- Granular fertilizers or dry pellets that can be mixed into the potting soil.
- Slow-release fertilizers that are coated in time-release shells that slowly leach nutrients into the soil.
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Compact Watering Can
Find a watering can that you like and that you can handle easily. Look for a watering can that’s not too heavy when you fill it with water and does not tilt awkwardly.
Plastic watering cans are lighter than metal cans. Also, cans with long spout can be tricky to control as you can’t see where the water is in the spout.
A lot of plants available today are sold in standard plastic pots. There are plant owners who prefer to replace these pots before adding them to their indoor garden.
There are different pots to choose from, ranging from different materials, sizes, types, and colors. The purpose of these containers is to hold the right amount of growing medium for a plant and to give them room for their roots to expand. The container should match the size of the plant: Small plants should be in smaller containers while large plants should be in larger ones.
The best plant containers should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. If water collects at the bottom of the pot, it can cause the root to rot and will eventually kill the plant. But, with holes, the pot should have a plastic or a clay saucer underneath to prevent water from spilling onto your furniture, floor, or carpets.
If you are growing different types of indoor plants, using plant labels is a must. Plant labels is a must if you are growing food or herbs and learning to identify plants or to save seeds.
Right now on my front porch I have Lettuce, Radishes, Collard Greens, Brussels Sprouts, and cabbage growing and I can identify a few, but, the others are too small to identify right now – I forgot to label a few so I’ll have to wait to figure it out… :/
Plant labels may be plastic, painted, or sealed surfaces, clay, tiles, concrete, stainless glass, painted rocks, Popsicle sticks, or laminated labels. There are also blackboard paint and chalk that are cheaper, long lasting, and can be easily change, especially if you are planting different types of herbs and vegetables each season.
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Starting your own indoor garden is not complicated! If you have all the tools and materials to start with, your journey to creating your very own vegetable or herb garden in the comfort of your home is within reach!
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