The long Calgary winter has come to an end and we now get to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine that comes with spring! This time of year, everyone is beginning to think about their home’s curb appeal; and that means bright, vibrant flowers and deep green foliage. But there’s nothing that goes better with the fresh spring air than fresh, garden grown vegetables! Unfortunately, veggies don’t always provide your yard with the beautiful landscaping that can make your household the envy of the neighbourhood, and that often causes them to be overlooked during gardening season.
Luckily, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. You can get the stunning curb appeal you want and grow a delicious vegetable garden this spring! All you have to do is take your vegetable garden indoors! Growing an indoor vegetable garden is an easy process that can be done in most homes any time of the year. This spring, while everyone heads outside to enjoy the warmth and sunshine, grow your delicious vegetables inside. Here’s how you can grow an amazing vegetable garden, no matter what season it is.
Before you start growing vegetables in your home, you need to have a plan. This means determining how big you want your garden to be and what vegetables you want to grow in it.
Though the vast space of the outdoors may not be available to you, an indoor garden can still be about as big or as small as you want to make it. If you are a dedicated indoor grower, you could set up a spacious table or a bench for your garden. If you’re new to indoor gardening, or trying to conserve space, all you need is a window sill!
Unlike the slight size restrictions for your garden, there are few limits to what you can grow in your indoor vegetable garden. Lettuce, tomatoes, kale, carrots, scallions, peppers, garlic and even some fruits like lemons can be grown indoors! All it takes is some care, water and sun.
Once you’ve decided what to grow and where to grow it, it’s time to get everything planted and positioned. This means determining the optimum position in your home for sunlight and climate.
Just like if your garden were outdoors, you need to find a spot in your home where your vegetables will get exposed to as much sunlight as possible. For plants to grow, they usually need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight a day. Inside your home, it is unlikely that your plants will get enough natural light, so make sure they are in a room that has additional lighting. Any sort of fluorescent lights in a room will help the vegetables photosynthesize and grow larger.
Next, it is important to set the temperature to optimize growth. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to live in an uncomfortable climate just for the sake of homegrown vegetables! Plants usually grow best at temperatures between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius; a comfortable temperature for most households.
Most of the work is over, and it won’t be long until you are sitting on your patio enjoying your fresh, homegrown vegetables! Now that they’ve been positioned in your home, it’s time to help them grow!
Remember, plants are living breathing things, and just like people, they need nutrients to grow big and strong. Unlike outdoor plants, they do not have access to the earth’s soil for added nutrients, so it is important to fertilize your indoor garden at least once a week. Head to your local gardening store and grab a bag of organic fertilizer. Follow the guidelines provided on the bag for the best results.
Whether it be vegetables or plants, water is the most important part of growing a healthy indoor garden. Plants grown in indoor containers tend to dry out far quicker than outdoor plants. Frequent watering with room temperature water is the key to growth. Be sure to set a tray beneath your containers and provide the vegetables with enough water that it gets absorbed fully and drains through the bottom of the container. Make sure to pour excess water from the tray afterwards as pooled water can lead to rot that will ruin your vegetables.
Now you wait. With continued care of your vegetables, they’ll be ripe and ready to eat in no time!
Everyone knows the benefits of vegetables, but do you know the benefits that having an indoor vegetable garden have on your household? Having an indoor vegetable garden cleans and purifies your home’s air and also adds to its aesthetic! This spring as everyone heads outside, take your vegetable garden inside and enjoy hearty, delicious and organic vegetables all year long!