Vegetable Gardening Inside Your House

by GuestPoster on November 29, 2010

While many have grown house plants indoors for quite some time, raising vegetables inside is recently gaining a foothold. It is appealing to people with a small, shady yard as well as those whose mobility or flexibility is neot what it once was. There are some benefits–uninvited guests such as rabbits and squirrels are no longer a problem, nor are weeds. There will be no long hours in the hot sun for the gardener, no digging or tilling nor will poor soil quality be a hurdle.

An indoor vegetable gardener should begin his endeavors by finding a good location. A sun room with a lot of south facing windows is best but a space like that is not always available. Natural sunlight is best and access to it can be had by placing shelves for containers in front of a window; or perhaps tiers of shelving might be hanged from hooks in the ceiling, or even inside of an indoor greenhouse. It may be necessary to use a grow light to supplement the natural light; some grow light bulbs are of the highly efficient LED grow lights variety. The vegetables will need a suitable container. Window planter boxes are one approach to consider but plastic and ceramic pots will work as well. One can combine vegetables such as carrots or onions, which grow downward, with squash or cucumbers which have vines and spread out; some thought will have to be given to support for those plants which sprout a crop from vines. A tomato plant will do best in a large ceramic pot of its own and will need vertical support as it grows taller and its fruit start to mature.

Watering an indoor vegetable garden is different from an outdoor undertaking. There is no rain, nor is there any kind of nearby underground water source from which a plant might draw. All moisture for the plant comes from the gardener, whether it is a misted or poured into the soil. Naturally the indoor gardener wants to avoid splashing water on the floor so they must use a careful, deliberate delivery to avoid making a mess. And while a drip system is fine, even recommended for an outside garden, it is much more cumbersome inside. So the indoor gardener should plan on watering daily and doing so carefully so that splashing is minimized and that the vegetables receive the proper amount of water; and inside it has to be remembered that, since water will not drain very far away, over watering is as much a peril as lack of water.

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