How to Prepare an Indoor Garden

In today's environment of rising food prices and food recalls, growing your own garden is a viable option. For those living in apartments or other spaces where outdoor gardening is not feasible, having an indoor garden can be a valuable solution. Not only will it save you money, you will learn an invaluable skill. Whether you are a gardening pro or new to the hobby, a few simple pointers can be helpful on How to Prepare an Indoor Garden.


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    Decide which room will house the indoor garden. It should be the room that receives the greatest sunlight as well as have a good strong floor. Try to locate the garden close to a water source.
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    Layout a design for your garden. Many websites have downloadable and/or printable design templates available if you need a reference.
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    Consider the type of planters.
    • Clay pots are a popular choice, but can leak. If you choose to use clay as your planter option, be sure that you place plastic sheeting on the floor and observe the water leakage carefully.
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    • Terracotta pots can have a tendency to dry out quickly, so water must be added frequently.
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    • Glazed ceramics or redwood pots are a good choice and come in a variety of sizes.
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    Decide on the type of plants to grow. Consult your local extension office, online sites and local residents for specifics on your area.
    • When choosing vegetable plants, take into consideration the amount of space you have. Using an online or printed design can especially help in this area. Consider how much space you have and what type of vegetables you wish to plant.
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    • Tomato plants can easily be grown inside in large pots, with two or three to a pot. Remember that they grow quite tall and will probably need support such as stakes or cones.
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    • Beans are always a good staple, but it is best to choose bush rather than pole when space is an issue. Onions can also easily be grown indoors, but you may want to consider the scent!
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    Choose a potting soil with plenty of nutrients and compost. The organic types are generally best.


  • If the planters do not have water catchers on the bottom, place a few small rocks in the bottom of the planter to help the soil from getting clumped.
  • If you are considering growing herbs indoors, research online or locally. Many herbs do not do well inside. The indoor ones are especially easy to grow, however, and can be planted in window planters quite easily.
  • Purchase a set of small hand tools that are sold for house plants. The small spade or cultivators can be used to "stir" the soil and keep the water moving through smoothly, much like worms would do outside.
  • Consider painting your garden room a light color, such as yellow or white to reflect light and brighten the room.
  • Consider purchasing fluorescent lighting if natural light is a problem at your location. Check to see which plants fare well with fluorescent.

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