As the summer draws to a close and leaves start to change colour, it’s time to start considering your indoor garden. Maybe you’ve already begun to experiment with indoor gardening, and you already know exactly what pots you’re going to bring inside and set under south-facing windows or grow lights. However, it may be the case that you’ve never attempted an indoor garden before. If so, don’t worry! Growing a few herbs or vegetables indoors is easier than ever, with information and garden starter sets becoming readily more available. Read on to discover what plants are able to thrive indoors over the winter, and how to grow them!
Choosing your Vegetables and Herbs
When planning your indoor garden, it’s important to choose plants that will be able to survive in indoor, winter light conditions. Vegetables and herbs that need about 6 hours of sunlight a day are ideal, although you can choose to grow plants that need more sunlight if you invest in growing lights or other indoor garden set ups.
A few vegetables and herbs you can choose include:
- Round varieties of carrots
- Round varieties of radishes
- Mushrooms (in a dark, cool place)
- Small varieties of tomatoes
Planting Your Indoor Garden
Depending on the plants you have chosen, you may need different equipment such as grow lights, various sizes of pots, and stakes to help your plants grow. For mushrooms, you’ll want large pots and a dark, draft-free place such as a pantry. You can buy special bags of compost with mushroom spawn already included, to make the process much easier. In the case of leafy greens such as spinach or varieties of lettuce, you will need grow lights. These leafy vegetables require more sunlight than they’ll be able to get naturally in the winter months, even if you place them by south facing windows. Set your lights to offer 10 to 12 hours of sunlight a day, and water regularly. If you’re a true beginner, try starting out by growing a simple herb garden in your kitchen. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors, and most do not require growing lights. Try varieties such as oregano, parsley, chives, mint, and thyme. Other options include starter indoor garden kits, which can be purchased from many gardening stores.
For more information about how to grow a herb garden, check here.
For more information about how to grow a vegetable garden indoors, check here.