12 Easy ways in which you can start and maintain an indoor garden
Gardening is a critical part of building up your survival skills. Where it may be impossible to have an exterior garden, thousands have already made their own indoor garden.
You do not have to have something that takes up half of your living space.
In fact, in most cases the indoor gardens are rather well placed within the house.
Here are 12 ways to get you started in your own home garden.
1) Use your windows
There are a great many herbs and plants which do not take up a lot of space. These plants can be planted in a glass or small planting container and placed in a window.
As plants flourish in natural light, this is an ideal location.
2) Have a grow box
There are many grow box systems available in various shapes. Typically, you will need to have about a 5 by 5 foot space dedicated to your indoor garden.
I know that there are smaller systems, but you want to ensure that your box system has ample space for the plants to breathe as well as grow.
To further enhance your garden consider using grow lights or a hydroponic system.
3) Make a grow wall
If your space is cramped but you have plenty of wall space, consider making your indoor garden on the wall. This can be done by constructing a planting system that tiers down.
By creating a tier system you will keep plants from colliding. Ensure that when you build your interior wall garden that you have a means for water drainage that will not damage the other plants or your house.
4) Use elevated Planters
Much like grow boxes, an elevated planter is an option that comes in an array of shapes and sizes.
If you have room for a nightstand or a coffee table in a room, then you have room for an elevated planter.
Remember that you need have your planter in an area that receives plenty of light.
5) Instead of buying pretty flowers and hangers substitute herbs and plants
If your house currently has a number of “look pretty” flowers that really have no function other than looking nice, consider replacing these hanging plants with herbs and garden plants.
It is best to use plants which will not grow high but out.
6) Use Mason Jars
Indoor spaces which are limited or cannot have dedicated areas for your plant may want to consider using mason jars for your herbs. Mason jars (or any large glass jar) will allow the proper light to get to the roots of the plant while at the same time allowing for the plant to be moved about as needed. Just remember to label your plants.
7) If you have a garage you can have a greenhouse
If you look at your garage honestly, then you will find that only about 20% of the garage is for the car and the remaining space is just storage space.
Garages make for an ideal garden space. The spot is, typically, humid enough to keep the plants comfortable can have garden boxes or garden shelving installed easily, and garden lights can be kept on without disturbing you or others.
If your garage has concrete walls, you can further maximize your garden by installing a garden wall.
8) Implement outdoor/indoor planters
If you have a balcony or porch (or anywhere really) where you can place a planter outdoors during the day then do so.
Make sure that you use a tiered planter so that you can get the most out of the space.
As you will have to bring in the planter at night or in bad weather, you will need to ensure that you have a spot inside to do so.
9) Convert your sunroom into a greenhouse
If you have a sunroom that is not used a great deal then you can convert it to a greenhouse easily. Most sunrooms are designed to maximize the amount of natural lighting.
This means that half of your work is done. Install planters and grow boxes so that you have the maximum number of plants while keeping enough space to walk about.
10) Use that Unused Bookshelf
An inlaid bookshelf can house plant boxes to make an indoor garden that does not take up any additional space in the home.
As the shelves are recessed into the wall, you will need to keep lighting in mind.
Depending on the clearance off each shelf after installing the planter box, you may want use LED lighting or grow lights.
11) Shelve the Stairs
Stairways that do not have closet space underneath them can have shelving for plants added to that space.
If your stairs are closed in, you can add a shelving system to the wall (as most people do not use this space).
It is not recommended that you plant your garden on the interior wall of the stairs as people are likely to bump up against it.
If using shelves at the exterior closed in section make sure you have ample clearance from walk paths.
12) Use the railing
Areas which have a wide railing can quickly be converted into garden planters or have planters added to them.
Ideally, you will want to use the railing on your balcony or in areas which will get natural sunlight, however, should you have midsize walls or a mantle with a large railing you can use that too.
Find the space:
Inside gardens do not need a ton of space to get started.
The key is to find a space that you can dedicate to growing the plants.
If you need to span the garden out all over the house then do so. Just remember what plants are where and ensure that you give them all light, water, and air.
If you cannot afford to but “planters” consider using egg cartons or other small containers to start your indoor garden.