Indoor or container gardening is a great alternative to traditional growing practices for those living in a cooler climate. Moreover, individuals who lack space outside can also find great success growing fruits, vegetables and herbs indoors using containers. Keeping plants watered while they grow is the most difficult aspect of a successful indoor garden.
When growing outdoors, the soil holds water naturally and the dew adds to the plant’s water intake. However, indoors, all water is given by the gardener, and knowing when to feed your plants can become confusing.
In addition to understanding when to water plants, giving them the proper balance of light and carbon dioxide is crucial as well. Some plants prefer full sun while others can only handle limited amounts of sun. In addition, indoors, plants are not exposed to large amounts of carbon dioxide. Therefore, individuals must open windows and let in the outside air on occasion to keep their plants healthy.
The following are eight of the best vegetables, herbs and fruits for your indoor garden.
Gardeners can grow basil annually or as a short-lived perennial. Genovese basil has great flavor and comes complete with a classic aroma. Spicy Globe basil is perfect for smaller spaces as it only grows from 8 to 10 inches tall.
A chive is a grass like perennial herb with a slight onion flavor. Grolau chives are perfect for windowsill growing and are prolific producers. Garlic chives contain a mild garlic taste making them perfect additions to Italian dishes. To keep the plants healthy, gardeners should cut the leaves back to soil level after harvesting to produce new growth.
There are various types of mint that are grown indoors. The most common are peppermint and spearmint, and they both grow well in containers. However, mint should have its own container as it will overtake other herbs if forced to share a pot.
Sage is an herb perfect for container gardening. The dwarf sage will remain around 12 inches tall, and the Berggarten is a compact low-growing but vigorous type of sage. Dwarf garden sage still yields bold flavor but only grows up to 10 inches.
There are many types of lettuce to choose from that all grow well indoors and most types are ready to eat just a short 25 days after planting. Lettuce grows best in a long flat container and requires adequate space in between plants. It is important to not over plant lettuce as it does not freeze. Therefore, gardeners should only plant what they can use immediately.
Beans are another vegetable perfect for growing indoors. Beans grown on a vine, so it is best set a pot of beans aside a shelf, and allow the beans to grow up the shelf. Gardeners should pick beans when they are ready and not let them sit too long.
Compact apricots are perfect for an indoor garden. They do extremely well in pots when set against a sunny conservatory wall. However, gardeners have to help with the pollination process when the fruit is indoors. This is accomplished by using a paintbrush and transferring pollen from one flower to another ensuring they all pollinate well.
This fruit does well in a large pot of at least 1 foot. They produce bushy pot plants with small white flowers bearing red of yellow fruit. Direct sun is best for gooseberries, so placing them near a window is ideal.
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