Are you an avid gardener? If you are, winter is not going to be your favorite time of year. Many plants go dormant at this stage and the ones that do not never look their best. It’s a cold season and can also be a very dreary one.
You will want to spend more time indoors, so why not afford your plants that same privilege? There is no reason to stop gardening just because the temperatures are dropping – you can also grow your own indoor winter garden.
The main problems that you face with this method are:
- Getting enough light
- Getting the soil mix and water right without using fertilizer.
In this post, we will look at how you can address both of these issues quickly and efficiently.
Indoor Winter Growing Gear- Lights
When it comes to the problem of lights, there are two options – either rely on natural lighting or supplement this with specially designed lights for the purpose.
Natural lighting is not something that you can always rely on, especially inside. Most plants need between four and eight hours of sunlight a day, and this can be difficult to achieve when you are inside.
If the plants don’t get enough light, they will start to look anemic, be more vulnerable to disease and won’t perform as well as you would like.
In this situation, growing lamps can be very useful. These lamps provide the plants with the UV radiation that they need to flourish, without burning them in the process.
Indoor Winter Growing Gear- Pots
With regards to the pots to use, the main thing to concentrate on is drainage and giving the roots of the plant enough room to grow.
Plants that have tap roots need a deeper pot, but less space around them. Plants that have a fibrous root system don’t need as much depth but do require a bit more space around them.
Find out which category the plants that you are considering fall under and work your way from there.
Indoor Winter Plants
Lettuce is a lot easier to grow inside than you might think. For starters, it only needs around four hours’ worth of sunshine a day to thrive. It will get ample if placed next to a sunny window. For maximum utility grow a loose-leaf variety so that you can pick what you need as you need it.
These can be very rewarding to grow. All you need to do is to find seeds for plants like cabbages, salad greens, and beets. Plant them and keep them moist. After about two or three weeks, you will have your first harvest.
Microgreens are highly nutritious. There is one caveat here, though, look for organically sourced seeds, not those that have been chemically treated.
These are easy to grow – all you need is to get yourself a kit and get started. You don’t even need lights to grow your mushrooms – they need to be kept in a cool area that is dark. This is one of the most rewarding plants to grow indoors because you get a lot of crops in a small space.
These are just a few of the options that are available to you – feel free to experiment on your own. Many plants will adapt to being in a container as long as they have the right amount of lights, nutrients and water.