You’ve asked for it, and here it is: a simple guide to help you begin your journey to indoor organic gardening. There’s no need to feel flustered if you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to gardening – we’re here to help you. By paying careful attention to these factors and following these tips, you can be on your way to growing gorgeous, healthy organic plants in your home before you know it!
Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Organic Gardening
Containers. You can have an indoor organic garden as long as you have a good source of natural light. You can place your plants in almost any kind of container, such as an empty milk carton, pots, baskets, planters or any other container that’s proper for the plant and the space you have available. This most important factor when selecting a container is to make sure it’s the proper size according to the size of the plant at maturity.
Soil. Organic gardening is becoming increasingly popular, so you’ll be able to find organic potting soil and compost at most garden centers. You should mix the compost with the potting soil to increase the nutrient value of the soil. A safe combination is to mix together one part compost to two or three parts potting soil.
Seeds and Plants. When selecting seeds for a purely organic garden, you’ll need to select organic seeds. The same applies to plants, being sure to choose the healthiest ones available. Once you’ve purchased your seeds and plants, it’s time to build indoor organic garden! However, you should allow your plants to settle indoors for a couple of days before you transplant them into their new containers. This way they can adjust to their new environment, avoiding stress and shock that often are associated with transplanting plants.
- It is best to avoid direct sunlight for most plants.
- Indoor plants will benefit from outdoor air and sun in a sheltered location a couple of times each year. Consider placing your indoor plants outside for a couple of weeks during a mild season so “revive” them. Once you return them back into your home, give them some organic fertilizer.
- Keep the indoor temperature steady and avoid sudden changes in temperature. This could send your plants into shock.
Tips to Keep Your Indoor Organic Garden Growing Strong
- Do not use chemical pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers. Use only organic products or homemade solutions for pest control. Homemade solutions include sprays made from baking soda, dishwashing liquid, garlic, or mild soap. For the most effective organic fungicide and pesticide, apply Green Thumb to your plants. Green Thumb uses all natural ingredients to keep your plants thriving!
- Aim to give your plants four to six hours of sunlight every day. If this doesn’t seem possible, consider purchasing grow lights for your plants.
- Watering is simple: don’t over water your plants, but also don’t leave them thirsty. Overwatering can lead to issues such as mold, mildew, or root rot, all of which are a hassle but can be treated with the use of Pure 3-Way. You should also avoid using tap water to water your plants as it can send them into root shock.
- An indoor garden needs just as much attention, if not more, as an outdoor garden. Check on your plants every day to ensure they are free of excess moisture, bugs, or disease.
- When making your own compost, do not put trimmings from sick plants in the mix – this will only spread the disease and infect the rest of your plants.