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How to Start your own Indoor Garden

Tomato seedlings in pots indoor

Tomato seedlings in pots indoor

It’s chilly outside, and the threat of harsh winds and pouring rain is enough to keep even the most devout gardeners indoors. But spring is around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start growing your garden indoors. You’ll get ahead on the outdoor season and will be one of the first with fresh vegetables and blooming flowers when summer finally comes.

 

When it comes to choosing your plants, garden centres have plenty of choice. But if you are looking for an even wider selection, then head online. There you will find lesser known plants and newer varieties of seeds. Why not buy something unique, rather than the run of the mill radishes and roses that grace the shelves of every garden centre under the sun.

 

When you grow seeds indoors, any number of items can make good containers. Empty yoghurt pots are the perfect size, about 2 inches square by 2 to 3 inches deep. Be sure to make sure that any containers that you use let excess water drain out . If you leave roots to sit in excess water, they will rot, so be sure to cut holes in containers that don’t already have them.

 

Pick a convenient spot in the house for the garden. When the seeds are first planted, heat is more important than light, you can start seeds in a warm location that doesn’t have to be lit. However, once the seedlings start to break through, they need light so that they can photosynthesise. Starting seeds in a basement or in front of a large window is a good idea, as they both tend to be quite warm places. Be sure to make sure the window isn’t draughty though. The best location for when the seeds have begun to sprout is somewhere that receives both natural and artificial light.

 

Preparing the right type of soil is much easier for indoor gardens than it is when starting plants outside. Use a seed starting mix or sterile potting mix right out of the bag. Once your plants are growing, don’t transplant them outside too early, or else they want be mature enough to survive. On the other hand, don’t let them get too big, or else they will get stressed during the transplanting process.

 

Follow the advice on the seed packets as to when the right time is to plant your seeds, and if in doubt, ask your local garden centre.