Hey Everyone! My last post about my new garden had quite a few of you telling me you wish you could get your indoor gardens to flourish the same way. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve been under a rock, welcome to planet earth! Now, click here + catch up!
To be frank, when we lived in our condo, we struggled a bit with getting our herbs to grow. We were able to grow our Basil in water, but that was about it. With my frustration growing indoors and so many of you expressing the same, I decided to do some research and come up with some helpful tips I wish I knew when I tried growing my indoor herb/vegetable garden. Without further ado, let’s get started!
- What’s going IN your garden? Before you even attempt to grow a garden you need to decide what the heck you want to grow and it’s temperament. Does it like heat, shade, lots of water, need direct sunlight, etc.? Figure out what you want + what it likes/needs to thrive.
- Seeds vs Plant If this is your first time growing, I highly suggest buying premature vs seeds. Seeds take longer to harvest and take way more patience/babysitting. I also found it was easier to neglect a plant that I couldn’t see. You can typically find them for under $5 a plant. Since it’s August a lot of them will be on sale.
- Don’t overwater! Yes, you can drown your plant. Always check before watering to make sure the soil is dry at least an inch or two, not just on the surface. Don’t forget to drain the excess water if your planter doesn’t have holes in the bottom. Excess water will create mold + drown the plant.
- Try growing plants in water. I know, I know, I just said don’t over water and now I’m telling you to put the whole damn thing in water. Some plants like basil, cilantro, garlic, celery, green onion, romaine lettuce, and bok choy actually root well in water. So if you’re someone who forgets to water completely, try this method. Plants grow a little slower than soil based plants, but they actually stay healthy longer.
- Location, location, LOCATION! Where you position your plant has a huge impact to your plants well being. Don’t be afraid to move them around until you find their happy place. Quick tip:
- If the tag says direct light, the plant needs six or more hours of bright sunshine a day, hitting it head-on.
- If the tag says moderate light, the plant needs bright, direct sunshine only part of the time—about four hours a day.
- If the tag says indirect light, the plant needs to be kept a few feet away from pounding sun at all times. It wants only ambient light.
- If the tag says low light, the plant needs no direct sunshine and little ambient light. It’s happy in a room that never gets much sun.
Growing your own herbs + vegetables will not only save you money as your plants harvest, but you’ll have fresher and tastier food that you’ll appreciate. I hope these tips help you get started with growing your indoor garden year round. Be sure to send any tips you have that weren’t listed or some progress pics to give others some motivation!