So you want to eat some home-grown veggies. What if you don’t have a lot of garden space, though? What if you don’t have any garden space?
Never fear, however, this article was made for you. Here we have the best 5 tips for growing vegetables indoors year round!
So without further ado, let’s dive in.
1. Consider How to Go About Growing Vegetables Indoors Year Round
There are quite a few ways you can go about growing your vegetables indoors. There’s the vertical farming method, which makes use of warehouse-like shelving of various racks of plants.
Another method is to just recycle older plastic containers and place them in a convenient place. Whether that’s by a window or in a place where the container fits, this is a handy method to choose.
Going forward we’ll assume you’re using the container method, as it’s less time consuming and more convenient for most people. However, if you would like a more in-depth look at vertical farming, see our article here.
2. Put Plates Under Your Containers
When growing vegetables in containers, you may find your floor can become damp beneath the container itself. If you have a wooden floor, this could damage the floorboards and the piping/electrical works beneath it.
A good solution to this is to buy some low-priced plates and simply put them in the container itself. The plates will add as like an absorbing surface, retaining any dampness/water overflow before it reaches the ground.
3. Put Rocks on the Plates
Houses with central or radiator heating may have an atmosphere that is too dry to grow vegetables indoors. This is usually due to water evaporating too quickly from the atmosphere around the containers.
The easy way to fix this is to place small rocks (with no limestone inside) on the plate under the container or on top of the soil in the container.
These rocks will absorb some of the water residues on the plates or soil, leaving them damp and helping slow down the evaporation process around the container so that the soil can retain more water particles for longer.
4. Keep Temperatures Appropriate
Whilst we said various heating types can make the atmosphere too dry, you should keep your heating levels appropriate for the season you are growing your veggies in.
You don’t want it to be too warm in the spring/summer and kill your vegetables that way. Also, you don’t want your food freezing in winter, so a little extra heat could help!
All-in-all it just comes down to researching the specific requirements you need for growing vegetables indoors year round and through the various seasons. This will highly depend on the vegetables you plan to grow and how much light they need.
5. Consider a Grow Light
Speaking of light, if you can’t put your vegetables in direct sunlight you might need a grow light!
As the name implies, a grow light is a light bulb made to help grow plants when natural light isn’t available.
When using these we recommend using a timer so you don’t expose too much light to your plants. Natural light will always be your best bet for growing veggies though.
Room to Grow
So there you have it! Now you have a good idea on how you can start growing vegetables indoors year round!
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