Our Own Garden
“Oh, how I long for a garden of my own!” Does this refrain seem familiar? Many people are cheated of a garden of their choice simply because they do not have enough yard space for growing plants. Sometimes, the weather acts like a spoilsport! What can one do then? Just go for indoor vegetable gardening like many others are doing!
The advantage to indoor vegetable gardening is that no matter what the weather be like outside and no matter what season it be, fresh vegetables are always on hand! It can turn into a great hobby, especially for the physically handicapped who are trapped indoors all the time! The activity itself does not involve much expense. The only qualities required are a caring attitude and plenty of patience!
Popular vegetables that flourish indoors include miniature cabbage, tomatoes, certain types of carrots, peppers and lettuce.
To get down to the brass tacks of what is involved in indoor vegetable gardening:
(1) The basic requirement for houseplants is containers. Now containers can mean anything–readymade pots purchased from the market, old cans, plastic containers that are no longer in use–anything, in fact.
(2) Each container must have some holes to allow excess water to drain out. An ice pick can be used to bore holes in plastic as well as tin and metal containers. Some containers would require drilling with tools. The holes should be placed at the sides and bottom.
Correct Soil Type
(3) Soil type for indoor vegetable gardening should match the particular vegetable being grown. For instance, containers placed on flat surfaces would require a heavier growing medium as compared to pots hung from the ceiling.
(4) Soil can be mixed by the gardener himself/herself, or bought from a store. What should be kept in mind is that the soil is drainable and light in weight. Clay soil is not advisable because it does not drain properly; also, it is very heavy. Experts suggest having a mixture of soil, mulch and sand for beneficial results. Again, garden soil is not advisable.
Proper Soil Preparation
(5) There is a skill involved in placing the soil properly into a container. Too tightly-packed soil will inhibit the development of roots. There should be some space left at the top for the purpose of easy watering.
(6) How does one select seedlings or seeds for indoor vegetable gardening? Seeds are advisable for the person who wants to do everything from the beginning. The others can straightaway start with seedlings.
(7) Houseplants also need water, same as the plants grown outdoors. There should be no underwatering or overwatering, the amount should be approximately correct. Where indoor vegetable gardening is concerned, the plants can be given water evey day or every alternate day.
(8) Other advantages to indoor vegetable gardening include minimal weeding and more resistance to attacks from pests.