Best plants for Indoor

Does your green thumb start twitching when the weather turns cool? Are you a yard-less soul, yearning for a place to till and toil?

The great news is this: You don’t need acres of rich, black soil in order to reap a harvest. In fact, indoor gardening has become a sustainable and trendy way to grow everything from fruits and veggies to flowers and herbs.

Amy Pennington, author of “Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home” (Sasquatch Books, 2011), lives in a one-room apartment with an east-facing deck. Over the years, she’s crowded the space with dozens of pots, containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.

She considers small kitchen gardens the perfect extension of a well-stocked pantry and has narrowed down her choices to vegetables and herbs that are prolific producers and add big flavor to meals.

Getting started

Indoor gardens can be created in whatever space you have available. Perhaps you’ll want to start with a windowsill or table; shelves provide ample room for plants while taking up little space. Or perhaps you have an entire room to devote to your new garden.

When selecting the perfect growing spot, make sure that adequate light reaches every plant. If using artificial light, HID (high intensity discharge) lights, which hang down from the ceiling and convert electricity into usable energy for plants, are highly recommended. Areas with tile or linoleum floors are best, or you’ll want to use tarps to protect wood floors or carpet from unavoidable drops of water.

A good planting medium is essential when setting up an indoor garden. Soil found outdoors is generally too heavy and dense for use in containers. Instead, shop for a mix that is specific to indoor plants – one that will hold moisture and nutrients, and drain well.

When deciding what to grow, plant size and production should be serious considerations. Growing sweet corn indoors, for example, would be difficult for most considering that stalks grow 6 to 7 feet tall and must be grouped in order for them to pollinate. Then, after a 60- to 90-day growing period, each stalk will only yield two to three ears of corn.

Help for all indoor gardeners feel free to ask!

2012-05-14 12:26:55 by metaverse

Saw some posts up here about indoor gardening and me being somewhat of expert thought i woudl throw advice out here for anybody who needs.
well, i will start with strawberries since this is the first post i saw. strawberries can be very profitable. a well grown in strawberry plant to start with and clone from is ideal. like most temperate plants it likes a spongy well draining soil, and the kind in particular for achieving optimal growth will not wet well at all and is done best in containers or a large bed. river sand would be a GREAT additive, but a poor choice as a growing medium

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