Indoor gardening: the basics

Indoor gardening: the basics

For many gardening isn’t just a hobby but a way of life, because these people tend to their plants every free second they get. And luckily for gardeners, who live in colder climates or places, where there are four distinct seasons, there is indoor gardening, that lets them continue to grow plants even when the weather outside doesn’t allow it. So let’s explore what indoor gardening is and what you need to know to start your own home garden.

Indoor gardening differs from regular outside gardening quite a bit, mainly because in an indoor gardening setting you are the one who provides everything the plant needs from water to nutrients to even light. So you need to know the basics before you even attempt to start your garden indoors.

Let’s start with soil as that is the base of any garden. For an indoor garden you either tailor the soil to the plants that you will be growing or just choose a potting mix that is suited for indoor gardening.  Of course you can also go with soil taken from outside, if you don’t  want to splurge on a potting mix, however, I would suggest to consider buying a special soil, since then you might have to give your plants less additional nutrients and the plants will take to the new soil better.

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The overall climate in the place where you will be setting up your indoor garden is important, too. Different plants like different humidity conditions, but overall keep the humidity around 50%, because most plants are happy in this type of climate. However, since humidity in people’s home tends to not be that high especially during the winter, you might want to think about ways how to get that humidity rate up. On top of that you also need to watch the temperature of the room, in which your plants will be growing in. Even though most plants are used to few degree temperature fluctuations, it is important to keep the room temperature even 24 hours a day and avoid situation when it gets too hot or too cold in your grow room, so the plants don’t get stressed.

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Probably the most crucial part of indoor gardening is giving your plants enough light, so they are able to grow. Some indoor gardeners might be able to get away with having their plants sit on the windowsill and getting the necessary light that way, however, if you want to grow your plants in a room, where there isn’t much sunlight, then you might want to think about buying T5 grow lights or any other artificial lighting and setting them up over your plants, so they can grow and thrive in your indoor garden.

And lastly when it comes to watering your indoor plants, make sure that not to under water them or over water them. The best strategy here is to check the soil of your indoor garden frequently and water the plants once their soil is dry. This way you will be able to avoid any watering mishaps and will be able to keep your plants as healthy and happy as possible.

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Happy indoor gardening!

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Guest post by Ben Thorton

My name is Ben Thorton and I am the owner of T5fixtures, a blog about all things indoor gardening. We at T5Fixtures concentrate on providing gardening information and reviews of T5 grow light and other tools that will help you garden and achieve big, beautiful plants.