5 Rules to growing veggies indoors
Growing plants in the house has become a norm lately, but before you build that special garden, know these 5 ground rules.
- Use lots of artificial lighting for the plants.
- Choose containers based on the depth of soil your veggie needs.
- Adjust temperature of the room according to the plant.
- Use the right combination of soil for the crops.
Growing plants in the backyard has become a norm lately, not just because it satisfies one’s yen for freshness but also because the produce tastes several times better than a store-bought one. Before you build that special garden in your house, know the ground rules.
Bring in lots of light
A good reason why plants are always placed outdoors is because they need a good six to eight hours of sunlight per day so as to grow and mature. So, prefer to place your plants in an area that gets ample sunlight because placing them near windowsills will not do the trick. But, if you must place them indoors, use lots of supplemental light fixtures with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs.
Create the optimum climate
The right temperature in which to grow plants depends on the kind of plant you want to grow. If they are leafy greens, you will need to tune the temperature on a lower scale. On the other hand, if you are growing peppers, tomatoes, etc, you need to up the temperature.
Use the right soil combination
The plants need to grow in the right mix of soil. So, you must always vouch for using sterile potting mix. The perfect mix for veggies is an even quantity of vermiculite, perlite, sand and peat moss. Premixes can be easily bought from nurseries.
Pick the right container
Plants can be grown in almost anything that is sturdy and has a drainage hole in the bottom. But, you must give due consideration to the crop that you are planting. This is because some plants do not need a deep container while others do. Always check if your plants need the depth of soil that the container provides.
Prepare the perfect fertilizer
While there are many fertilizer options to choose from the market, a lot of people do not use them and make their own fertilizer at home. You do not have to do that. From options available for purchase, you will find the most popular ones being fish emulsion chemically based products, slow release, palletized fertilizers, etc. All you have to do is mix them into the soil once now and then. But, remember not to over-fertilize your plants.
Once you are all set, start planting a healthy home!
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 29, 2016
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