Making Your Own Indoor Garden

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Most people have a preconceived notion that starting an indoor garden would be difficult. This could not be further from the truth. Although it does take a little commitment, the fresh herbs and produce harvested directly before meal would make even the skeptics mouths water if they knew how delicious it actually is! With a little thought and planning, five minutes a day could provide enough for an entire palette of fresh flavors!

Generally, an herb garden is the easiest way to start. This can be as simple and modest as a few pots or planters on your windowsill, watered every couple of days. Aside from the periodic need to fertilize them more regularly than a typical house plant, it could not be an easier way to begin enjoying the great taste of freshness right in your own kitchen. Even during winter months with reduced sunlight, herbs typically only require 5 hours or more of light to remain healthy.

Vegetables on the other hand tend to require a bit more light then most winter months will provide and artificial lighting is often required as a supplement. For most broad leafed vegetables a typically fluorescent light with an aquarium or full spectrum bulb will do the trick. However, for the most energy intense vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, a more intense lighting schema is typical to produce mouth watering specimens. It is possible to grow these energy intense plants with standard fluorescent lights as a supplement, but often the required space needed to grow them will push these plants into basements.

However, a bright "sun" room, even during winter months should be able to provide the majority of the required light. A few fluorescent lights used in conjunction with the winter sun should allow the tomato or pepper plant to absorb the energy necessary. For proper flowering and fruit production, it is best to ensure that the red wavelengths on the light spectrum are reaching the plant. This could be done by using a different kind of lighting and there are many different variations of lights that can produce a more intense light to simulate the sun in the fall. Lights such as Metal Halides, High Pressure Sodium, and specific LED lights are all ways to get a bit more serious about your fruits/vegetables.

Fertilizer is also a necessary component when growing an indoor garden as the soil is commonly stripped of it's nutrients during the growing process. Organic fertilizers such as seaweed are a good match for plants that you plan to eat. Compost and worm castings are also a good additional supplement if used properly to ensure all the nutrients are being met.

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Blu Belsher writes about creating an indoor garden on his blog. He is an engineer who focuses on sustainable initiatives for homes.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29