With indoor gardening becoming a more popular method of raising fresh vegetables, more people are beginning to look for information on how to make it a successful endeavour. Below are just a few tips to help ensure higher crop yields from indoor gardening efforts.
Find More Windows
It goes without saying that all plants require sunlight to grow. When trying to get started with a new indoor garden, it is important to locate areas that have multiple windows available.
If possible, the best tactic for larger crop yields is to find an area in a corner that has windows on both sides. This will allow for more exposure to natural sunlight at different times of the day. This results in larger, healthier plants that will support more vegetable growth during the growing season.
Use Movable Planters
For people using tower or vertical indoor gardening planters, try to make certain that they come with wheels included. This gives people the ability to be able to move their plants throughout the day to provide them with more sunlight.
On top of that, having wheels on planter towers also allows for a much easier cleanup as plants can be quickly moved and loose dirt, soil, or water can be cleaned up with less effort.
Ensure Adequate Space
As plants grow they require more space to be more fruitful. For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye on growing vegetables as many newcomers to indoor gardening realize all too late. Some plants will simply die if they become too large for the containers they’re currently in, and will fail to produce any vegetables before doing so.
Keep multiple sizes of planters available to avoid this and always make sure to check if plants are getting larger than their current container allows.
Try Hydroponic Gardening
A Hydroponic garden can save you time, space and money. There are many different options to choice from including great bench top options.
To learn more about what hydroponic gardening is, read our full article and become inspired to grow more inside.
Use Plant Food
There are natural minerals in soil outside, but indoor plants often fail to receive adequate nutrition over time from potting soil. For this reason, it’s important to use an occasional plant food stick, or apply products such as Miracle-Gro so that plants receive enough nutrition from the soil to produce crops.
Worms Are Great For Plant Nutrition
Another great trick to help with nutrient levels indoors is to add in some nightcrawlers to your indoor garden. These helpful little creatures will help supply plants with essential nutrients as they shed their castings. Best of all, night crawlers are inexpensive and can be found at almost every gas station close to water and retailers that sell fishing equipment.
Or grow your own worms at home!! As well as being great for the soil worms are also great for composting, our favourite is our Subpod worm farm and is great for a closed loop sustainable system. We feed our worms from the kitchen waste and when planting either inside or outside we use a handful of worms from the Subpod and presto – healthy plants and soil.
Water Just Enough
Most gardeners understand that all plants need water, but it’s also important for many plants, that they don’t receive too much water. Some plants will die if over-watered and it can be difficult to determine just how much water should be given.
For this reason, it’s important to check exactly how much water is needed for plants prior to planting them, and try to ensure that most plants in the garden require similar amounts of water. A quick way to keep an eye on the amount of water in indoor garden plants is to use a soil moisture meter.
It’s easy to understand why so many people are beginning to take interest in indoor gardening. By following the tips listed above, people can begin to have more success with their indoor gardening efforts.