Tips for Successful Indoor Gardening
Sure, winter is right around the corner in Southeast Michigan. We know it’s coming because the leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and we’ve started to clean out our flower and vegetable gardens. Lots of people here love to garden, and some even feel let down in the winter when they think that they cannot garden again until the spring. However, you can easily move your garden indoors for the winter. Here are some tips for getting started.
Move What You Can, Indoors
Some plants in your garden can be dug up, placed in pots and moved indoors. Early fall is a good time to do this, since the temperature outdoors is going to be close to the temperature in your house. You are going to shock your plants by digging them up, so to minimize damage from shock, don’t wait until it gets too cold. Not all plants do well moving indoors. You will be most successful moving plants like rosemary and lavender, and even tomatoes.
Get the Right Supplies
If you want to do some winter vegetable gardening indoors, you will need the right equipment. Make sure that you have plenty of large pots, especially if you plan on growing tomatoes, eggplant, beans, peas, or root veggies like baby carrots or radishes. All of these veggies need lots of room to grow good root systems. You will also need lots of good potting soil and compost. Potting soil is great for your potted veggies, however if you want to plant potatoes or mushrooms, you will need a good quality compost. Peas and beans like to climb so you will want to find a piece of lattice. If you don’t have a really sunny place in your house to place your plants (a sunroom or a south-facing glass door) you will probably want to invest in a good indoor growing light. Most nurseries and garden centers will carry this kind of equipment.
Pick the Right Plants
If you want more options than the plants that you move in from the outdoors, there are a variety of options. Herbs and lettuce are always a good choice. They take up relatively little space, and can grow well on a window sill. They also grow quickly, so you have a quick return on your planting. Other plants that can grow successfully indoors are tomatoes, eggplant, peas, beans, peppers, carrots, and radishes. You may also want to try growing potatoes or mushrooms. Both require compost instead of potting soil, but are easy to grow indoors. Potatoes don’t even need a pot. They can be grown in a large plastic bag!
The Right Location
Location is everything, right? Well, this is definitely true when growing vegetables indoors. Make sure that you put your pots in a warm spot with plenty of sun. South facing windows are particularly good, and even better is a sunroom.
Looking for a Nursery Near Ray Twp?
Just because winter is on its way, doesn’t mean you have to give up on fresh veggies from your garden. Move your garden indoors, and have fresh veggies and herbs all year long. If you are looking for a nursery near Ray Twp for your indoor gardening needs, visit The Untied Plant Center.
The United Plant Center is located on Van Dyke Road just south of 29 mile. Stop in and see us today!