Indoor Vegetable Gardening
My garden site is wet and slow to warm up in the spring so indoor vegetable gardening is the way I get into my garden earlier. If you have a similar type property or if you want to enjoy fresh veggies for most of the year, indoor gardening is the way to go.
Reasons for growing indoors:
* More control over heat, light and water.
These are all necessary for growing healthy productive vegetables . Some vegetables need more care and attention to these details than others. You can have more control over cold temperatures by adding in heaters. If you live in a cloudy climate perhaps artificial light from grow lights is needed to grow during the winter months. The amount to water in an outdoor garden is often uncontrollable because of the weather. You can always add water to a garden, but taking it away when you get too much rain is impossible. Growing indoors you can totally control the amount of water your vegetables get.
* Shelters and protects plants.
Some vegetable plants need lots of heat to grow. The area I grow in is quite high in elevation so the nights are cooler even in the summer, so I grow my tomatoes , peppers , eggplants , cucumbers in walk in tunnels so they get the warmth they need to grow well. If you live in a cold climate and want to grow in the off season your plants will be protected from snow, too much rain and the cold by growing them indoors.
* Pest and disease free plants.
Indoor vegetable gardening can be a way to prevent certain pests or diseases. I have had problems with tomato blight in the past as I live in a wet climate. After losing a whole crop of tomatoes one year I now only grow them in a walk in tunnel. Since then I have never had a problem with blight.
Flea beetle is another pest in my garden. I cannot grow any oriental greens unless I have them covered. Again the walk in tunnel gives the plants the protection they need.
* Extend your growing season.
Often in the off season (in Northern climate this is October to February) it is cool and wet or cold and snow covered or a mixture of all of these. So how do you grow veggies during this cold weather season? Indoor is definitely an option for you. Learn what vegetables will grow best in your off season climate. Here is a list of cool season vegetables to get you started.
* Healthy transplants.
Indoor space is needed to start and grow transplants especially if you want to start in late winter or early spring. Seedlings need warmth and shelter to get a healthy start. I often start tomatoes in my kitchen in February and move them to my greenhouse after a month or so. This gives me a head start for selling, or planting in my own garden. Learn more about starting your own seedlings and the best time to start your favorites.
With indoor gardening it is important to keep things simple. Consider why you want to grow indoors, how much time do you want to put into it, what you want to grow and then look at what conditions are needed for this vegetable to grow to maturity. Answering these questions will help you to find the best structure for your needs.
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