A few pointers:
If growing in soil, be very selective about the soil mix you use. This will make a big difference when growing in pots. Our friends at urban seedling have an awesome soil mix available, or you can blend your own. Make sure that the mix drains well but also retains moisture to ensure optimal growing conditions.
Where to buy seeds? The quality of the seeds you will use is very important. We recommend West Coast Seeds as they provide high quality organic and heirloom varieties that we love.
Although gardening indoors does provide the ideal environment for plants, the lack of predators means that pest can spread in a flash. Keep this in mind while setting up and starting your indoor garden. Cleanliness is a top priority and being vigilant and informed about proper maintenance is a crucial part of success. We will cover this more in depth in a separate article. Don’t let this discourage you! With a little knowledge, you’ll be able to recognize the signs of trouble with ample time to apply the right counter measures to avoid potential problems.
If you have a wall that gets sun for a part of the day but remains warm throughout, you can try your hand at growing climbing peas and beans! all you need is a planter and some form of trellis for them to climb on. Simply plant your seeds about 3 to 6 inches apart and water. Within a few days you’ll have plants reaching for the sky. Within a few weeks, you’ll be harvesting delicious peas and beans for your stir-fry or simply to have on hand as a healthy snack for the kids! The heat from the wall will be enough to stimulate vigorous growth since they don’t need a whole lot of direct light. FYI peas and beans can self-pollinate, which makes them a good first attempt at a flowering indoor food plant.
We hope that you will enjoy giving a few of these plants a try this winter! Growing indoors is a really fun activity to do during the long winter months. Fair warning though, it can be addictive! I personally have become fascinated with the different varieties I can grow indoors. I am currently growing mango, avocado, lemon and have even started a soursop tree this year! Not to mention my NutriTower that is currently full of delicious plants for the winter!
Grow on and prosper!