When it comes to growing your own crops—fruits, vegetables, herbs—there is nothing quite like doing so in the comforts of your backyard. Not only does it produce super fresh and wholesome food, but also it saves you the money of having to go grocery shopping to get the same items. In the end, it is a win-win situation.
However, perhaps you live in conditions in which it is not very convenient to grow crops outdoors, so you have to resort of indoor growing. That said, how do you get started? Learn more in this article on how to grow organic food indoors by using some of our tips and tricks to get you started. Soon enough, you will be growing amazing crops in no time. Let’s begin!
Things You Will Need in this Tutorial:
- Containers (pots, trays, etc.). These will be used to store organic soil and compost, along with planting the seeds.
- Organic soil/compost. Finding high-nutrient soil and compost will allow your seeds to flourish.
- Plant seeds. Depending on what kind of fruits or vegetables you want to grow, you can find them at your local gardening store.
- Indoor grow light. In case that you do not live in a bright, warm environment, an indoor grow light can be used.
- Grow tent. Just like indoor grow lights, if your environment is not warm, a grow tent can come in handy to regulate heat and other atmospheric qualities.
- Find a good location
For growing healthy crops, it is necessary to find a good place to set up your containers, whether they are pots, trays, or even hanging baskets. Make sure that the area is not too small or overcrowded, since you will need to be able to easily access your crops when tending to them. Placing them near windows (e.g. that of the living room or kitchen) is a good start for giving your crops the nourishment needed to grow well.
However, if you live in a cold and otherwise dark environment, you might want to consider purchasing a grow tent to imitate the conditions in warm, bright ones. By doing so, it can help you get well on your way to cultivating a good garden inside your home.
- Plant the seeds
Once you have your container and organic soil and compost well-prepared, it is a matter of inserting your seeds into the mixture. Depending on which crops you choose to grow and eventually harvest, you might want to consider germinating their seeds in sunlight before planting them in the soil, so that they are acclimated to the temperature to get started.
- Water the plants
Just like with all sorts of plants, flowers, and crops out there, it is essential to give your crops enough water to help them grow. It comes as no surprise that water is known to be the “essence of life,” so do not skimp on giving your crops the amount that it needs to sprout up and mature.
At the same time, however, depending on the crop you choose, some might need more or less water than others: after all, you would not want to drown or otherwise dehydrate them with inadequate amounts, respectively! For instance, some crops such as bananas need to be water constantly, while others such as mushrooms only need misting just to keep their environment cool and damp. That said, do your research on the crops you will be growing, and you should be fine in the end.
- Give them enough sunlight
Like water, most crops also need sunlight in order to grow. Again, some crops will require more sunlight than others, for too little or too much of it can cause insufficient growth, which in the end might lead to undernourished crops.
If you are having trouble acquiring sufficient light from the sun to cultivate your crops, then an indoor grow light might be of use to you. Warm and versatile, these specific lights are ideal when it comes to giving consistent, strong light while also being adjustable for different brightness and heat intensities. They go well with grow tents, so it is worth a try!
Depending on the average number of days that it takes for your crops to grow and mature, you can finally begin harvesting them. Sometimes you can tell by the why they look or how they smell that they are ready for the picking, so with that, you can go about gently snipping off their stems or plucking them from the ground. After a bit of cleaning and storing, they should be ready for the dinner table.
Growing organic food indoors is not as hard as you think. With a bit of research and patience, you can set about cultivating and harvesting some of the freshest, most delicious crops for you and your family to enjoy.