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Indoor Gardening: What You Need To Get Started

Aug 17, 2007
Many people take great pleasure in their gardens, though they are usually situated outside. Some gardeners, however, take part in another form of gardening, and that is indoor gardening. Indoor gardening offers some perks that you can't get from outdoor gardening. However, just as there are perks, there are also drawbacks. This article will examine both. You will also find places to situate your indoor garden, what types of flowers and plants you can grow, as well as some gardening tips to help your indoor garden flourish.

Why Plant Indoors?

Many people don't realize that planting indoors can be more beneficial to plants, but it is also a lot of work. Indoor gardening is more beneficial because you, the gardener, get to control the environment, the weather, what foods and nutrients your plants receive, and anything else that you would normally have to trust to nature. Probably the best advantage to indoor gardening is that you can keep pests at bay easier when your garden is set indoors.

The Drawbacks

The drawbacks to indoor gardening are that you have to be very observant as to the needs and desires of your plants. As you get more experienced, you will be able to tell exactly what your plants need just by looking at them. For instance, by seeing the leaves or flowers change a certain color, you can tell if a certain chemical is depleted from its roots or soil. You have to keep a constant watch, however, as you don't have the benefit of nature to nurture your plants.

Instead of the rain, you have to water your indoor garden yourself. Instead of sunlight, you have provide the lighting yourself and you also have to provide all the nutrients that your plants or flowers will require. This means that, probably the biggest drawback to indoor gardening, you have to put up a lot of the cost up front.

You have to buy the lighting, such as high powered sodium bulbs, which produce light equivalent to that of the sun and that are beneficial for growing plants. They aren't cheap, however, and neither are all of the other materials you may need.

To start, you will need the equipment, of course, but you also need to determine which types of plants you want to grow. The best indoor gardening plant is the cactus, as it doesn't require much care, such as constant watering, and it can be maintained easily. The cactus is a great plant to practice with until you get better and can move on to other plants and flowers.

You can also visit your local garden center and ask the associate about proper garden design, what you will need as well as where you should place it, such as on your patio or in your house.

If you have a green thumb, then this should be an easy venture for you. If you don't know much about gardening, however, you should probably stick to an outside garden before you attempt your hand at indoor gardening.
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Mike Hirn is a longtime gardening enthusiast. His website supplies a wealth of FREE information and tips about Gardening.
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