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How To Plant An Indoor Winter Garden

Gardens - Winter is approaching, and gardening is being placed on hold until spring, or is it? As the temperatures drop and the days shorten, winter is approaching, and gardening is being put on hold until spring or is it? Why not try your hand at indoor gardening this winter?

An indoor winter garden will not provide you with all of the produce you require, but it will help to supplement the produce you buy at the store. Furthermore, planting winter indoor plants helps you to keep your thumbs in the game. Read on to learn how to grow food indoors throughout the winter.

Can You Garden Inside During Winter? 

Yes, you can garden inside over the winter, and it's a terrific way to fight the winter blues while also giving fresh food and herbs to your family. You can enlist the children's assistance in planting seeds and watering them, moving plants that are already flourishing outside indoors, or starting seeds indoors to be put outdoors in the spring.

About Winter Gardening Indoors

Of course, you won't be able to grow spreading squash or towering corn indoors in the winter, but there are lots of other crops that thrive as indoor plants in the winter. You'll need a southern exposure window and/or some supplementary lighting in the form of grow lights to grow food indoors throughout the winter. Full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs are the most cost-effective and widely available.

Beyond these requirements, you will need medium and containers or an hydroponics system or aero garden.

Winter Indoor Plants 

Many people grow herbs in a sunny windowsill and that is a great place to start, but in your indoor winter garden (if you keep things warm enough) you can also grow: 

  • Radishes 
  • Carrots 
  • Greens 
  • Microgreens 
  • Sprouts 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Peppers 
  • Tomatoes 

A dwarf citrus tree is a great way to have fresh vitamin C juice on hand or try growing ginger. Ginger, however, will need some assistance in the form of humidity. A heated house tends to be too dry for ginger, but it can be grown in a terrarium or an old fish tank. 

Just remember that different crops have different needs. Do some research regarding the ideal temperatures for germination (a warming mat helps), how many hours of light and water the crop needs and be sure to use a good organic fertilizer to keep the plants happy while growing in your indoor winter garden.

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