Today’s guest post is from Emma Metson, who writes about home improvement and gardening on her site Fixtures and Flowers. She’s going to give us some tips for starting a successful indoor garden. Enjoy!
Indoor gardening may or may not be an unconventional way of gardening for you. It may or may not be an easy hobby or profession. But one thing is for sure, there’s a lot you should know in order to avoid costly mistakes!
Knowing about the different types of soil will help you immensely if you’re thinking about taking gardening seriously; however, in this article, we’ll focus on indoor gardening know-how and quick facts and tips in the hope of saving you from unfortunate errors – thus saving a plant (and a buck) or two. Welcome to the ultimate indoor gardening cheat sheet!
Ultimate Indoor Gardening Cheat Sheet
In the event that you’ve been following tips and techniques from the many articles which can be found online, at this point there’s a decent possibility you’ve honed your cultivation skills and are exhilarated by the results of exercising your green thumb. You may be excited and looking for the next challenge.
The ideal way to take your planting abilities to the next level is to broaden your vision and benefit as much as possible from your garden space. Do note that the key here is space management and planning; lots and lots of planning! So let’s begin with a very doable task; the edible eggplant!
Most of us know eggplants for their scrumptiousness and many health benefits, and growing them in your garden is a wonderful way to get these benefits. The plants yield small to medium-sized fruits. They do moderately well in holders and raised beds; for this reason, they make a fantastic indoor plant choice. Planting them in your indoor garden is highly recommended!
Copper, dietary fibre, and Vitamin B1 are abundant in eggplants. They are profoundly nutritious; also, they make an ideal barbecued side-dish. So read on to learn some tips for growing eggplants inside.
Eggplants are, for the most part, a plant for the warmer seasons. They flourish best in sunny and humid conditions.
Although raised beds treated with great fertilizer for the most part do best, eggplants also do moderately well in containers with quality soil. A general “benchmark” to keep in mind is to keep the pH level somewhere in the range of 6.2 to 6.9.
The leaves of the eggplant are amazing in that they are built to stand brutal and hot conditions. This is mostly due to their rough surface. But taking care of them as if they weren’t so sturdy is vital. It’s best to enhance your plant’s mulch regularly with a generous serving of dry shredded leaves, hay, and any other organic materials you can get your hands on.
By doing so, you can keep the soil at a cool temperature (as it should be), subdue weeds, and secure moisture within the soil.
2. Eggplant aftercare
Knowing the dos and donts of caring for the eggplant is vital. Since the eggplant is predominantly a plant that flourishes in the summer, individuals living in colder climates must attempt to keep the temperature around the plant moderately high.
Growing plants in column covers or in a large dim shaded area is a great way of accomplishing this.
As a rule, eggplants grow into tall plants. It makes sense to space them somewhere in the region of 21 to 39 inches away from each other. When placing the saplings in compartments, ensure you include no less than two to three inches of compost to lock in moisture and treat the soil.
Adding liquid plant food regularly can also be done – it’s even considered a “best practice” for sustaining well-fed soil.
3. Storing and Harvesting
Specialists advise keeping an eye on your plant’s seeds prior to harvesting. An eggplant which is ready to be picked will gush little seeds and will also have a hard substance inside.
A natural product without any seeds is probably unripe, but one with large seeds may already be overripe. Your best option is to pick your eggplant when it stops getting larger in size. Moreover, a natural product that is ready to be picked will have shiny skin. This is a good sign to keep an eye out for.
Whilst gathering, instead of aggressively pulling at the fruit by hand, use pruning shears. Once picked, you can wash them, pat them dry, and refrigerate them for a few days.
The Cheat Sheet
You’ll probably be interested in growing other plants as well as edibles. Here are a few recommendations for plants that are fun to grow; we’ll categorise them according to how much light they need. Some of these, like snake plants and succulents, even work great as living room decor!
- Snake Plant (a personal favourite)
- Rabbit Foot Fern
- Peace Lily
- Arrowhead Plant
- Chinese Evergreen
- Heart Leaf Philodendron
- Parlor Palm
- Zeezee Plant
- White Flag
- Spider Plant
- Ti Plant
- Grape Ivy
- Bird’s Nest Fern
- Sago Palm
- Asparagus Fern
- Prayer Plant
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- The Boston Fern
- Piggyback Plant
- Dumb Cane
- Rubber Plant
- The Wandering Jew
- Crown of thorns
- English Ivy
- Weeping Pig
- False Aralia
- Zebra Plant
- Wax Plant
- Baby Tears
- Succulents and Cactus
- Pony Tail Palm Plant
You may refer to this sheet as much as you need to when you begin!
For the Vegans Out There
For our vegan brethren, here are a few recommendations (other than the eggplant, mentioned earlier) for edibles which you can successfully grow indoors (with a little work)!
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Carrots (a must have, great for the eyes!)
Have fun with it!
Indoor gardening is an adventure! You may not always have a great success rate, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! The best advice we can give is to always plan ahead. This already requires that you’ve read through what you should know for the plant you’ve decided to grow. Make sure you know how much sunlight and water each particular plant needs, and when you should water it.
You may fail a few times and have some die on you, but remember, even the best fail many times before succeeding. Don’t worry and don’t give up; with proper knowledge and care for your plants, your indoor garden will look spectacular in no time!