So, the winter is coming, and you have to close out your garden till the months of March and April when you will be planting again. And that isn’t the best thing as you enjoyed your homegrown vegetables in almost every meal. But, wait why wouldn’t you continue growing the same? Well, it is winter duh, I can’t grow any outdoors. Exactly, but that is why indoor growing is your savior.
A lot of people don’t realize that indoor growing isn’t nearly as hard as some might think, and you only need a few things in order to be successful. And there are actually quite a few benefits of growing indoor plants/vegetables for your health. This way you will have homegrown vegetables all year long, and you won’t be depending on what the green market has to offer.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of growing your vegetables indoors, and how to do it!
Why You Should Indoor Grow Vegetables
There are a few reasons why you should think about growing your vegetables indoors, during the winter season and maybe even throughout the whole year:
- First and foremost, it means less work. With your best option for indoor growing being hydroponics – which we will talk about later, you are saved of weed pulling or replacing the soil every few weeks because of the harmful bacteria around. You just need to set up your hydroponic system, and from there on simply feed the plants with the solution, which is demanding much less time and energy than the regular gardening.
- Your plants might actually be bigger – with the hydroponic system allowing the nutrients to go straight to the root instead of spreading all over the soil you will be getting bigger and healthier plants in less time. And believe us the flavor will be much better as well.
- You won’t have to worry about the pest problem – unless your windows are open all the time and your plants unprotected you won’t be having almost any bug problems.
- Last but not least is the convenience of indoor growing – once you set up an indoor growing system there is no much more investing other than the solution, and you can do it at any time of year!
The Benefits Of Indoor Plants
Now, other from getting your homegrown food you will be feeling much better with the plants around your house, and the air quality will be much better (the plants increase humidity, reduce carbon dioxide, and keep the air temperature down). And believe it or not, indoor plants apparently lower the outdoor noise by reflecting and diffracting the same! This is especially beneficial if you live in a busy town.
What Do You Need For Indoor Growing
If you decide to go for the hydroponics growing (which is actually less demanding than the soil one) there are a few things you will need:
- First of all, the space where you will be putting your plants and the hydroponics system. Getting a few grow tents can be quite beneficial, and it isn’t a big of an investment.
- Along with that, you will need a container and filtered water that will be constantly pumped into the same. The root of the plant is slightly covered by water, and the plant absorbs the nutrients through the same. One of the main things to assure good nutrient absorption is getting a pump that will be pumping out the nutrients through the water straight up to the plant’s root.
- Also, you will need to control the temperature and humidity levels. The ideal temperature for indoor plants is 65-75°F, and as of the humidity levels you should either put the plants near to each other or get an environmental controller to assure the right levels.
- Of course, the lights are crucial in order for your plants to grow, and although there are multiple options, the LED blue and red lights are your best choice. These will provide the best performance for the least money in the long term!
- Last, but certainly, not least is the growing solution. There is multiple premade solution for indoor growing that you can buy in any gardening shop, but you can create your own as well. It should contain ions like nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium as well as phosphorus.
There are multiple benefits to indoor growing, with the fact that you will have plants whole year long being the main one. It doesn’t take a lot of money or time in order to nourish and get healthy vegetables that will be a part of every meal for you and your family!