Why You Should Start an Indoor Garden

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PlantsIndoor gardening can be a lot of fun.

There are a lot of good reasons why you should consider starting an indoor garden. Here are some of them.

  • You will have a constant supply of fresh, organic produce. If you have an indoor garden, you can be sure that you will have your favorite herbs, tomatoes and leafy greens in your dinner table long after Jack Frost has arrived.
  • You don’t have to worry about deceptive food labeling. You will always know where your food came from and how it was grown.
  • You can save a lot of money by growing your own food. The cost of organically grown produce can be very prohibitive and you may need to spend a lot of time looking for them at your local grocery store. By growing your own food indoors, you can save a lot of your time and money.
  • Growing your own food at home is good for the environment. This is especially true if you use organic methods in growing them. In contrast, produce grown abroad may have been treated with chemicals that are now banned in the US.
  • Learning new skills can be good for your brain. According to a study conducted at the University of Texas in Dallas, people who learn new skills gain significant improvement in memory, and may even help prevent dementia. This is probably because learning new skills strengthen the connections between the different parts of your brain.

Now that you know the many benefits that you can get from having your own indoor garden, you should consider starting one. So, what are the best plants that you can grow indoors? Here are a few:

  • Herbs. Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and parsley perform well in an indoor garden. Simply put the seeds in small pots and keep them near a south-facing window to get as much sun as possible. Peppermint can grow well in minimal light but you should make sure they get at least some sun each day.
  • Mushrooms. Mushrooms thrive in dark, draft-free places with temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees so they should do well in your pantry or cupboard. You can simply buy a mushroom kit and you can have your own gourmet mushroom (oyster, shiitake and button mushrooms) in a matter of weeks.
  • Leafy greens. If you want to grow leafy greens such as arugula, lettuce and spinach indoors, you need to invest in fluorescent grow lights to ensure optimum growing conditions.
  • Tomatoes. With a little bit of work, you can even grow tomatoes indoors. Just remember that you need to transfer the plants in a larger pot as they grow and stake them so they can bear the weight of the fruit.