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Creating an Indoor Garden this Winter

November 07, 2018
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If you’re a plant lover, you probably feel a pinch of sadness when you see your growing space covered in snow during the winter. Although some plants won’t have issues with cold weather, rain or snow, there are others that can’t survive the frosty months. Luckily, if you have some extra space in your residence, there’s a perfect solution to this problem, indoor gardening!

Growing Herbs Indoors

Growing herbs indoors is anything but easy! Still, there are some extra tips we can offer to get you better results. First of all, provide each herb with its own pot to give it room to grow. Next, choose the space correctly and make sure your plants, vegetables and herbs have enough light. Finally, before purchasing or bringing your plants from your garden indoors, make sure you check for pests. Avoid crowding the plants and check them for aphids, spider mites, and scales.

4 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

As far as herbs are concerned, the following are four that are likely to be a successful project if you plan on growing them inside your home.

  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Lavender

4 Vegetable You Can Grow Indoors

You can grow almost anything indoors, as long as it doesn’t get too big. Still, if you don’t have enough room to give special attention to each plant, make sure to choose plants with similar humidity, light, temperature and watering needs. Four vegetable types that are our top picks for your indoor garden include the following.

  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad Greens

5 Factors to Consider When Creating an Indoor Garden

Providing Adequate Light to Your Plants and Vegetables

Nothing can replace natural light, but some alternatives may work well enough. However, if you can’t provide them with enough natural light, you can also try incandescent lamps, fluorescent lights, HID (High-Intensity Discharge) bulbs or many other natural-light alternatives.

Choosing a Proper Space for Your Indoor Garden

An indoor garden doesn’t have to take too much space. You can dedicate a windowsill, a table, a bench or even a whole room. Make sure the light is appropriate in the area you choose and give your plants some room to breathe!

Growing Medium

Indoor gardening is specific, and it requires a particular planting medium. For instance, the soil you’ll find outside is too heavy and might contain pests and weed seeds. You’ll have to look for a mix specific for indoor gardening since it should remain loose and well-drained while retaining nutrients and moisture.

Temperature

Temperatures of 65-75°F are optimal for most plants. If the temperature is too high, your plants will be small and weak. If the temperature is too cold, their leaves may drop and fall off.

Humidity

Humidity can be a massive problem since winter tends to be quite dry, especially when compared to the summer months. You can avoid having this issue if you mist your plants daily or more often. Avoid doing this with hairy-leaved plants. You can also run a humidifier, place plants closely together or purchase an environmental controller.

10 Recipes for When your Plants are Ready!

1. Pizza

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Oregano, basil, peppers, tomatoes - you name it! Any of these, in most shapes and forms, will look good on a pizza and give it an astonishing taste.

2. Spinach-basil lasagna

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Don’t be afraid to try something new. We tried it once and loved it!

3. Homemade Pesto

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If you like pesto, you’ll love it homemade. Using homemade ingredients adds more flavor!

4. Salmon with a Strawberry-Basil-Pepper Relish

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It may sound like a strange combination, but you never know until you try. You may not be a fisherman, but the other three main ingredients are readily available.

5. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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Experiment with your food! Use peppers and tomatoes from your indoor garden and make the tastiest pasta sauce ever!

6. Fresh Mint Tea

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A cold winter demands a hot cup of mint tea in your hands. Having fresh mint in your indoor garden is always going to be a valuable asset.

7. Mixed Green Salad

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This one doesn’t need much explaining. Mix your favorite ingredients, and you’ll get a fresh salad to enjoy in the frosty winter months.

8. Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet

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Lavender is known for giving a floral flavor to savory dishes. Prepare this dessert, and you’ll see that it’s not like anything you’ve ever tried before!

9. Tomato Meat Sauce

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Since this one is self-explanatory, we must remind you that you should use wood cutting boards for preparing your meat. With that in mind, personalized cutting boards with gardening details will add a touch of glamour to the whole cooking process.

10. Carrot Cake

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The delicate taste and this no-fuss recipe will swiftly change your mind.

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