How to Create an Indoor Garden

For those living in an apartment or even a house with no backyard space, making a personal garden can be a challenge. But with a few creative tips and tricks, you can soon have your own indoor garden that’s full of tasty herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

Find your space

The first step to making an indoor garden is deciding where it will be located. According to Mekaila Oaks of Redfin, you’ll want to choose a spot based on its average temperature and the amount of natural light it receives. Different plants have varying needs when it comes to both of these factors. If you’re dead set on having specific plants in your garden, you’ll actually need to do some research on their needs prior to picking a location.

You’ll also want to consider if your garden will be elevated — such as atop a table or window sill — or be partially on the floor of a room. Be sure to take note of any potential hazards for pets, such as things they shouldn’t eat, or for small children that like to explore.

Choose your plants

Not all plants are meant to thrive inside. Based on the available space for your indoor garden, you’ll want to select the herbs, vegetables, and fruits that will do best in that area. Melinda Myers, a gardening expert and host of the How to Grow Anything DVD series notes that spinach, leaf lettuce, arugula, and kale can tolerate some shade. So if your indoor garden doesn’t have that much sunlight, these veggies are a great option.

Herbs are also easy to maintain inside, specifically mint, basil, oregano, sage, parsley, chives, and thyme. More difficult options include bay leaves and rosemary, as well as cilantro, which needs cooler temperatures and additional work to thrive.

Many fruits grow on trees, so having them reside within the square feet of your apartment may get tricky. But some options like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and tomatoes take up mush less space than a whole tree and are relatively easy to maintain indoors.

Select your containers

When choosing containers for your plants, you can’t simply focus on the aesthetic. While having a cute pot for your homegrown strawberries will be great for Instagram, you’ll need to be sure they have enough room to sprout. The size of your container will vary greatly based on the plant you’re attempting to grow, so you’ll need to do additional research on the exact size and shape of the container for each plant.

Going with the pot and soil method isn’t the only way to grow plants indoors, though. You can also opt for the hydroponic route, which involves growing plants directly in water without any soil. However, Julie Bawden-Davis, founder of notes that “Hydroponic growing takes knowing the correct mix of nutrients to put in the water, so it can be a little more complicated than planting in the soil.”

Water your garden

The key to maintaining your indoor garden is remembering to care for your plants. Be sure to water them regularly based on their individual needs. In general, extremely warm, low humidity climates often call for more watering than others. If you’re the forgetful type, set up reminders, either digitally or physically with pen and paper, to check on your indoor garden. The Apple® App Store and the Google Play Store both offer a variety of helpful gardening apps as well as basic reminder apps to help you maintain a successful garden.

This is just the beginning of your indoor garden. As long as you do your research and know exactly what your plants need, you should be able to grow as many fruits, vegetables, and herbs as your heart desires.

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