Indoor Garden - Nutrients Light and Temperature
By Nancy J. Lolita
We need to talk about nutrients for your indoor garden. Different plants need different nutrients. For instance, you should feed your tomato plants a regular diet of potassium-based plant food. Usually you can find an organic commercial fertilizer mix that will work well for most of your plants.
Don't use dog or human feces on your plants and also don't allow dogs to urinate on your plants. Cow manure may be preferred for vegetables but present a bug and disease problem when used in an indoor garden. It is recommended that you use a water soluble fertilizer such as Peters or Miracle Grow. You'll find that with pot planting you will be able to concentrate your nutrients in a much smaller area and therefore use a lot less.
The next question you'll need to answer once you're done planting, watering and fertilizing, is where to put your plants. Your two biggest concerns will be light and temperature. Ideally, they should be placed near a window for optimum sunlight and where you can regulate the sunlight with curtains if need be. A south facing window is best, but any spot that gets a constant 5 hours of sunlight will work. If you don't have that much sunlight available, you can use artificial lighting also. There are many excellent grow lights on the market or you can make your own with a fluorescent fixture with one cool-white bulb and one warm- white bulb. If your plants don't get enough light they will get tall and spindly and won't set fruit.
Different plants also need different temperatures. Root crops and leafy crops, for example, do best in a bright, but cooler room as long as it doesn't get below freezing. The best temperature for them is between 60 degrees daytime and 35 degrees night time. Now beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers need warm temperatures. The best temperature for them is between the high 70's daytime and low 60's nighttime. Try not to let your seeds get above 80 degrees or they won't germinate. Also, if your plants get too warm they will go to seed a lot faster. An indoor garden offers you so much more control of temperatures.
If you're looking for a fulfilling hobby or trying to supplement your income, an indoor garden is a very inexpensive way to go. Give it a try and see if it's something you'll enjoy for many years to come.
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