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Too Cold Outside? Grow It Inside!

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We don’t know about you, but the colder it gets, the more we crave fresh veggies and herbs to break up the monotony of creamy winter comfort foods. Some of you might have already moved your plants inside, but many gardeners?living in a?zone with moderate winter weather?might still be successful with plants outside. Here’s the thing:?we find that our plants are better tended to and used more often when brought indoors in cold weather. Because who really loves to water a garden while shivering??Check out two ways to bring your herbs and veggies indoors so that you can have fresh produce all year round.

Indoor Herb Garden Transitioning?– If you’re interested in tending to your herbs in the warmth of your home, transitioning plants indoors is all about a good plan. Here are a few guidelines to get your started:

  • Start by determining which plants are healthy, and which appear wilted or struggling. Moving plants in any form can cause stress, and so only healthy plants should be considered for transplant (feel free to repurpose the unlucky ones into the compost pile). It’s also a smart idea to ensure your plants haven’t suffered any pest infestations while outside. These problems can be treated naturally, depending on the insect. A strong spray of water is often times all you need to rid your plant of insects. Castile soap and rubbing alcohol can also be effective.
  • Observe your home to find the right light in which you plants will thrive. If you’re looking for the most light, choose a window that is unobstructed and facing south (which offers high light), or east/west (moderate light). North facing windows generally offer the least amount of light and most plants will suffer. If you’re faced with less than ideal light in all windows which is common in apartments and city living – you may want to opt for indoor plant lights which have become increasingly more affordable.
  • If you’re repotting, shake out as much soil from the roots as possible. Add fresh soil to the bottom of your new pot, placing the plant on top and filling in the sides. To keep your plants organic, avoid synthetic fertilizers, and choose compost or natural fertilizers rich with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to enrich the soil.
  • Once repotted, don’t feel tempted to over-water or over-feed your plants because of their close proximity! Too much water and nutrients can actually make plants more susceptible to weakness and fungus. Instead, water plants only when the soil feels dry to the touch and don’t fertilize.
  • Most herbs grow slowly in the winter, even indoors. Harvest when you need fresh herbs during these times, but remember to leave good, healthy leaves to promote further growth. Come Spring, your plants will rebound, and you may want to move them back outside once again.

Indoor Tower Gardens and Hydroponics –?Perhaps you’d love to have fresh vegetables all year round, but your patio space just isn’t large or sunny enough (been there), or your seasons are too harsh. If you have a room with a little extra space, many are turning to a hydroponic Tower Gardens as the perfect “tower to table” solution. Here’s why you might consider getting one of your own:

  • You can grow a wide variety of fresh herbs and vegetables including:?Arugula, broccoli, broccoli raab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, chard, collards, endive, escarole, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, radicchio and spinach along with basil, chives, cilantro, cumin, dill, mint, oregano, sage, and thyme….
  • Growing indoors is not problematic if you have a very bright south facing window, or better yet, grow lights. Supplementing winter light with grow lights can mean the difference between strong, healthy plants and leggy and weak plants. Luckily, you can purchase Tower Garden Grow Lights or a similar fluorescent lights which is a popular option that will produce a high efficiency light without an enormous electricity bill.
  • You’re able to start plants using organic, non-GMO, and heirloom seed you can trust, and can control the nutrients within the Tower Garden using your choice of the excellent non-synthetic nutrients out there.
  • Growing indoors using a fan means less exposure to pests and fungus than if plants were outside.
  • Many hydroponic gardeners are shouting from the rooftops that they experience less back and muscle aches, and appreciate not having to get dirty in the process of gardening.

***Fellow gardeners, have you considered growing your plants indoors? What route do you prefer, an indoor herb garden or an indoor Tower Garden?***

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