With so many people and families hunkering down because of the Coronavirus, we felt it might be a good idea to talk about indoor planting and preparing for your outdoor garden. Here are a few ideas and some things to remember for next winter so you can grow fresh herbs and some vegetables yourself!
Indoor Gardening and Light
First and foremost, you will need to look at the light situation, especially for vegetables. Plants are going to need six to eight hours per day. There are places still open that are selling grow lights, but you may have to hurry. You won’t need to spend thousands of dollars either. You could easily use some lights in the home that aren’t being used and place the containers by those lights.
The best bet is a south facing window. That will help except for the cloudy days. Look for full spectrum fluorescent light bulbs and place the light directly above the plant. If you want to use timers, fantastic and helpful!
Soil Matters All Year
As we always say, soil will matter. Make sure to use soil you know and have used for your summer gardening.
Grab some 6-12-inch-deep pots with drain holes and place small plates below. Humidity is going to be an issue in the winter since the furnace is running so regular watering is needed and place some small pebbles in the plate below the pot. This helps with humidity. And make sure to mist the plants frequently. It’s a great chore for the kids who have planted these veggies!
Vegetables to consider for indoor growing are loose-leaf lettuce, spinach, onions, and radishes. Here is a great list of vegetables to start and then move to the garden once it’s warm enough.
Something the kids will love to hear is they can be the “bees” that will pollinate, since there aren’t any bees indoors. Lightly shake the plant so pollen from the males can get to the female blossoms.
As for herbs, consider chives, rosemary, oregano, and basil. Again, light is going to be the factor.
You may have pots from the summer in storage or may need to get some. Hurry! And look for any left-over soil if you cannot find any nearby…you might be able to call someone…maybe?
Get the kids excited about a project and be safe during this time!filed under: Gardening