Starting a garden from seed? Well get ready for an education in germination.
These are the five best ways to germinate your seeds and a few tips on how to plant your seeds once they’ve rooted. Luckily, germinating seeds successfully doesn’t take a science degree. But it will take a glass of water and roughly 24 hours, so if don’t have either of those you should probably stop reading now. By following these simple ‘how to’ tips for germinating seeds, you can have an abundance of plants growing in the garden this year for minimal expense.
Growing tomatoes indoors is a great way to have fresh tomatoes year round without having to worry about the weather outside. There are many ways to grow veggies indoors but the newest craze is LED lighting. Growing tomato plants indoors using light emitting diodes (LED’s) offers several advantages to traditionally outdoor gGrowing Tomatoes with LED Lightsrown tomato farming. Growing tomatoes indoors requires a LED that has a broad-spectrum range of color. LED lights must be able to accommodate the plant throughout all stages of growth, from germination and early growth stages, to flowering and fruit production. LED bulbs that include UV, blue, red, and white light in their spectrum are best suited for indoor grown tomatoes because they emit similar wave lengths of light that outdoor tomatoes would receive from the sun in a natural setting. Being able to successfully grow tomatoes indoors allows you to cultivate and harvest tomatoes year round, and frees you from the restrictions that outdoor tomato growing faces.
If you are someone who enjoys cooking, or are looking for an easy indoor garden to care for, an indoor herb garden would be great for you. Growing herbs indoors is a bit different than outdoors, but equally as rewarding of a project to take on. Herbs, for the most part, require full sun, or a bright location. Finding that is most often the largest obstacle to growing an indoor herb garden.
A bright windowsill over a sink, or a kitchen window makes for a perfect and convenient location to watch your garden grow. Also, keeping it in the kitchen allows you to use it in your meal preparation. If you do not have the specific light needed for your herb garden, consider getting a growing lamp to supplement the natural light available.
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown by home gardeners, indoors or out – and for good reason. Once you have tasted a freshly picked tomato that you have grown yourself, what lurks in the produce section of the supermarket completely loses its appeal. Given the amount of light and heat tomatoes require, growing tomatoes indoors for at least part of the season makes perfect sense – and in some climates, growing them indoors exclusively is the only way to ensure that they ripen at all. Unfortunately, growing indoor tomatoes can be a bit tricky to grow due to pests, diseases, and their need for consistent warm temperatures. However, with some planning and care, you can harvest an abundant crop of tomatoes indoors.
Tomatoes prefer to be grown at temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18°C and 30°C). Growth slows down and the fruits stop setting when temperatures are either below 50°C (10°C) or above 95°F (35°C). The tomatoes themselves will remain alive when the temperature approaches freezing, but the plant won’t grow any longer, and developing fruits will be stressed and may start to look a bit peaky. Tomatoes do best when the days are longer, and when placed in full sunlight, or at least the brightest spot available. However, it is possible to grow them in the complete absence of sunlight, if you have good grow lights, and you are extra vigilant about the temperature.
Hydroponic gardening is the method of growing fresh vegetables without using soil. The growing method has several applications including vermiponics and aquaponics, which we will dive into a little later. All hydroponic applications have the capability to produce successful harvests. As the trend continues to grow towards sustainable living, the demand for alternative gardening methods producing food year round will grow as well. Hydroponic gardening can produce fresh vegetables and fish year around and help promote a sustainable life style.
Benefits of Hydroponics
This form of gardening can be done indoors, a plus for many people who lead busy lives or who don’t have land space. Indoor gardening allows you to tend to the growing vegetation after dark or before daylight, since you control the light. Hydroponic gardening also allows those who have no outdoor space to grow their own fresh vegetables year around. A hydroponic gardening system can be set up inside a home, in a spare bedroom, in a garage, on a lanai or inside of any other sheltered location.
Cucumbers are one of the most productive summer vegetables you can grow indoors. Growing cucumbers that have been bred solely for the greenhouse is the easiest way to achieve a successful crop. In a perfect environment they can grow very long (up to 20 inches or 51 centimeters). For the most part they taste sweet and their skins tend to be thin, with the exception of pickling cucumbers bred for indoor growing. Greenhouse cucumbers are quite high yielding and do not need pollination. It is also possible to grow outdoor cucumbers indoors, however, you will have to be the pollinator in that case. If you decide to grow a combination of indoor and outdoor cucumbers, be aware that unless your indoor space is completely bug proof, a stray flying pollinator might accidentally cross-pollinate your plants. The result might be a marvelous new hybrid—or something that looks bizarre and tastes bitter.
Figs are an easy plant to grow in an indoor space. Figs in their native habitat reach from 15 to 30 feet (4.6 to 9 m) in height. Growing indoor fig trees is more manageable when they are grown in containers, since the limited root space results in natural dwarfing. As the roots fill the container, you’ll need to pot up the plant, and you will eventually need a very large pot indeed. Make sure that you can easily handle the final container, in case you need to move it around.
Citrus is a wonderful indoor plant, just for the marvelous fragrance of the flowers. There is nothing quite like opening the door to your indoor space to the heady scent of citrus in bloom, especially after a dreary winter day.
Growing plants indoors with hydroponics allows you to provide yourself and your loved ones with fresh produce year around. However, just like outdoor-grown plants, those grown indoors must have a certain type of environment in which to grow. Humidity, air circulation, light and temperature needs must be met so plants can thrive in an indoor environment. Use these environmental control tips to provide the perfect indoor environment in which to successfully grow plants of your choice.
Cloning plants may sound like a very complicated, scientific project, but it’s actually quite easy. Weather you want to stay more traditional and use rockwool cubes or invest in a cloning machine, any home gardener can clone a mature tomato plant and fill your indoor garden. Once you grow or buy the first plant you will be able to live off many generations of the same plant by cloning, for free! Follow these easy instructions so you can successfully clone tomato plants.
An inconsistent light source will ruin any crop. When growing starting from seed it is very important that the seedling gets as much light as possible. Growing inside with fluorescent grow lights provides the perfect amount of light for seedlings and plants in veg. Fluorescent grow lights have a lower wattage than high intensity systems, making them perfect for seed starting, cuttings, transplants and every stage of plant growth. A T5 bulb is also the perfect choice for over-wintering a houseplant or two so they will remain healthy throughout the dark, cold winter. T5 fluorescent lighting emit very little heat, are energy efficient, easy to use and will help your plants grow strong from germination through harvest.
There are a few things plants must have in order to grow, water, oxygen and light are three of those must-have essentials. Growing vegetables indoors presents a challenge on how to deliver the optimum amount of light to growing plants without causing the utility bill to skyrocket, thus under-mining all the saving gained by growing vegetables at home. HPS lighting (high pressure sodium lighting) is a great light source that will help indoor-growing vegetable plants develop rapidly and produce abundantly, things that all gardeners want from their plants.
Tomatoes are supper yummy but home grown tomatoes are heavenly! Imagine being able to have fresh tomatoes year round even during snow season. You can grow tomatoes that are totally organic, non GMO and healthy for your family easily in an indoor grow kit.