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Indoor Gardening Basics

Grow_room_1You will need an appropriate container, rich and well-drained growth medium, fertilizer, and the heart for routine maintenance procedures.

There are different types of containers available for indoor container gardening. There are clay, plastic, wooden, and even ceramic containers that you can choose from for your container garden. Make sure that every container is well-drained. There should be a ½ inch to ¾ inch hole per square foot. When placing the container in a solid surface, raise it 1 to 2 inches from the floor to regulate drainage.

As gardeners say, container size is determined by plant size.

For those planning to grow herbs for their indoor container gardening project, herb garden kits are usually already equipped with appropriate-sized containers for the whole set. For those trying things on their own, remember that shallow-rooted plants need a container with a diameter of at least 6 inches and with enough depth to take in 8 inches of soil.

Plastic bags and smart pots are an excellent choice for indoor container gardening.

A rich and well-drained material for growth is also needed in indoor container gardening. Peat moss is the most recommended. When selecting from commercially prepared soils, choose one that contains perlite, peat, or vermiculite. If you want to make your own, compost would be your best bet. Do not use clay soil or soil taken straight from the garden since it is usually too heavy.

For more indoor,outdoor, and hydroponics information, please visit San Diego Hydroponics & Organics website.

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