Indoor Window Gardening
If you love gardening and need to do it inside but are short on space you can make use of indoor window gardening. All you need is a windowsill and some inspiration no matter where you live whether in a high rise building or in a house with a large house with a big backyard.
If you already have a green thumb you can be confident that your window garden will take off flourishing. If you live in the city and can’t use soil you can even set up a little hydroponic set up on your windowsill.
And if you don’t have a green thumb and you are busy and strapped for time, even then you can still successfully start and maintain a windowsill garden if you know how to go about it the right way.
Window gardening is very popular currently and is gaining even more popularity fast. Many persons use recycled bottles, plastic tubing and air pumps from fish tanks and clay pellets to make their gardens.
The easiest window garden would be a set of easy to grow herbs that you can use in your kitchen. More intricate garden systems include those made with water bottles with the above mentioned other items that create not only a functional garden but also a nice window display from both inside and outside.
This system connects water bottles to each other and the plants are allowed to grow out the holes on the sides of the bottles. The air pump helps to circulate nutrients through the system.
There are lots of food items that you can grow on your window sill outside of small kitchen herbs. You can also grow peppers, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, bok-choy and almost any leafy salad green.
How to Begin Indoor Window Gardening
Here are the steps for your indoor window gardening.
If you have plants indoor or outdoor already then you can go ahead and take cuttings from them and root them in water. You will want to cut a stem that is 3 to 4 inches and strip off all the leaves close to the bottom. Place this stem in some water and set these on the windowsill. To make it pretty use colored translucent containers.
The method of rooting is not suitable for all plants but it is one of the easiest ways for you to propagate. You will want to change the water in the containers on a weekly basis especially if you are using translucent ones. This is not just for aesthetic appeal as bacteria will also develop in stale water which will affect the health of the plants.
You don’t want to choose a container that will be too small as your plants won’t like that. You also want to go too big or else you may have trouble getting your plants to fin on your windowsill.
Your container should ideally be around 4 inches deep and wide enough to fit on your sill – so you need to measure that before you start looking for containers. Whatever you choose remember that glazed containers will not allow for evaporation and so your plant roots will get soggy. You want to avoid glazed containers as such.
To label your plants you can paint the containers with chalkboard paint and write on the name of the plant in that section. You can also use stakes and add labels as well.
What to Plant
Herbs are the easiest thing to start with on your windowsill as well as some species of flowers as well. You can purchase seeds or you can use cuttings from plants you already have or that you may be able to get from a friend or family member. There is also the opportunity to buy small seedlings as well so the initial part of the work is done for you.
What about Sunlight?
Your windowsill used for gardening should ideally be a south facing window but if you don’t have that, any window that allows for around six hours of sun per day is a good choice. If you don’t have that much sunlight in any of your windows don’t despair. You can make use of artificial lighting when you don’t get enough sunlight.
To Fertilize or Not
If you are planting vegetables, you can benefit from adding some fertilizer every two weeks. No matter what you plant you want to ensure that you keep the soil moist enough for the plant. Do your research about the different plants you are interested in planting and choose them based on how much time and attention you can afford to give to them.
If you purchase seeds or seedlings, you may need to do some transplanting depending on how you start out. Your plants will need space to spread their roots more after a while. Make sure to get the right pots.
Cuttings rooted in Water – rooted cuttings will have fragile and tiny roots when they have been formed in water. So for the first week after which you transplant them you have to ensure that the soil is very moist so you don’t shock the plants. This will also allow the plant to get used to soil and allow the roots to get bigger and stronger.
Cuttings rooted in Soil –these plants can be watered once transplanted and left along until the soil becomes almost dry. This is because these roots are stronger and more developed already than roots that would have formed in water.
Having your very own little garden can be a lot of fun especially when your plants flourish and your little garden is not only pretty to look at but yields useful herbs or vegetables you can use in your kitchen.
The indoor window gardening can save you money in a number of ways and having plants inside can even help make the air in your home a little bit better. What’s even better is that it is not expensive to start a simple windowsill garden and it doesn’t have to be time consuming either once you choose the right plants for your needs and for your busy schedule.