We had our first frost here this week, and the forecast bluntly indicates that the second wind of Indian summer days are done for. It's time to finally cross the finish line of the outdoor gardening season in the Northeast and bring container gardens inside to grow fresh food for the winter season.
Living in a place with an actual winter involving snowfall and freezing temperatures (we can't all live in SoCal), doesn't mean you can't grow food all year round. For others in warmer climates, a tiny apartment doesn't have to limit your ability to grow your own either!
#WinterisComing, and the all-too-familiar lack of daylight is sinking in. The fragrant waft given off by a freshly picked sprig of basil will become a far-off distant memory, and sweet, juicy tomatoes have come and quickly gone again. (Ever to return?! Keep reading...there's hope.)
Inside, sipping a steaming mug of coffee, perhaps you’re dreading the thought of running out to the grocery store. That tasteless bag of cardboard/lettuce is NOT worth it to continue on your daily dose of greens. Nor do old, dried herbs from the back of the spice cabinet resemble freshly-harvested leaves for brighting homemade Tzatziki Dip.
Well the heat is on, keeping you warm, so why not grow some fresh food indoors too? The most important factor for planting inside is sunlight— and we can get around that.
Regardless of how much experience you have growing fresh food, or the budget you’re on, here are 5 tips for how to design your own indoor garden. Pull yourself out of the produce aisle-prison, and let's grow!
1. Keep the tools SIMPLE.
Use an easy setup, there's no need for expensive bells and whistles. Make planting, growing and maintaining your garden as simple as possible. As we like to say… grow the kind of garden made for “busy” people (AKA, also OK if it’s your first time).
Especially if you’ve never grown fresh food before, it’s hard to put in a huge investment into tools without knowing what the results will be. For the highest chance of success and most delicious harvests, the best produce will come from a container garden using fresh, organic potting soil. Greens like spinach, kale and others will take on the taste and nutrients from the soil they're grown in, resulting in the sweetness found in farmers market-dreams.
What you'll need:
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