How to Prepare an Indoor Garden


Preparing an indoor garden allows you the ability to grow a variety of plants in a small space. Container gardening allows you to experiment with plants that wouldn't otherwise thrive outdoors in your region, such as tropicals and cold-weather plants. From vegetables to herbs, your indoor garden can provide you with culinary flavors and organic nutrition. Preparing an indoor garden proves to be an in-depth project that will result in a lush container garden in your home.

Step 1

Select a room in your home that isn't in use, or use an enclosed porch area. Clean it and dust it to freshen it up a bit for your indoor garden.

Step 2

Line the entire floor of the room with thick black plastic tarp. Make two layers of the plastic on the floor. This protects the floor from water, dirt and other objects related to gardening.

Step 3

Place a 6-foot-tall florescent light fixture at each corner of the room. These light fixtures can be purchased at any gardening or aquarium shop.

Step 4

Place a standard home humidor in the center of the room. The humidor provides moisture in the air to simulate a lush environment in which plants thrive.

Step 5

Place assorted rectangular planter boxes along the walls of the room. Make each box about 2 feet deep by 2 feet wide.

Step 6

Line each box with black plastic tarp.

Step 7

Fill each box with approximately two inches of aquarium gravel. The gravel allows for water retention.

Step 8

Fill each planter about 3/4 full with organic potting soil.

Step 9

Insert rows of flat peat moss discs in each planter box. Make sure the discs are spaced about 2 to 3 inches apart. Make two rows in each planter.

Step 10

Insert a single seed of your choice in the center of each peat moss disc.

Step 11

Administer about a cup of water per each peat moss disc. They will instantly swell, encasing the seeds within them.

Things You'll Need

  • Roll of black plastic tarp
  • Florescent lights on stands
  • Humidor
  • Assorted planter boxes
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss discs
  • Assorted plant seeds


  • University of Florida: Indoor Gardening
  • Arizona State University: Indoor Container Gardening
Keywords: gardening indoors, container gardening, indoor plants

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