With all the horror stories of pesticides and recalls of tomatoes, spinach and other produce, many people have opted to grow their own vegetables and herbs. There's enormous satisfaction in growing your food. For example, you know the exact freshness of your food, and you don't have to worry about what poisonous pesticides were added. You also don't have to worry about the weather or nasty bugs. Contrary to popular belief, even if you have no yard at all, you can grow flowers, fruit, vegetables, tropical plants and herbs. With a little space in your home and a trip to a local supply store, you can have your own indoor greenhouse.
Choose your indoor greenhouse kit by deciding what you want to grow. Two deciding factors on the size of the greenhouse include the amount of space you have in your home and how many plants you want to grow. Kits are inexpensive, but if you're handy, you can build your greenhouse from scratch.
Choose the best location in your home for the indoor greenhouse. For the majority of plants, choose a southern-most window in your home that gets the fullest sun. If it's impossible, you can add lighting to your greenhouse to meet the demand.
Set up your greenhouse following the directions included in your kit. Most kits will require basic tools, such as a hammer and screwdriver. If you need additional help with instructions, companies provide a toll-free phone number to call for assistance.
Choose pots for planting. You'll need a variety of sizes for starting your plants and transferring to bigger pots as the plants grow.
Get good potting soil. You can buy premixed soil or, to make your own, check the best soil mixes for your particular plant or vegetable. According to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, a good quick recipe for potting soil includes "21 quarts compost, 15 quarts peat moss, and 1/2 cup each of lime, rock phosphate and greensand."
Plant the seeds you have chosen to grow. When purchasing seeds, double-check the growing directions on the back of the pack and review how much sun or shade each plant requires.
Water and fertilize your plants as instructed on the seed packets. It's paramount to pay close attention to each individual plant, because some will require watering more often than others.
Patiently wait for the production of your plants. Satisfaction awaits you when you savor the first bite of your successful accomplishment. By growing your own plants in your greenhouse, you have convenience and peace of mind knowing you're eating healthy food.