How to Make an Indoor Organic Garden

Overview

Whether you want to grow flowers, vegetables, or a simple herb garden, you can do it indoors with the right equipment and space. If you want to make an indoor organic garden, the method will be virtually the same but the products you use will have been selected specifically to be organic. Not only will you feel better knowing you aren't filling your plants with chemicals to help them grow, but also your kitchen will benefit from the healthy vegetables or herbs which haven't been treated inorganically.

Step 1

Choose a space in your home to set up your garden. Your growing plants will need at least six to eight hours of light a day. While a south-facing window is ideal, you can create your indoor garden anywhere by setting up artificial grow lights which can be used either exclusively or in addition to sunlight.

Step 2

Set up your pots in a way that gives each plant access to the light. Ensure that your containers will be large enough to hold your mature plants. Fill each pot with an organic potting soil.

Step 3

Plant seedlings or organic seeds into the soil following the directions for the specific plants you want to grow. Water each pot enough to moisten the soil, but not soak it.

Step 4

Observe the growth of your seeds and seedlings everyday and add water when needed. This will also give you a chance to look for signs of pests or disease. Apply an organic treatment if necessary.

Step 5

Run a small oscillating fan to cool the air around your plants if your light bulbs are making the air too hot and causing your soil to go dry quickly. Keeping the fan on low should circulate the air but not challenge the plant or cause it to grow crooked.

Step 6

Fertilize as needed by adding compost or a manufactured organic fertilizer to encourage growth. Only apply fertilizer if the plants you are growing require it, and feed them according to the plants needs: before, during or after flowering.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let family pets munch on your plants. Your indoor organic garden should be off-limits to your pets since some plants can be poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Grow light, if necessary
  • Pots
  • Organic soil
  • Organic seeds or seedlings
  • Water
  • Oscillating fan
  • Organic pesticides and fertilizers as needed

References

  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants;" Barbara Pleasant; 2005
  • "Growing Fruit and Vegetables;" Richard Bird; 2001
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About this Author

Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.