Now that the fall harvest is upon us it’s time to start preparing for winter and then spring! In an earlier post we talked about how solar light tubes are great for indoor gardens, in this post we will talk about starting an indoor garden this winter and the benefits that come with it! There are other ways to garden during the winter like building a greenhouse but indoor gardening is easier and usually costs a lot less. Did you know that there are some cool weather vegetables that grow great indoors all year long like lettuce, spinach or herbs? With proper light and care these plants thrive indoors no matter the season. Imagine fresh salad and herbs year round!
If you are into gardening you know that it’s not always easy to make plants grow outside or inside. But there are certain plants that, while doable, can be hard so when starting your winter garden it’s always a good thing to think about what plants you want to grow and see how easy they will be. Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are great plants to start with. They are all fairly resilient and easy to care for. The key to winter gardening is to make sure your plants get enough sunlight to think that its summer, keeping them by windows is a great 1st step but it doesn’t always work for those areas that have limited sunlight or houses that have limited windows. So how else can you light your plants?
There are many different types of lights that can be used to grow plants indoors and also some controversy over what type of light is the best. Fluorescent light is a great source of indoor lighting but doesn’t provide a lot of red light that is needed for flowering plants and there are incandescent lights that offer a lot of red light but not a lot of blue. It is often recommended that you use both to grow indoor gardens. Switching out light bulbs and making sure you have them on for the exact number of hours is a lot of work, why go through all that trouble when you can just use natural light? It is the best light for growing plants anyways. Installing solar skylight tubes is quick and easy and allows for you to have fresh herbs and vegetables and beautiful flowers year round. By using a combination of natural light from your windows and from the solar skylight tubes, which provide light even on cloudy days, you will not ever have to worry about what type of light is supposed to be used for what type of plant.
Now that you have your plants picked out and your lighting taken care of you can begin growing your plants inside and enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables year round. And once the last frost has past moving your thriving plants outdoors will guarantee you healthy plants that produce right away. By starting the plants during the winter you can avoid the waiting period after planting them before they begin producing. Indoor gardens are a great way to keep fresh produce around and to prepare for the following growing season.