Let us admit it, buying a house and lot for sale in prime provincial locations like Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga, or Cebu isn’t cheap. While there are house designs that maximize space for occupants, there’s still a high chance that limited space will restrict you from surrounding yourself with things you love. If you are on a really tight budget, you might really compromise for a moment on getting that car you want or putting up a basketball stand since there won’t be enough space for parking or playing. But if gardening is your thing, I have really good news for you! There is an alternative you can use if you are really into growing plants but have very limited space- indoor gardening.
But before you go through all the trouble of building your own indoor garden, you need to consider some obstacles that will turn the idea around which will lead to wasted space, money, and time.
To save you from all that trouble, let us recognize the things to be considered in starting up an indoor garden.
Space – the convenient thing about indoor gardening is that it can take up as much or as little space as you are willing to give. Even a small table can be sufficient. A shelve can also be a good space-saver but may require separate grow light for each plant.
Light – Light is important for the survival of plants because it is the main component needed in the food-making process among plants. The truth is, even when placing your plants near windows, there might still be insufficient amounts of light to help it survive. This is why it is highly suggested for indoor gardeners to use grow lights. For indoor gardening, florescent lamps can be enough but if you have the budget you may want to go for High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs.
Temperature – for indoor planting, a temperature of 18 to 23 ºC is ideal. Plants that are exposed to hot temperature tend to be small and weak. Low temperature may make the leaves turn yellow. Considering the temperature in the Philippines, it will be advisable to use a room that will allow cool air to circulate.
Growing Medium – another good thing about indoor gardening is that you can benefit from a good planting medium that will be appropriate for the type of plants you are trying to grow. A heap of compost will serve just right since it’s loose and will allow the roots of your plants to breathe. It also contains most of the nutrients that plants need to grow.
Choosing the Plant to Grow – anything that doesn’t grow too big can be grown indoors. The question now would be what plants would you like to grow? You can choose from a wide range of indoor greens like vegetables (leafy ones), herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, chives), or flowering plants. You may also bear in mind that certain plants have their own temperature preferences so choose wisely.
As residential areas in today’s time gets more and more urbanized, an indoor garden may be a sound idea to refresh our eyes once in a while. But another really great part of an indoor garden is that it will let you maximize the space that you have to explore the hobbies that you really like.