There are many people who wish to have their own garden, but the idea of having to care for plants under the hot summer sun might seem like an overwhelming task.
If you happen to fall under this category, know that you are not alone and you can rest assured that you do not need to step a foot outside your home to have that beautiful garden you have always admired, all you need to do is to arm yourself with the proper gardening tools and equipment, and acquire a little bit of experience and knowledge, and in no time, you would have cultivated a beautiful garden within the confines of your home!
You should know that indoor gardening is trending because of its many benefits: Unlike an outdoor garden which is at the mercy of the seasons, indoor gardens are not limited by such constraints. You can plant whatever you want whenever! Be it winter or autumn. This is possible because you can fully control the environment of your plants by regulating the amount of water, shade or light that they receive.
So What Then Are The Tools You Should Have In Order To Start Your Indoor Garden?
There are a lot of tools you need to have on your list if you hope to have a thriving indoor garden, Let’s have a look at some of the most essential ones.
If you are a newbie gardener, you might be wondering what a fork has to do with growing plants. Well, that fact is that plants grown indoors may not have the same access to nutrients compared to the ones grown outdoors.
Adding compost and fertilizer to an indoor plant can provide it with the needed nutrients while using your hand fork will let you break up the soil and ensure that it is properly fertilized.
Efficient, durable and very affordable, a transplanter is a must have for an in an indoor gardener. When you grow plants indoors, you work in confined spaces and you often need to transport your plants from one pot to another. With a transplanter, these arduous tasks will be made a lot easier.
Indoor Watering Cans
Watering cans are extremely important. Ensure you go for the cans with sprouts that have showerhead-type attachments. This is very essential because some herbs are very fragile and a direct sprout could cause damage to your plants, whereas the one that diverts the water is more tender and it ensures equal distribution of water around the plant bed.
You can find indoor plant fertilizers in different forms. You can get liquid fertilizer powders that you will simply need to mix with water and add to the soil. And also slow release stakes and small pellets. Ensure that you carry out a little research before you buy your fertilizer to make sure you choose the right fertilizer for your garden.
Hand Held Pressure Sprayer
Make sure you keep a handheld pressure sprayer close to you for times when you need to apply neem oil or insecticidal soap to battle pests. Most sprayers can retain up to two cups of liquid. One major pro of a pressure sprayer is that it can produce a very fine mist that can easily reach the tiniest crevices where pests usually like to hide.
Running an indoor garden requires precision, especially when mixing liquid fertilizers. So you will be required to measure. And while doing so you may run across different measuring units such as millimeters (ml), ounces (oz) or teaspoons (tsp) so it is better to have measuring cups that include at least two of these measurements. Measuring cups are available in an array of shapes like scoops, eyedroppers, syringes, pipettes, beakers. So chose the one that best fits what you need to use the cup for.
Scissors and Sheers
In indoor gardening, you will need to make accurate cuts and precise clips in order to keep your plants healthy. Whether you want to harvest from a live plant, clipped excess foliage or cut off old growth, you will find an abundance of options for plant scissors and gardening sheers available to you.
Before selecting your scissors or sheers you will need to consider the density of your foliage growth as well as the vigor of the vegetation. You will also need to consider the size of the scissors – if they are too large, you might find it difficult to maneuver them in the constricted space of an indoor garden.
It is best to have an array of scissors and sheers in different sizes in order to make specific cuts and address certain needs.
The larger your indoor garden is, the more buckets you will need. You will need buckets for literally everything! There are buckets that will serve as growing pots for your plants, there are some you will use for mixing, there are buckets you will use for your waste products, and some you will use for water. There are even buckets for holding other buckets! So be sure to add an abundance of buckets to your list when thinking of starting an indoor garden.
If you have ever attended biology class then you will know that the survival of a plant depends on sunlight. Plants simply cannot thrive in the absence of light, as they require light to photosynthesize and survive and since your indoor garden will pretty much be cut off from sunlight, you will need to find an alternative to ensure your plants’ survival.
With T5 grow lights, you can grow as many plants as you want indoors, including orchids, houseplants and vegetable crops. And by learning how plants make use of light, you will be able to choose the right to grow light for your plant to fully thrive.