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Winter Gardening

What is so great about indoor gardening is that you can have fresh produce and bright flowers year round. With the right planning and the best potting soil to give your plants the nutrients they need, you can spend time breathing in the green leaves and moist soil, even when you can’t see the ground outside. Winter can be hard with severe weather and cloudy days, but with green plants and bright flowers, you can have spring and summer inside. Shop our online garden store to find all of the essential fertilizers, amendments, potting soil, and more.

What to Grow

Even though it might seem like you can plant a variety of plants indoors during the winter, there are limits due to the amount of sunlight some plants need. Squash and eggplant require a lot of light so they may not be the best options for this season. Since many plants roots require a depth that is hard to reach when planting indoors, try to avoid root vegetables as much as possible. However, round or globe varieties of radishes roots don’t grow very deeply, so they work well in boxes, troughs, or pans. Some round varieties of carrots also work well indoors. Beans and peas, including dwarf french beans and runner beans can be sown in pots starting in late winter and after. When the pods are young is the best time to pick so you get a juicy flavor.

Choose The Right Window

Wherever you live, it’s important to choose a south-facing window to get the most out of the available sunlight. An advantage of indoor plant gardening in the winter is that the sun can actually reach inside your home. Even on sunny days during the summer, at the brightest part of the day, the sun is directly above the house, making it difficult for the light to reach indoor plant gardens. During the winter, the sun is lower in the sky making it easier for the light to reach the plants.

Consider Your Homes Heat

Running the heat in the winter can make any home dry, so your plants may need to be watered more frequently. Every home’s heating is different so be sure to keep an eye on how dry the soil becomes and water when needed. Keeping a consistent watering schedule will help your plants flourish.

Consider Not Starting From Seeds

It’s always nice being able to watch the baby sprouts pop up through the soil, but this might not be realistic when planting indoors in the colder winter months. If you start with an already sizable plant, it’s ok that it might not grow much more if you put directly on a window sill. A good sized herb plant can be harvested all winter.

Move Them Outdoors When Possible

If you have a balcony or patio, when the weather warms up, try moving some plants outside. This should be done gradually, though. Bring the plants outside for few hours each day during the brightest sunlight and increase the time outside until they can handle being put outside full time.

Tips

  • If you don’t have a good south-facing window, try a grow light.
  • Try this Bone Meal Fertilizer for help root growth.
  • Use a hanging herb garden with wood, mason jars, and potting soil
  • Choose a corner of your home (preferably near a south-facing window) and designate that space as your indoor plant garden

Winter indoor gardening can be challenging, but it’s worth every bit of time when you can pick fresh herbs and harvest juicy beans and peas. Shop our online garden supply store for all of the great soils, fertilizers, and amendments that will help your flowers and vegetables grow strong and delicious.