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Indoor Vegetable Gardening

It is not necessary for you to have an outdoor garden in order to grow your own vegetables. Many people do indoor vegetable gardening. In fact, indoor vegetable gardening goes all the way back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Of course, modern indoor gardening benefits from something the ancient Egyptians didn't have, artificial lighting.

There are several types of lamps for indoor vegetable gardening, but most gardeners use fluorescent lights. You can buy an already assembled tabletop light garden that will grow a few plants that do not require intense light. Or you can assemble a large etagere that allows you to grow many plants under various degrees of lighting. You can also use window valances that allow you to combine artificial light with natural light.

Indoor vegetable gardening requires the use of planters. When choosing planters, remember that the needs of the plants must take priority over your preferences for decor. All containers should have a hole or holes for the drainage of water and proper aeration. Containers made of porous material are best for this. You can prevent porous pots from drying out too rapidly by placing them in a larger pot filled with sawdust or by burying them in a bed of moist sphagnum, peat moss or vermiculite. Wooden containers are best for plants that must be grown at high temperatures. Be sure to choose planters of a size and shape best suited to the indoor gardening space you have.

Some varieties of vegetables are simply not suited to indoor gardening because they require more space and soil than an indoor gardener can provide. A few species that were once impossible to grow indoors, such as cucumbers and squash, are now available in bush or dwarf varieties. Other plants, however, have been long time favourites for indoor vegetable gardening.

Carrots are among the easiest vegetables to grow indoors. The soil should be at least six inches deep. Water them well every seven to ten days. They require little fertilization.

Leeks are also very easy to grow indoors. They need porous soil, rich in nitrogen. A pot with an eight-inch diameter is big enough to grow about a dozen leeks. They should be well watered about once a week.

Sweet peppers are more of a challenge for indoor gardeners. They require special lighting that can be difficult to produce in the home. Still, some determined gardeners managed to grow them indoors. Of course, there are many other vegetables you can grow in your indoor garden. Just ask the people at your local gardening centre what might work best for you.