How to Garden Indoors This Winter


How to Garden Indoors This Winter

There’s no need to lament the end of the summer growing season. Just slip on your gardening shoes and walk indoors. All you need is a sunny windowsill and a few smallish pots.

Here are some ideas for gardening indoors:

  • For garlicky tasting greens, plant a few cloves in a small pot filled with light potting mix and place the pot in a sunny windowsill. Snip the greens as they grow.
  • Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window where it can get the sun and warmth it loves.
  • Snip a good sized stem from your oregano plant and start it indoors in a south-facing window.
  • Take a tip cutting from an outdoor sage plant to start indoors. Sage tolerates dry, indoor air well, but it needs the strong sun it will get in a south-facing window.
  • Force bulbs for mid winter splashes of color.
  • African violets, Begonias, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, and Cyclamen are all flowering plants that can all be grown indoors.

If I was only allowed to give one tip for growing plants indoors it would be: don’t over-water! I read recently that over-watering is actually the number one reason why plants die, not under-watering. Water your plants only when the soil is dry an inch or two beneath the surface (stick your finger in to check).

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