Growing lettuce indoors is not as difficult as you may think. Growing leaves of lettuce is also possible indoors, but growing salad mix or young leaves of lettuce can be the way to go if you don’t have much room for growing your own lettuce.
For those that are new to this hobby, it’s best to start out with fresh herbs, as they are relatively easy to grow and care for. Fresh basil leaves, parsley or mint leaves are perfect for growing in containers. In about 30-days you could be creating a fresh salad complete with herbs from your own garden!
Growing different herbs together is easy to do and there are many books available that will show you all the steps you need to take. If you plan on having more than one herb variety, you can often find a book that will show you how to keep them in separate containers. When it comes to growing fresh herbs indoors, the first thing to consider is the growing medium.
A paper shredder can make a very good choice, but if you do a lot of cooking with your herb and spice collection, make sure the paper shredder doesn’t have any sharp edges. Many herbs can be easily damaged by a sharp edge. Once you have made the decision as to which medium to use, you’ll need to decide which kind of light source is best.
Indoor growers have a few options to choose from, depending on their growing needs. If you want to grow indoors but don’t have enough sunlight or want to avoid the heat and moisture that grow taller herbs need, then a grow light might be the right choice.
Grow lights provide a certain amount of light and when they are on, the growing medium is always dark. The problem with grow lights is that they are extremely expensive and can require frequent recharging, but they provide a good supply of light that is needed in order for your herbs to grow tall.
Another option is to use hydroponic or growing mediums, such as a water-filled growing tray. These are ideal for growing herbs that prefer a cool dark environment, because the humidity level is not too high. However, the cost of growing a hydroponic medium is prohibitive and requires frequent recharging of the reservoir. Hydroponics gardening requires you to place a substrate on the bottom of your growing medium.
When choosing a growing medium, make sure to select a material that is inexpensive, such as gravel or sand, and not plastic, since it can crack if the roots are placed in a plastic container for a long period of time. When growing hydroponic herbs indoors, make sure you place the roots close to the drainage hole, so that they won’t have to strain to get water.
Most herbs will thrive with just three growing points. These points should be just below the main stalk and above the main leaf or leaves. It’s important to use these three growing points for a reason: To give each plant the maximum amount of sun and water.
Adding water and fertilizer solution to the growing medium is very important, because without these things, the roots will rot and die. If the roots rot, your herbs will begin to wither and die.
Grow lights are also important for growing your herbs. Since they require more electricity than hydroponics, they will require a constant supply of light. If you grow indoor herbs, it’s best to go with compact fluorescent bulbs or halogen bulbs, since they put out less light and use less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
Finally, before planting your herbs, make sure the soil is loose and ready for the growing. If it’s too compact and hard, the herbs will start to push up the soil, and this will cause the root ball to collapse and break.