Want to create an indoor garden? Here is how!

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Indoor gardens have been a worldwide trend for the past few years. More and more people are buying into the concept of sustainable food consumption and have started growing their own herbs and vegetables at home. If you have always wanted to join the home farm team but did not know where to start, this guide is for you!

Find a small space

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Photo by Huy Phan

The first step in starting your very own indoor garden is to look over your apartment and find a small space for the garden. It can be a small table, shelf or a window sill. Try to be creative with this step as each home is unique and you might have a perfect space for your garden. The main rule here is to find a spot with a lot of natural light. Try to avoid dark corners as it may prevent your plants from growing fast.

Choose the plants

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Choosing the plants for your garden can be the hardest step on starting your indoor farm. Just because there are so many of them! It is easy to get lost while choosing the seeds for a brand-new garden but here is what you should know.

Herbs would be the easiest plants to start with as they do not require much attention or a specific care routine. They also spread roots quicker compared to other plants or vegetables. On top of that, herbs are very affordable. Think of your favorite ones and get the seeds from the local garden center.

Do the same with vegetables and other plants. Grow the ones that you eat the most so you will have more motivation to grow them and take care of them. Beets, carrots, and spinach are easy to grow indoors.

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Get some soil

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Photo by Valeria Ushakova 

There are different types of soil for different plants. However, as a beginner, an all-purpose potting mix will fit your needs. One thing to remember with the step is to fertilize the soil when leaves show signs of stress.

Try composting

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Photo by Joke vander Leij

Composting is great both for your plants and for the environment. Making compost is easy as it requires some biowaste like food scraps and peels mixed with soil. Compost contains nutrients needed for the garden and can work as a fertilizer for your plants.

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Start anytime

Spring and the beginning of summer are the best seasons to start a home garden as the plants will get a lot of sunlight during this time. But to be honest, you can start it anytime. The important rule here is to take care of the plants and water them frequently. If you live in the region with not enough sunlight for the plants, you can provide it with artificial light sources like fluorescent or LED lamps.

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