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.
Photo by Silver Creek Garden
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).