Do you wish you could grow fresh fruits and vegetables year-round? Maybe you never believed it could be possible or live in a small home and don’t have enough indoor space? But, guess what? You can! ─ You can grow year-round, fresh fruits and vegetables with an indoor garden ─ upside-down style!
Many fruits and vegetables grow well indoors, including cherry tomatoes, strawberries and peppers. By growing a hanging, upside-down garden, you save space and create a visually appealing atmosphere, as well. You can get really creative with what kind of containers you use and even decorate them to match a theme!
Hanging gardens and upside potting techniques have been used for centuries to save space and get the most out of a year-round crop.
How to Start Your Indoor Garden ─ Upside-Down Style
Step 1. Find a perfect location:
Since you will not want to move your plants once they begin to grow, you must find a suitable location to begin your hanging, indoor garden. Furthermore, consider the amount of sunlight that your plants will need to grow properly. A nice attribute of a hanging, indoor garden is that it is easy to find space around windows so that your plants get enough sunlight. Just remember to give yourself enough room to maneuver around the plants and enough room for your plants to grow.
Step 2. Purchase already started plants or germinate in seedpods before starting your hanging, indoor garden:
It is extremely difficult to grow a hanging fruit or vegetable plant from seed. You either need to germinate the plants beforehand in seedpods, or purchase seedlings which are at least 3 – 4 inches tall.
Step 3. Select and decorate your hanging pots:
Make sure to choose sturdy containers with a strong hook for hanging. Then, drill holes into the containers where you will plant the seedlings. Make sure the holes are large enough for the plants to grow. Also, consider that water may drip from the indoor garden when you water the plants, so consider how you want to catch and contain the water under the hanging containers.
Step 4. Drill Hooks Into The ceiling Where You Want To Hang Your Plants:
If you don’t want to hang with hooks, you can develop a rack system where you can secure your hanging, indoor garden. Be creative with this step, but make sure that whichever method you choose to hang your plants, it is strong enough to support the weight of a fully grown, hanging plant, plus wet soil and the container.
Step 5. Choose Good Potting Soil Or Compost:
Choose your soil so that it is pre-fertilized so that your plants will receive the nourishment that they require.
Step 6. Anchor Your Plants To The Bottom Of The Container:
Place cardboard, foam or cloth at the bottom of your containers and make slits to carefully pull your plants through. This way, once the container is hanging, the seedlings won’t fall through the holes, and you won’t lose soil through the holes, as well.
Step 7. Care For Your Hanging, Indoor Garden:
Care for your plants just like you normally would.
Now you can enjoy fresh, homegrown foods year-round!
What Can You Grow In Your Hanging, Indoor Garden?
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Cucumbers: Choose a small kind such as pickling cucumbers.
- Eggplants: choose a miniature type or a slender, Asian eggplant.
If you have ever concluded that indoor gardening is not for you because you don’t have enough space, then maybe now the idea of having a hanging, indoor garden might suffice to make you reconsider.
Furthermore, you can grow a variety of produce or just start with something simple such as cherry tomatoes!
Robin, and the Zen Team
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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