How do I have a successful indoor garden?

Question by GeneBean: How do I have a successful indoor garden?
I’d like to start an indoor garden, growing things like spinach, tomatoes, and herbs. I have no idea where to start, though. My house has lots of windows, plus a large bay window I could make into a garden area.

How do I start and maintain an indoor garden for successful results? Should i fertilize it?

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  1. Lots of windows generally does not an indoor garden make.

    Because the days are shorter and sunlight is weaker during the winter, you would have to supplement the natural light with grow lights.

    Of course you would have to fertilize your plants. This can be done by adding compost to the potting soil, foliar feeding with fish fertilizer or kelp (both are pretty smelly, not recommended for indoor use) or with your standard chemical fertilizers.

    By the time you factor in the cost of the soil, the electricity cost for supplemental light and the cost of the fertilizers, you’ll have to determine if it is worth it to you financially to grow your own vegetables indoors. It’s not something for a gardening novice to try, but if you’re already a pro at outdoor gardening go ahead and give it a try. Start with simple crops – such as the spinach and herbs. Tomatoes are not a simple crop to grow indoors.

  2. You can grow some leafy greens with four hours of direct sunlight, but tomatoes need six hours of sun to survive, eight hours to produce, and twelve hours of sunlight is ideal. There are very few houses where windows provide this much light, especially in the short days of winter.

    In the short, cloudy days of December, you need artificial light to produce tomatoes in a greenhouse with full exposure to the sun.

    If you don’t enough sun, it would take 1,000 watts of grow lights to match the power of direct sun on a three by three foot garden. You could reduce the wattage somewhat because of indirect sun.

    It takes a lot of light to produce food; humans are solar powered.