Gardening, Growing Seeds & Tips for Growing Your Indoor Garden.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I started growing my garden 4 weeks ago, and I am so proud of myself. I've never had a green thumb but this time its going great! Since a majority of what I eat are greens, I decided to start my own garden. I went to Home Depot, and stocked up on seeds, soils and other random gardening supplies like there was no tomorrow. So far I've planted:
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Tomoatos
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  •  Lettuce 
I cannot wait until I'm able to pick and eat whenever I want.



 I am no way an expert on growing a beautiful garden, but I wanted to share tips on how I got this far. These tips I learned from my 90 year old, Grammy who totally has a green thumb.
  1. Soak the seeds that you're going to use in water for a day. According to Grams it gives the seeds a jump start. The next day put them in soil. 
  2. Get a mini greenhouse and plant your seeds. Put your mini greenhouse as close to a window as possible. 
  3. Water from the bottom, so you don't damage the seeds from above. 
  4. After a day or two, get a grow light, it will make sure your plants get the 12-15 hours a day of sunlight that they need. Just make sure you turn it off, because plants also need night time. 
  5. When your plant starts to emerge, use a water bottle to give it a quick spritz every day, but keep watering it from the bottom to prevent damaging it. 
  6. To water your plant from the bottom, place your pot or pods into plastic cups or plates and simply water from the bottom. 
  7. Just use potting soil! Everything I was using before wasn't working at all. 
  8. Keep your seeds as warm as possible. The warmer the seeds are, the better they will grow. There are even greenhouse incubators you can get for about $30 if you're late in the season and you need that extra boost. 
  9. Turn your plants daily. If they are tilting to the right, move them to the left gently. It helps make their stem stronger. 
I hope my grandmothers tips, and now my tips which I will use for years to come help another "beginner" out. 

What are some of your tips for starting your very own garden?

19 comments :

  1. I've been thinking about doing this with my littles. They love to learn and watch things grow. Thank you for the inspiration and tips!

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  2. I once did indoor gardens when I was little. This is a great idea fro decoration or culitvating your own food, that actually right now is one of the best options we have for caring about our health. Thanks for sharing you tips.

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  3. I need to get an indoor garden or something as I do miss not having plants growing x

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  4. Gardening is really fun!! I love the choices of plants that you have because when you cook you can easily get ingredients from your garden! The best part is that you are sure its organic and of good quality because you took care of them yourself

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  5. I am so impressed by you getting started on what is going to be a lot of fun! I like the tip about moving the plants every day. I have never tried that before.

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  6. That's a great idea! I used to have my own basil, but it died. You inspired me to try again. Thanks for sharing, I love informative posts like this! :)

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  7. Plain old everything is what I think works best, you go to the store now and there's everything and anything to DO everything and anything, simple seeds, soils, pots, light and water will be your BFF! :)

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  8. Every spring I plant some herbs and flowers for my balcony, and they never survive the whole summer. Perhaps because there's nobody watering them while I'm away. Anyway, I do it every year as I want to plant something, sometimes from seeds sometimes I buy ready ones. I guess there's something very appealing to see a plant growing and getting stronger.
    Thank you so much for your great tips :)

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  9. I have never tried indoor growing. Our winters are so short here, we can get a long growing season. I may try to get my tomatoes a head start inside.

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  10. I love gardening (got that from my folks)... it's safe, cheap, and you can just walk out to your yard to get what you need. love that you're succeeding!

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  11. You're going to have a great time seeing the fruit of your hard work. It's also therapeutic, so a win-win.

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  12. The last time I tried planting something, I was so impatient the seed died. My grandmother scolded me about my impatience. After a while, I started to understand the purpose of patience when growing something. Soon, your seed will bear fruit and you'll be excited!

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  13. I am a nightmare with plants, they all die in my care. I used to grow different flowers and herb when I had my own garden, as the nature would do everything for me. But once I moved, I found it almost impossible to grow anything.

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  14. I'm actually attempting to grow a palm tree right now via this method. We'll see how it works!

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  15. Hi Jennifer, this is very sweet article... I have never started to grow my own garden... but I'd love to do it in the future! Good tips!

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  16. It's so nice to see others getting involved in gardening, one of my dearest hobbies. It is very rewarding growing from seed and you feel a great sense of achievement when those seedlings finally poke their heads up from the soil. Keep at it and I hope you have bumper crops this year.

    with love from fortheloveofpeas.co.uk

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  17. Thank you for these tips! I realised I'm not a green thumb with plants in general... it's too much for me! But maybe there's a way to make things easier, I hope!

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  18. I used to like helping nurture and maintain our garden. There is something so therapeutic and comforting about gardening!

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  19. I'm into gardening now and this post is just so perfect! Thank you for this one!

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