If you’re already feeling those Colorado winter blues without your outdoor garden, an indoor garden is a great alternative. Your garden can range anywhere from an indoor greenhouse to a simple propagation wall. You can build your garden in your kitchen, your office, or in any room that gets proper natural light. This is a project that’s totally customizable for your space and needs.

Not sure where to start? Check out a few ideas from our experts!

Herb Garden

An indoor herb garden can be compact, easy and delicious. Plus it’s a good way to start an indoor garden if you’ve never tried before. Basil, chives, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, spearmint and thyme are a few herbs that grow great indoors.

Indoor herbs grow best in full sun, so to ensure a healthy plant you’ll want to place your pots near a window that gets sun most of the day. An LED grow light can help supplement the sunlight. Adding a humidifier nearby will keep the air moist. The added humidity will keep your garden thriving.

Veggie Garden

If your home is lacking a yard and you want to save yourself a few trips to the grocery store, an indoor veggie garden might be a good option for you.

To start you’ll need a container that’s large enough for the roots of your plant to grow and has a hole in the bottom to allow drainage – you can buy a new container or repurpose an old one. Make sure you’re starting with healthy soil. Soil is living dirt. It contains nutrients, organic matter, water and air. If you try planting your garden in bad soil, your plants won’t get the right nutrients and will eventually die. When you’re buying soil for an indoor garden make sure it’s organic potting soil rather than soil for your garden. You can also add a fertilizer if you feel like it’s necessary.

To pick your garden spot, find an area near a south or east facing window. This will ensure your garden gets enough sunlight. Set the temperature between 65-70 degrees and maintain a 10-20% humidity level.

Most herbs will easily grow indoors, but when it comes to vegetables some are better suited than others. We suggest starting with arugula, bell peppers, beans (bush type), kale, carrots, sprouts, radishes, spinach, lettuce or edible flowers.

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