Indoor Organic Gardening – 3 Major Aspects Of Indoor Organic Gardening!
No doubt modern techniques in agriculture have given us much, but at what cost? People are slowly realizing that chemicals and commercialization are neither benefitting plants nor humans, and are therefore seeking alternative modes of gardening–more environmental-friendly in nature. Going “organic” is the only solution–either outdoors or indoors. People living in flats and apartments can go in for indoor organic gardening.
There are three major aspects to indoor organic gardening–
(1) What is indoor organic gardening or holistic gardening? This garden is created inside a building. Whatever context it is taken in, its main theme remains the same–use only “natural” materials to grow plants.
Among the various types of indoor organic gardening, the most popular ones are hydroponics (cultivation of plants in nutrient solutions and not in soil) and vegan gardening (only kitchen waste to be used as compost, not animal refuse).
(2) Why is indoor organic gardening preferable to indoor conventional gardening?
There are four reasons for advocating this type of gardening–
(a) People are generally worried about finances! Well, an organic garden brings down costs, for the simple reason that money need no longer be spent on purchasing vegetables and fruits from the market or chemical fertilizers.
(b) Kitchen wastes and other organic wastes (anything which proves useful to the plant) in the house come in useful as compost (natural fertilizer).
(c) Since no synthetic materials are used, it follows that consumed foods are far healthier and better in taste. When treated with chemical fertilizers, some of the material gets deposited into the vegetables.
(d) Very little soil is required (sometimes, no soil at all). Neither the soil nor water get to retain chemical residues as no chemicals are used. Thus, the environment is safe.
(3) What are the relevant features of indoor organic gardening?
(a) Anything can be cultivated–simple houseplants, specific herbs, fruits or vegetables.
(b) There are two options available for indoor organic gardening–purchasing readymade gardening kits from brick and mortar gardening stores or online shops, or doing everything from the beginning.
A novice or someone rushed for time better plant seedlings, as the process of transplanting and/or spacing of new plants need not be attempted then.
(c) As the plants are being grown indoors, lighting should be adequate to enable them to prepare food. If the plants cannot get sufficient amount of sunlight, then the gardener can search for alternative sources of lighting.
(d) Regarding temperature and humidity, they should complement each other. In an outside environment, nature does the regulation, but the same is not the case indoors. A humidifier should do the trick since it controls the humidity level and keeps it constant.
(e) As for all plants, the amount of water for each houseplant should be proportionate to its needs. There should be no under-watering or over-watering.
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