How to Build an Indoor Container Garden

With the onset of colder weather outside, people might tend to think that their gardening season is over. This is not really true. People can continue to garden by practicing Indoor Container Gardening. Indoor house plants are popular with people for many reasons including adding beauty to the home and helping to freshen the closed window, indoor air in the colder weather.

There are many plants to choose from that grow well indoors. Try to pick plants that like to bloom flowers inside. They will help to add color to a room and also fragrance. If one wants to bring a plant inside that has grown well outside over the summer, one may want to place the plant into a larger container, especially if the plant has grown so well outside that it has outgrown it’s container. Start by adding a few inches of soil to the new container and then take the old container and carefully remove the plant, along with all of the soil, and place it into the new container. Then fill in soil along the sides and place some on the top. Be sure to leave the soil line about two inches below the rim of the container. This will help stop water spilling over the sides of the container when watering the plant.

One must be careful when watering indoor plants. The number one problem that people can inflict on their indoor plants is over watering. One way to make sure that one doesn’t do this is to stick ones index finger into the soil up to the middle joint in the finger. If one feels any moisture, then don’t water the plant.

Some plants don’t like to be watered from the top. Some prefer to be watered from the bottom. To do this get a container and put some water into the container. Make sure that the container you have these plants in has drainage holes in the bottom so that when you put your plant into the container with water, the water will seep up into the plant through the drainage holes. Leave the plant in the water container for about thirty minutes or a little while longer, to let the water sink in good. Then take the plant out of the water and allow the excess water to drain out of the container.

Check your indoor plants once a week to see if they need watering. In general they don’t need to be watered more than this. Remember, over watering is the most likely cause of sickness or death to indoor plants. Once a week stick your finger into the plant container to see if there is any moisture and if there is, then don’t water for now.

An Indoor Container Garden can be of various kinds of containers. Most people like to use the flower pot type of containers. There are larger containers that could be used for growing larger house plants. Some people grow small trees in their homes. These would require a five to ten gallon container or larger.

People can make flower bed type containers in their basements. One can put together a structure made of wood. Make it square or rectangular in shape, about two feet high, and have a wooden bottom on it. Place it a little off the floor to prevent the bottom from rotting. Placing it on top of wooden pallets, for instance, would help to solve this problem. Then fill it up with soil and plant the things you want. Depending on how much light comes into the basement, one could also employ some overhead lighting.