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Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden
Indoor Kitchen Gardening is about creating a sense of play and nourishment. There’s a certain thrill that comes with seeing seeds begin to pop into their first leaves, and if you’re wearing your pajamas at the time, that excitement can feel doubled. Although there are some challenging projects wedged into these pages, much of the book is devoted to easy growing practices, so indoor gardening feels more like a fun journey than a daunting task. It doesn’t matter if you’re crammed into an urban apartment with one fern balanced on the fire escape or wondering how to use a lovely greenhouse space in your new farmhouse, anyone can use these simple tricks and techniques to develop garden abundance. Let the adventure begin!
For many indoor growers, some form of artificial light will come into play (more on that later), but for maximum efficiency and sustainability, utilize natural light as much as possible. As a general rule, south-facing windows are preferred because they allow for abundant light, but depending on where you’re located in the country, this could be a benefit or a drawback. Light streams in, but heat does, too. Placing some plants in direct sunlight during the hottest part of a summer day, especially without proper airflow, can cook them instead of bolstering growth. When selecting a site for growing, look for one that allows for natural light, but can also be shaded in some way. This might be as easy as picking a window that has an awning outside that blocks the sun during the middle of the day, or placing plants on a shelf that gets indirect sunlight.
Bossy E’s Best Indoor Growing Medium
Measure out about 7 to 8 cups of indoor potting soil or compost mix, and about 2 cups of vermiculite.
Blend the dry ingredients thoroughly with your hands.
Add water; depending on how dry the soil is, you’ll probably need at least 2 to 3 cups of water, but add it gradually and mix it in until you can squeeze a handful and have a few drops (not a stream) dribble out.
Test the consistency of the growing medium. It should clump together without too much pressure, but fall apart once you let go of it.
Publisher : Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (June 15, 2014)
Language : English
Paperback : 224 pages
ISBN-10 : 159186593X
ISBN-13 : 978-1591865933
Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.63 x 9.13 inches