Dish Gardens bring Gardening indoors for the Winter
Indoor Edible and Ornamental Gardens
There's no reason you should stop growing just because your garden did.
Winter is a time for dormancy in traditional gardens but indoor gardening is a way to hold onto the sunshne and greenery till spring. Arranging plants, edibles and ornamentals in small pots and dishes can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the season blues.
By creating an indoor garden you actually creating a miniature landscape and or a mini indoor farm. It can be a few simple plants or an indoor jungle, however you like it.
An important thing is consider when choosing plants is compatibility. In traditional gardens we call that companion planting, in indoor gardens you want to choose plants that have similar requirements to place together. Succulents and cacti work well together. Mixing plants that need more sunlight with shade favoring plants is a no no.
Or you could choose a theme, tropical, dessert, rock gardens or herb gardens. Many herbs and spices are commonly grown in indoor herb gardens. Many common herbs for culinary, aromatherapy and medicinal purposes can easily be grown indoors all year. Kitchen garden gourmets enjoy the convenience of having fresh herbs available as needed right in their own home.
Indoor Fruit ? Sure, why not ? Over the last few decades, plants have been bred that can be successfully grown indoors, in containers, using up minimal space. Just about any fruit, berry and some veggies are now available as an indoor variety. See: Indoor Fruit Trees .
To thrive indoors, plants need light, natural light is best but Grow Lights will also work. Put your plants in a sunny location near a window where they'll get andequate sunlight on a daily basis.
Things to consider when choosing your containers
Anticipate how large the plants will grow. Be sure a container has adequate volume for the soil as well as the plant or plants at their full maturite size. One of the most common mistakes is using a pot that is just fine when you started out, but is way too small for the full grown plant.
Try not to use containers with narrow openings.
Metallic Pots sometimes interact chemically with fertilizer and can harm plants. Do not use wood treated with creosote, or other toxic compounds as they can damage the plants.
Clay pots are porous and water is slowly lost from the sides of the container. They should be monitored closely for loss of moisture.