Make sure to take note of these points before growing an indoor garden!
1. Climate conditions:
- Even though Singapore is a small country, climatic conditions – humidity, temperature, amount of rainfall and sunlight – still differ from place to place. Make sure that the plants you wish to grow can adapt to the environment in your area.
- Ask yourself why are you growing a garden? Don't grow a garden without a purpose, as you must be willing to take care of them. There are many ways you can use the plants such as herbs in your garden: for food, medicine etc.
- Examples of herbs for culinary purposes: basil, rosemary, thyme etc.
- Examples of herbs for medical purposes: oregano, lemon balm, lavender
- Here are some easy herbs you can grow indoors.
- Is your space suitable for growing plants?
- Can they get enough sunlight of 4-6 hours?
- Will the space protect them from threats such as strong winds and heavy rain?
- The choice of pots definitely matters. Best if the pots are self-watering and have good drainage to avoid drowning your plants. Avoid yellow pots because aphids (a garden pest) are attracted to yellow. Ikea's Avandbar self-watering pots which are available in different shapes and sizes.
- The soil is probably the most important factor as when growing plants. Since you would be eating the herbs, you would want soil of good quality.
- Good soil for herbs must have these characteristics: loose and aerated, full of micro-organisms, presence of organic matter, water-retaining ability. Find out more here.