Make your own indoor vegetable garden

Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs is an idea that appeals to many of us. But roommates do not necessarily allow you to have a garden to grow your food... An indoor vegetable garden can be the miracle solution, from an economic, subsistence and ecological points of view. đź’¸ We would like to share with you our tips for growing your indoor vegetable garden and having fresh basil to put on your pasta or pizza (even frozen) to impress your roommates!

Feb 12, 2020

«Smart » vegetable garden


You don’t have a green thumb? No worries and welcome to the 21st century ! Young companies have developed intelligent indoor vegetable gardens. These new gadgets promise fresh and organic herbs all year round as well as a new design touch to your furniture.

The only thing to do is to add water once every 2 or 3 weeks. What else could you ask for ?


Cultivate your own vegetable garden


If you have a green thumb, but you don’t know how to grow plants, don’t worry, we’re going to share with you our tips and tricks for growing your own garden ! Firstly, you need to choose the right place for your future garden, knowing that all plants require a bright and airy room, without being too exposed to the wind. Secondly, you need to choose the most suitable pots.


Different types of pots


Plastics pots are certainly very affordable, but the roots do not develop well in them, not to mention the environmental cost of manufacturing plastic and not recycling it.
Terracotta pots allow better air circulation and water evaporation. However, they require more frequent watering, so favor plants that fear excess water.
You can also choose clay pots, but don't forget that they are heavy! It is therefore important not to overuse this material to avoid seeing your balcony fall off ! (320kg/m2 max)
Finally, geotextile pots have several advantages. Super resistant, they let the plant breath and ensure good drainage. They are lightweight, foldable and can even be put in a washer.


Our little tips


For a faster and more efficient growth, you can fertilize your plants with nutrients, such as phosphorus, favoring flowering and development of fruits, or potassium, which helps plants to develop their taste and size.
If you want to use pesticide-free fertilizer for a 100% organic vegetable garden, it is essential to know the virtues of certain plants in order to arrange the space in the best possible way. For example, the smell of thyme repels slugs, whereas basil promotes the growth of tomatoes.




Easy plants to grow at home


Mesclun : grows in a pot, water it regularly. After 2 weeks, you will see the leaves that are fleshy enough to eat.

The lemon tree : It can be grown without any problem in pots as long as it is protected from frost and high winds. Plant the seeds, water as soon as the germ becomes a plant, then transplant it.

Pepper : Varieties of small peppers can be grown from the seed if you plant them in indoor pots,. They are also pretty as decorative plants. To accelerate their germination, cover the pot (with a pot lid, a sheet of newspaper...) When it starts to grow, remove the weakest germs to aerate the others.

Other plants to sow in spring : Beetroot, chives, spinach, lettuce, parsley, radish, tarragon, cherry tomato, thyme, dandelion...

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There are a multitude of vegetables, fruits or herbs that are very easy to plant, so it's time to get started, especially since the sunny days are coming! We can now say hello to a spring and to the future fresh salads. We hope you liked this article, don't hesitate to send us pictures of your vegetable garden, we will gladly share them on our Facebook page or on Insta !



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