You can go to the grocery store less often and eat more healthy food if you grow it yourself. All that is needed is a small patch of dirt, water, some seeds, and patience to watch a garden grow. Apartment dwellers and even some owners don’t always have the ability to grow gardens outdoors though. They could have limited natural light or live on land that has contaminated soil. Some even live in communities where garden growing is forbidden. There is always the option of utilizing light deprivation greenhouses for vegetable growing. You and your children can choose a small room in your home to embark on a gardening journey that will provide you with sustenance, education, and teach your kids with important lessons that will stay with them forever.
Some Plants Don’t Need Sunlight
When growing a plant indoors, you usually want to keep it in a window sill so that it gets plenty of natural light. You may also be taught to rotate your plants so that the sunlight can be evenly distributed and no parts become weak. With light deprivation, indoor garden growers have more control over how big their plants grow and when they are ready for harvest. You can also grow plants during times of the year that they are not usually available. Imagine being able to eat fresh strawberries in the middle of winter. Light deprivation vegetable and fruit gardening will teach your children that sunlight isn’t always needed to grow strong plants.
Growing Gardens in Tight Places
Since outdoor plants require many hours of sunlight, you will need to plant them in a manner that allows them to stretch their leaves and remain uncrowded. Indoor gardening works differently. It is more important that you situate grow lights so that your plants grow the way that you want. Some plants are going to naturally require more exposure to your grow lights while others might only need a couple of hours of concentrated artificial lighting. You can have an entire garden growing in a hallway closet or incorporate your garden in your living room decor. Many people own houseplants that they use to make their homes look tropical, so think about how your indoor garden can be set up to be functional as well as visually exciting.
The Principles of Hydroponics and Aeroponics
Not only can plants grow and thrive without natural sunlight, not all of them need soil either. Aeroponics, or the act of growing plants in the air, enables gardeners to stack plants from floor to ceiling. You can have fresh lettuce growing in your home, sans soil, right on top of a crop of delicious rhubarb. Hydroponics uses water in place of soil, with the water dispersing all of the minerals and nutrients that plants require. Both of these gardening methods can be used to grow plants in cramped spots indoors that have little access to the sun. If you want your children to learn how to grow indoors without sun or soil, you may want to invest in a hydroponic or aeroponic system that makes use of light deprivation.
Reaping A Fruitful Harvest
When you grow your vegetable garden indoors, you don’t have to wait until certain times of year to grow your favorite plants. Indoor plants are shielded from the elements and they can be grown off-season as long as you keep the temperature and conditions right. Your children will be astounded when they see fruit and vegetables growing in their home at a time of year when those same foods aren’t easily found in grocery stores. Your kids might even have their own special requests to grow particular plants that they have grown fond of eating after embarking on indoor gardening.
You will need some of the same tools used to grow an outdoor garden, such as a shovel, pots and plant nutrients. You and your children should watch your plants closely so that they don’t become sick and make adjustments when they don’t appear to be thriving. What you will be teaching your children is that food doesn’t just have to be bought at a grocery store and that they can control what goes into their bodies on a regular basis. Homegrown food tastes better, has fewer pesticides, and is more fulfilling to eat because it comes from your own concerted efforts. If you choose to teach your children this life skill they will always have a way to feed themselves the most wholesome of food.