Gardening can be done anywhere. You can pick up a ‘green’ light at the local hardware store and set up an area for yourself somewhere in the home. It’s not really conducive to growing traditionally huge plants like cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash, but there are several advantages to growing your own microgreens, mushrooms, and herbs by indoor gardening.
All you really need is some water, some reasonably nutritious soil, some seeds, and good light. Mother Nature takes care of the rest – the plants themselves know how to grow. All of these things, when combined, yield a whole lot more in food for less than you’d pay for fruits, vegetables, and herbs at the supermarket. That, and the fun of getting to play in dirt is quite compelling. Here are a few staples of indoor gardening.
Indoor Gardening Plants
Here at Penny Thots, there was an article about how your seasoning mixes are wasting you money, and that’s definitely true. You don’t get to control what goes into the herbs and spice packs, nor do you get to control the added fillers. Growing your own herbs is a time investment – one that all you have to do is watch them grow.
Basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, and tarragon are all excellent herbs for growing indoors. These herbs want to live, and so they’ll work very hard to make sure that happens. Drying your herbs doesn’t take that much effort, either; you can do it in the oven or naturally by setting them in the sun. Either way, for the price of some seeds and a little setup, you can start a great indoor garden in your apartment or other small living space.
Microgreens and Mushrooms
Every week, I spend about $3 on mushrooms. I am madly in love with most mushrooms, as they are so versatile and have an amazing array of varieties. There’s nothing that makes a hamburger sing so well as having a side of succulent buttered mushrooms on the side. These can be grown at home with minimum investment.
You see, growing things with small root systems is the name of the game when gardening indoors. For both microgreens and mushrooms, you need a light source and a paste of seeds and nutrients spread over a cooking tray. That’s pretty much it. I mean – it’s not that hard – look at chia pets!
The secret to indoor gardening is leaving things alone. Once you give the plants a little water, a little sun, and some nutrients, you’re good to go. For a small investment of time and under $50, you can have enough greens, mushrooms, and herbs to last you all year round. Good luck, and happy gardening!
Emily Hunter blogs at Million Ways to Save, where she looks for the best ways to save you money. Along with tips, she also offers ideas on making money, debt reduction, and making your lifestyle work.